5 Essential Steps To An Organised Wardrobe And An Empowered You!
Contributed by Nathalie Ricaud October 12, 2017
I LOVE helping women organise their wardrobe! Witnessing the feelings of frustration and overwhelm being replaced by a greater self-esteem and higher confidence levels.
Sometimes even being a trigger to losing weight where past attempts had failed. It feels so rewarding – for them and for me!
I can imagine you saying, ‘yes, it all sounds good but it’s hard work, I struggle to let go, and, every time I’ve tried, clutter came back anyway.’ Can I just ask you then to close your eyes for a couple of minutes and visualise what your life could look like if you had an organised wardrobe?
Got it? Well time to make your vision a reality by following these five essential steps I use with my clients to organise their wardrobe and keep it organised.
Step 1 | Regroup And Divide
Gather in your bedroom all the clothes you own, including the ones from the laundry basket and ironing pile, or stored in another room.
Sort them in categories – whether it’s by type, occasion/activity, colours or a combination of various criteria.
Step 2 | Declutter
Go through one category at a time and decide what to keep and what to discard in that category.
Did you know that we use 20% of our clothes 80% of the time? Keep only what you need, use and love. And fit into your closets! The rest is clutter. Use these eight questions to help you decide:
Clothes that you don’t want to keep can be donated, given away, recycled, sold or swapped. Dispose of them as soon as the purge is over.
Give yourself a deadline for the clothes you need to alter, give away, recycle, sell or swap and, if you haven’t done what you needed to do by your deadline, then donate the items.
Step 3 | Put Your Clothes Back In Your Closets
Every category of items needs to have a dedicated home so you can easily remember where to put an item away and where to retrieve it. Make sure that the clothes you most frequently wear are visible and easily accessible because what you can’t see, you don’t use.
Deciding what to hang or fold depends on your wardrobe configuration, how much you own in each category but also your preferences. Choosing hangers uniform in size and colour will make your closet look nice and orderly.
Step 4 | Fine-Tune
You may realise after a while that the home you’ve allocated to your pants would be better used for your T-shirts or that the basket you’ve allocated to your scarves is too small etc. That’s ok, don’t let this frustrate you, just make necessary adjustments until the system really works for you.
Step 5 | Maintain
Avoid another big overhaul by practising the following:
- Return things where they belong after you use them. It shouldn’t be difficult if every item has a dedicated home.
- Purge regularly and often. Don’t put back in your cabinets clothes you know you won’t be wearing again or that you no longer love.
- Buy only what you need. Shop with a list. Don’t buy on sale unless it’s on your shopping list. Rent or borrow when possible.
- Play the number game. You know the “one in / one out” concept, make it “one-in / two-out”.
- Rationalise. Build a capsule wardrobe of essential items that can easily be mixed and matched.
Hopefully this 5-step approach isn’t overwhelming. But if it is, forget about the task ahead and focus instead on the benefits that you’ll get by having an organised wardrobe. Aren’t the efforts worth it? And if you need help to guide and encourage you in this process, just contact me! As I said, I LOVE organising wardrobes 😊
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