I’d been meaning to sort through my wardrobe(s) for some time now, today I decided enough procrastinating/excuses and to actually do it.
I say wardrobes as I have in fact have two, well 1 & 1/2, one that is solely mine and one shared with Artur that hangs my dresses in. I also have a chest of drawers.
First I took everything out of my wardrobes and put it into piles: Tops (dresses), Bottoms, Jumpers and Jackets, Underwear, Shoes, Other – I found board games and various small items that had also made there way in there.
Before photo – My wardrobe
I started sorting the non clothing items first. Keep, Donate/Sell or Bin. Surprisingly easy to do.
I began by trying on all my clothes and piled them into stuff I don’t need, stuff I wasn’t sure about and stuff I wanted to keep. I went through one category of clothing at a time, i.e. all tops at once, all skirts, and so on. It’s bit easier to determine if you have duplicates or similar pieces. Also helps from getting overwhelmed!
Any clothes that were damaged beyond repair, e.g. holes, tares or couldn’t be recycled into something else, e.g. jeans to shorts, went straight into a bin bag. Anything that didn’t fit or I hadn’t worn in ages – or at all! – Or simply no longer liked went in a donate/sell pile.
I went through the “keep” pile and some more clothes ended up added to the donate/sell pile, like duplicate styles of clothing – how many black cardigans does a girl need – for example.
Questions I asked myself while going through my clothes:
- Does it fit me?
- Are all aspects of it flattering (i.e. the cut, color, fabric)?
- Do I love it? / Would I re-buy it today?
- Will I actually wear it? – If you’re like me, you’ve bought a skirt, top, whatever with the intention of finding something to wear with it… and it’s still unworn in your wardrobe years later!
Having filtered through the “keep” pile I made a list of items I need, I’m on a budget at the moment so it’s important I don’t get caught up impulse buying!
This is the list I came up with:
- 1 long sleeved top – white or black
- 2 plain colour tshirts
- 1 plain black tshirt
- 1 smart skirt, suitable for work but also a smart/casual night out – black?
- 1 white and 1 colour button down shirt, as mine ended up in the “to go” pile
- A dressier shirt in a colour – think texture or patterns
- Smart/casual trousers, but not jeans or black “work trousers” – Khaki’s, linen trousers?
- A graphic sweater – Think big, fluffy, having a bad day and need comfort. David and Goliath brand?
- Little black dress (LBD) – as mine ended up in the “too big” pile 🙁
- Black boots – flat or low heel, suitable for work
- Closed smart/casual shoes, again suitable for work
- Pretty black flats
- Bras!!! – Get re measured
- Tights – it was surprising how many I binned
- Socks for flats (in suitable colours), aka Popsocks
- 1 winter coat
- 1 water proof coat/mack
That’s it! Most items are to replace items that were donated/sold/binned. I’ve yet to do the shopping part of my wardrobe organisation haha.
Next, I put my “keep” pile into clean and dirty, obviously washed the dirty and put the clean clothes away.
Thinking about storage
I hung up:
- Pants (underwear)
For my shoes they were put on our shoe rack, for the most part, the out of season shoes were put into storage boxes. I love the “drop-front shoe boxes” from Lakeland, that open from the side rather than the top, as honestly who wants to unstack all the boxes just to get to one pair of shoes!
And we’re done 🙂
Next task, sorting through my accessories/jewellery and having a clear through my chest of drawers.