The edited wardrobe

January 4, 2016

The new year signifies a fresh start for most of us, giving us the chance to clear out the old and focus on the new.
During my house move I noticed that my wardrobe was full of clothes that I didn’t wear very often, even the drawers contained multiple sets of duplicates. So I have endeavoured to reduce and consider my clothes in my new wardrobe, whilst coming up with a helpful step-by-step guide for you all.

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  1. Take absolutely everything out of your wardrobe, so that you have a clear space to work with.
  2. Once you have everything laid out in front of you, select the items that you absolutely love and put them back in your wardrobe. Invest in some nice wooden hangers for these key pieces.
  3. Next take the items that you’re unsure of, that you sort of like but not quite, and put all of these items into a box in a store room. After a season has passed, revisit this box, if you haven’t accessed any of it or bought any pieces back into your wardrobe during that time, it’s time to say goodbye to them.
  4. At this point you will only have the clothes you don’t wear or like. Sort these into piles for charity, the bin (no one wants your old pants) or for friends.
  5. If you are able to sell these items online, use that dosh to build a budget specifically for your new purchases.
  6. Finally assess what you have left in your wardrobe, is it right for this season? If not, put these clothes in seasonal piles and store away. If you notice that items are now missing from your edited wardrobe, now is the time to make your new purchase list.

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Remember that throughout this process you may find you hang on to some things in your wardrobe that still aren’t quite suitable. If this is the case, you can just pop them in the “not sure” pile and visit them later on.

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It’s such a good feeling to know that every item in your wardrobe is something you’d love to wear. Please note that the contents of my wardrobe are not quite this minimal, I have a chest of drawers also.
The biggest bonus is that it makes getting dressed so much easier, whilst giving your mind a sense of clarity.

All images are my own and can be found on my Pinterest board – wardrobe organisation

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