CLOSET || THE FOUR STEP EDIT
Some other benefits (besides the obvious – you want less clutter & want to take control of your appearance) of doing a good wardrobe/ closet edit twice a year, are that it:
- Saves you money and time – you will wear more of what you already own, you will spend less time feeling frustrated and exclaiming: “I have nothing to wear!!”
- Gives you more confidence in your day-to-day choices as you will mix and match more successfully.
- Creates the basis of a ‘capsule wardrobe.’ This is merely an outcome, not a rigid, prescribed goal. A wardrobe edit will help you create your own, unique collection.
1 : READY
These are your starting block questions:
—What do I own too much of? Keep in mind that most of us wear only 20% of what we have 80% of the time.
—Why have I been holding onto things I no longer wear? Because I think it will come in handy one day… Or I can’t decide what to do with it… Or because of the nostalgic value… Or simply because I spent good money on it… Acknowledge these feelings, then let them go.
—Will I still enjoy fashion after my wardrobe edit? Absolutely! “It’s a misconception to think that minimalism and fashion are incompatible. It’s still possible to remain up to date with major trends and have a small capsule wardrobe. You just have to be judicious in your choices. Treat how you dress as a fun creative hobby, a chance to play. With a foundation of versatile basics, you can easily drop in a few items that catch your eye.” – Rae Ritchie
— Do I feel that I want to change the way I look? So, am I ready? If the answer is ‘yes’ & ‘yes”, move on to # 2.
2 : PREP IS EVERYTHING
—Set aside some time, so you can really focus. Bring those old clothes down from the loft and pull out any stowed-away garments from under the bed.
—Have a good collection of hangers ready.
—Also, prepare some garbage bags/ boxes.
—Make sure you have access to a good full length mirror for trying on clothes.
3 : GO TIME
—Review your clothes. Consider your clothes as though they were new items that you were going to buy (and spend a lot of money on). Evaluate each garment and consider the following questions:
- Does this suit me? Compliment my shape? Fit (now – not when you’ve lost 10lbs!)? Does it work with my current lifestyle?
- Is it in good condition? A color that suits me? Comfortable?
- Am I happy wearing this?
- Have I worn it in the last 12 months?
—Divide and conquer. Make a pile for each of the following 3 categories:
Items to keep
Identify, then return these to the closet, arranging by garment type, length or by colour. Hang trousers long to avoid creating a crease at the knee.
Try rolling items to be stored in drawers.
Use shoe or gift boxes to store smaller items.
As you look into a drawer, you should be able to see everything clearly.
Would any of these things work with your ‘to keep’ clothes?
Should this item be washed or dry cleaned, altered or mended?
If not, relegate to ‘Items to let go’ pile.
Items to let go
Let go of what no longer serves you.
Give them away, swap them, sell them off, donate them, or recycle them.
Get them out of your home and out of your mind.
4 : MAINTAINANCE
Now that you have created an edited wardrobe and clearly see what you own (and love), you’ll be surprised how easily you can imagine different combinations and identify any gaps. Make a list of items you need and also of the items you really want to own/ add to your wardrobe.
To further maintain this edited wardrobe:
Store by season. Divide what you have into seasons. I have a summer/winter wardrobe, so I hang my summer clothes in small closet until I gradually swap them with my winter items when warmer weather returns. This is the perfect time to do a Winter-Summer swap now as warmer weather is definitely approaching 😉
Adopt a ‘one in, one out’ approach. When you need something new, adopt the ‘one in, one out’ approach.
“It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that if you have something you love, or there’s something you want, you’ll be happier with more.” – Gretchen Rubin.
The best approach for me is to rather keep one lovely item than several mediocre ones.
Change your mindset. Avoid shopping for specific occasions.
Your go to should be planning an outfit from your existing items that look great on you. Shopping is always your LAST resort.
You’ve taken that first step! Well done!
You’ve found confidence in your ability to declutter your closet and you want to take control of your appearance. Enjoy seeing & wearing your favourite items every day this season.