This weekend… declutter your clothes

Wherever you are in the world, the seasons change every three to six months and it’s either warming up or cooling down. Whatever your situation, take the time to sort out your wardrobe this weekend.

Pareto’s Principle states that 20% of your efforts result in 80% of your results.

Did you know that this principle also applies to your wardrobe? That’s right – you only wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.

The aim of your wardrobe is to have clothes you love, that look good on you and that flatter your body shape.

 

Some clothing tips:

– If you wore the fashion the first time around, you shouldn’t be wearing it this time.
– Even if it still fits you, the styles and colours will have changed.

Now let’s get busy purging and organising your clothes.

1. Put on some upbeat music and call a friend or professional organiser to help you.

2. Set aside an afternoon and remove everything from your wardrobe.

3. Make 3 piles:

* Clothes you don’t love, don’t suit your lifestyle or don’t look good on you
* Clothes you love and that fit you properly
* Clothes that you’re not sure about, for whatever reason

4. Action the piles

• donate or throw out

• Organise in your wardrobe or on your shelves according to your personal preferences – by colour, style (smart, casual, etc), or season/ sleeve length, etc.

• Move to another place in the house or to a storage container. Diarise a to look at again date (I think of this as a pending file for your clothes).

Before I went to the USA I tossed my last two pairs of “thin jeans” I’d been keeping since 2010. It feels wonderful to not have those jeans taunting me everyday 🙂

When you look at this pile again, fit everything on. You will then be able to look at the clothes unemotionally and decide whether they deserve to take up space in your wardrobe (you want to keep them) or whether they need to be donated.

• Rather have half the amount of clothes and be able to wear everything than a full-to-overflowing wardrobe where you can only wear some items.

 

I got a head-start on the weekend’s organising today.

While the kids were napping, I decluttered and reorganised my shoes and clothes. Tossed about 7 pairs I haven’t worn for years and a few tops I just don’t like wearing.

It felt great, especially because there’s some SPACE in my wardrobe again.

I’ll try and get some after pics this weekend. I was too focussed on getting going in my limited kid-free time so I didn’t faff around taking pics.

What’s on your organising to-do list this weekend?

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  1. Perfect timing for this challenge since I have to make some space for MY new season: MATERNITY clothes! That’s right, it finally worked! Since we’re not friends of FB I’m sur you didn’t know about it yet, and I wanted to share!! <3 Take care, Marcia, and thanks for this inspiring and great challenge!
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