Every so often when I have the time, I dedicate about two hours to streamline our wardrobe. Since my sister and I share one giant cabinet of clothes, sometimes the piles get messy. While there should be a dividing line between casual wear and office attire for us to easily choose clothes every morning before showering, we hadn’t spared any time to decide on how to organize and set this up. Last weekend, mom called me to segregate those clothes we can donate to charity/church. I felt it was a great timing for me to streamline our wardrobe as well.
Because my sister was not home, I had the sheer liberty to “throw away” those I think don’t fit us anymore. Also, I came up with some the following rules which can be helpful to you as well. Note that these tips cover not only clothes but also shoes, accessories, bags and other garment.
5 Steps on How to Streamline Your Fashion Wardrobe
1. Get rid of torn pieces.
This sounds too basic but I sense that many people still keep their favorite old shirts after it has been damaged for so long. If you see fading, apparition of holes and other signs of wear and tear, eliminate the clothing as you will less likely to wear it in public anyway. If you cherish it much and it can be worn comfortably at home, then maybe you can stock it up in the sleeping attire section.
2. Don’t hold on to items which you have not worn in the past six months.
This is except if it’s a classic vintage material that you can pass down even to your next generation. But the rest of the clothes you haven’t worn for so long a time are only collecting dust, getting ready for deterioration and taking space in your closet.
These are perhaps clothes that you bought because they were the last pieces on the sale rack you’ve been saving for a special occasion. If it’s for the wedding of your four-year-old brother, then passing it on to others would be a safe decision. Make 2013 the year you set them free at last!
3. Do away with clothes which are not your size.
You saw a really pretty dress in a store. Unfortunately, they don’t have it in your size. Desperately, you still bought it thinking you will achieve your dream body figure. High-five for that positive thinking. The sad thing is that it didn’t happen.
So here is the mantra you should live by: Don’t ever get clothes that do not flatter your figure, even if they come with cheap price tags. Instead of online shopping, go to the physical store and try the clothes on. Forget relying on the size written on the label and go with your instincts. Do you see that it fit perfectly right? Have a critical evaluation when you look at yourself in the mirror.
If you currently have those items that don’t fit well, do not have second thoughts on donating them. Do it fast and trust me, you’ll feel great.
4. Organize what’s left.
After eliminating everything that needs to be eliminated, the next step is to organize the rest of the clothing that passed your tests. In this part, you can follow these arrangements: by color, by category or by outfit. To make them look better as a whole, get good-quality hangers and closet organizers for hard-to-hang items.
5. Shop for missing or required items.
This is the really fun part! Now that you’ve streamlined your wardrobe, you probably realize you need a few key staples. With your new system in place, you know exactly what to buy!
In this case, I need…
(1) A purse that is not black – I’m thinking of a snakeskin minaudie`re, a tangerine-hued clutch or a tasseled fuchsia satchel.
(2) A little black dress that I can always feel great in regardless of the the party guest list
(3) A neon-colored pencil skirt, jacket, dress, bracelet or bauble that brightens an otherwise all-black outfit
On second thought, I changed my mind! I’ll just save some more bucks for the car. Holy Camoly, it’s quite expensive leh. 😯
Anyway, hope you keep these steps in mind. Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz afterwards, but hopefully, there will be dinner. 😀
Do you have suggestions on how to streamline your wardrobe? You’re welcome to educate me in the comments.