Out with the new, in with the old. As part of my new years resolutions (see my Top 10 Greek New Years Resolutions post ) I am following the ‘Wear more, save money’ rule (that I just made up). This means that I am making a conscious effort to wear something different everyday, without buying anything new…using all the clothes/accessories I already have in my wardrobe.
As a society, on the whole we are incredibly wasteful. Black Friday and other similar big sale days send us into a spending frenzy and often we just spend for the sake of it, because we think that in the long run we are saving ourselves money. Then we end up with a whole load of junk that we don’t use or never wear and no extra room for storing any of it.
I must admit that on occasion I’ve done the whole ‘I’ve got nothing to wear!’ or decided that I needed yet another black work cardigan only to discover that I’ve already got about five that have fallen down the back of the wardrobe.
I now regularly have a clear out of my clothes and anything that no longer fits or I haven’t worn for some time (give yourself a couple of years at least) I bag up and either a) give to family or friends b) sell on ebay c) give to charity.
I do this about every three months or when the season changes, along with a thorough spring clean (which really means – a little bit of dusting). It’s actually very therapeutic and is a chance to get my wardrobe nicely organised so that I am less likely to spend frivolously on things that I don’t need.
If you are one of those people who can’t see the wood for the trees, or in this case the back of the wardrobe for the clothes, why not declutter and get organised by following my simple steps to breathing new life into your old wardrobe.
SEPARATE BY SEASON / COLOUR CO-ORDINATE
I separate all my clothes into different sections so that I know where everything is. For example, all my coats are at one end, winter dresses next, then summer dresses etc. I also have sections for folded clothes which I divide into T-shirts / strappy tops / long-sleeved tops. I hang up all my work blouses to avoid creases and also put these in order of colour. Obsessive this may be, but it makes choosing clothes much easier. In addition to the wardrobe I have two chests of drawers carefully organised into undergarments, shoes and hosiery / a jumper drawer and a pyjama drawer. It feels good believe me!
Finding extra space for all those clothes can be tricky. The best thing is to utilise the space you already have by fitting everything neatly together rather like a jigsaw. If you don’t have a wardrobe with separate sections or an area for folded clothes, why not purchase a hanging shelf unit/closet organiser. Ikea have lots of nifty ideas for storage organisation including drawer dividers for socks, underwear and accessories. Never lose your knickers again!
Above the hanging section of my wardrobe is a large shelf – it’s too high for me to shove shoes and clothes on so I keep all my accessories and extra toiletries up there, in pretty boxes. I purchased all of my boxes from TK Maxx – they’re very reasonably priced and come in a variety of beautiful patterns and designs. You can of course go all out and buy some of those vintage style storage trunks but at the end of the day they all do the same thing. The idea is to create a space that looks lovely and has all your bits’n’bobs neatly hidden away.
I keep all my belts, bikinis and scarves in the boxes as well as hair bands and bobbles and any other bits and pieces that I might not need on a daily basis.
Ah the love of a good shoe. There’s nothing like it. Actually I’m quite good when it comes to shoe restraint, particularly since my feet seem to have got slightly bigger after the birth of my son. I now refuse to buy shoes that will cripple my feet and have invested in quality rather than quantity. A few weeks ago I sorted out my shoe den and decided that it was pointless having them all hidden in shoe boxes. A shoe rack might have been the obvious answer but instead I purchased this interlocking shoe storage holder. Available in white and black, you simply interlock the cubes and can build on each one. You can even use it to store toys and other bric-a-brac. Simples!
Treat your jewellery with care. I keep all my pieces in a special Prezerve anti-tarnish bag made from a special Flexzorb cloth. But I recently came across these fantastic jewellery hanging organisers and think they look fantastic. I’m not sure where you would keep all your little studs but you could definitely make a decorative statement with necklaces, bracelets and any chunky earrings. Keeping all your jewellery clean and organised will minimise the time it takes to untangle pieces that have knotted together and help you to quickly find something that will match with your clothes. I try to wear a different piece of jewellery everyday – whether that be earrings or a necklace – so that all my accessories get an outing and of course to add that extra summin summin to an outfit.
PLAN YOUR OUTFITS
As I wrote earlier, we are all guilty of moaning that we have nothing to wear. But nine times out of ten we just haven’t looked properly. Now that I’m back to work I’ve been experimenting with more pieces and doing a lot of mixing and matching – a typical winter work outfit will include boots, top and skirt or dress, leggings or tights, and accessories.
By mixing and matching different tops with the same pencil skirt, you’ve effectively got several different outfits to hand. I mean how many pencil skirts do you really need? Change your hair and make-up and add some different jewellery and hey presto, you’ll have a whole new look for each day of the week. You may ask – but how do you have time to plan all these pieces? Honestly, once you know what’s in your wardrobe it doesn’t take up that much time at all. (But just in case you might want to read up on my 5am challenge.)
So save yourself some pennies this year by giving your wardrobe a little TLC. Set aside some time to sort through everything, make yourself a cup of tea and put some motivational music on. Or better yet, invite the gals (or guys) round to give you a hand and put on a fashion show from the comfort of your own home!
How do you go about decluttering and organising your wardrobe?