Em’s Wardrobe Detox

After my month in exile during No Spend January, I had to dig deep into my wardrobe and take a look at some of my pieces and decide whether or not they were good buys and deserved a place in my closet. I put a day aside for a big closet cleanse; it’s the most satisfying job once completed but the thought of doing made me break into a sweat. Facing up to my constant buying was terrifying (especially as I’d enlisted the help of my mum who loves to tell me off for it).

 

I really wanted to start afresh with my wardrobe and clear out some pieces that had been left neglected on their hanger for months (ok, years) on end…

 

Or pieces that I’d recently bought but didn’t wear. I have a Depop account, so knew most of the pieces I no longer needed would not go to waste. Depop is brilliant; it’s like an Instagram for preloved clothes (shop my wardrobe here). Having the incentive of selling my clothes made me slightly more ruthless, but there were some rules I stuck too.

 

Em’s 10 Wardrobe Detox Tips…

 

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Make clothes and jewellery visible…

I’ve been having a bit of a spree on Amazon of late, buying all sorts of wardrobe storage/organisers. It started with my Makeup Organiser which has been a game changer, which led me to my Necklace Organiser (again game-changing). Having things on display where possible means they no longer get neglected, Muji have a great selection of storage solutions to help you organise.

 

The 12-month rule…

If it hasn’t been worn within the last 12 months, after going through every possible weather season, it never will be.

 

Too many of the same item…

If you have many of the same items, i.e. white Tees, then ditch the old, washed out and out of shape ones. Keep your best piece and wear it more.

 

De-Knit…

Big Knits take up lots of room, so these are always the first item that gets cleared out of my wardrobe. Knits can start to look old and bobbly reasonably quickly, so invest in a Fuzz Remover to de-bobble and bring your faves back to life.

 

Be ruthless with Shoes…

Either take them to a cobbler to be re-heeled/re-soled or get rid. Once you have cleared out all your old, ruined ones, it will give you an excuse to treat yourself to a new pair!

 

Keep your wardrobe clean and tidy…

I need to practice what I preach with this one. I have a floordrobe going on 90% of the time. But if I do take the time to put clothes back correctly it helps keep on top of things and means outfit decision making is so much easier.

 

Buy the right hangers…

I’m a stickler for good hangers. Wire ones can ruin clothes and look ugly, and wooden ones take up far too much space. I’ve been using these space-saving ones from Amazon for years, and they are the best buy. For pieces that can’t be hung, buy a folder. This Brabantia one will be super useful to keep your knits and tees looking neat and tidy.

 

Handheld Steamer…

A steamer is another game-changer; I’m obsessed with my Fridja Pink Steamer. Keep a handheld one in your wardrobe for Fashion emergencies. So many times I’ve stopped myself wearing a dress or shirt because it’s creased, now I just whip out my steamer and voila!

 

Try on & make 3 piles- ‘Sell, Repair or Donate’…

If you’re in 2 minds about a piece, try it on. This helped me as it gave me my answer straight if I was pondering over whether or not to keep. If it didn’t suit me or I felt uncomfortable in it, it went in the Sell pile. If I loved but hadn’t worn due to the length or size needing tweaking or a zip/button needed fixing it went into my Repair pile. Or if it was a little unloved it went in my Donate pile.

 

List items you need…

The fun bit! After I had finished, it gave me a clear idea of what I NEED to add to my wardrobe (nothing of course, but here’s a list of things I’d like).

 

 

 

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