There are many reasons people book me to have a good wardrobe detox; my clients could be returning to work after maternity leave, they may have moved home and need to rethink the space their enormous amount of clothes are taking up or they could, like many,
Sounds dramatic right?
We should feel a sense of empowerment from what we wear - and I’m not referring to a power suit, I mean in every day life.
Our clothes and what we choose to wear have a massive impact on our whole day and how we feel. Putting outfits together in order for us to feel good about what we’re wearing should be simple and take us very little time. Anything we pull from our wardrobe should be something we love, feel good
Having experienced both types of wardrobes, when it comes to clothes, less is more. I now own roughly a tenth of what I did. I still have a healthy wardrobe full of
I know where everything is and where to find it. If I decide to
If you’re mindful, meditate, exercise or practice any anxiety or stress reducing strategies, you need your surroundings to match these.
Take away some of your choices and give yourself more options!
Photograph by Hannah Morgan.
There are some powerful questions you can ask yourself when going through your clothes that will help you think more realistically. I’m not the kind of person who implements rules involving time scales, you know the kind… ‘If you haven’t worn it in a year get rid of it’. I’d argue, but what if you haven’t seen it in a year? This kind of rule just doesn’t work.
- Remind yourself why you’re doing this.
You want easier decisions, less choice and more physical and
- Go with your gut feeling.
Only you know if there’s a chance you’ll ever wear an item again. There is no point in lying to yourself. If your gut feeling says no then it can leave.
- Would you buy it now?
If you were out
- Would someone else enjoy this more than you?
Surely it’s an injustice to have a beautiful piece hanging in your wardrobe that doesn’t suit you, fit you or make you feel good? And surely it would be nicer for this item to get a chance to be enjoyed by someone else rather than
- Let the guilt go.
- Any items you only wear occasionally (ball dresses or fancy outfits) ideally shouldn’t take up your daily wardrobe space. If there is anywhere else you can store these, you’ll gain space and be able to spread out what you have a bit.
organise your wardrobe
Photograph by Hannah Morgan.
You’d be surprised how long a full wardrobe
Work on your wardrobe section by section, and start small. This is exactly why I named my book ‘Start With Your Sock Drawer’. Even doing this tiny area will give you a buzz when you see it the following morning and will inspire you to keep up the work. Continue with your underwear
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Vicky Silverthorn is your Better in 30 Professional Organiser. Vicky will declutter your home and your mind so you can stick to your New Year’s resolutions. Vicky is the author of ‘Start with your Sock Drawer’ and Founder of You Need a Vicky, a professional