Your Complete Wardrobe Spring Clean Guide

Your Complete Wardrobe Spring Clean Guide

It may not be top of your favourite activities to do list, nevertheless, I am going to sell you the benefits of a springtime wardrobe sort and tidy.

Wardrobes are so often neglected spaces and yet, a fresh, up-to-date, well organised wardrobe is such a joy.  Please let me encourage you to set aside some time this month for a really good wardrobe sort out.  It’s like exercise, you will feel better for doing it.

Thoughts to focus your mind on while you take on the wardrobe spring clean:

  • Think of your wardrobe as an asset that should be working hard for you and delivering good results.
  • Aim for the maximum number of outfit combinations with the space you have available.
  • A successful wardrobe is not measured by how many items are in there, but by how many useful outfits the wardrobe offers you today, now, at this moment.
  • So don’t be tempted to keep things in your wardrobe which are not for immediate wear. Only clothing that fits well and you enjoy wearing is deserving of the space.
  • Beware the Endowment Effect. Most people ascribe more value to things merely because they own them. Be aware of this tendancy as you sort through your clothing and make your decisions based on your current lifestyle needs.

Research shows that in your average wardrobe only 15% of the items are worn a staggering 85% of the time and yet the most common complaint levelled at your average wardrobe is that there simply isn’t enough space. Well, you don’t need to be a genius to figure out a very simple solution here. Making time for a regular sort out will mean that you start using the space available far more effectively.

If you care about your clothing, then it’s kinder to the fabrics if you allow them room to breathe. I recommend an inch between each item. This will keep your clothing looking its best for longer.

Here are a few top tips to help you get started:

  • Try to find a separate space outside of your wardrobe on which to sort and organise your items . A pack away hanging rail is especially helpful for hanging items.
  • Use a cleaning cloth to clean the wardrobe surfaces as you go.
  • Take the chance to refresh any moth repellent products you are using.
  • Categorise the items you are not keeping.  Here are some suggestions – bin, sell, charity, alter/repair.
  • Have some bin bags, sticky labels and a marker pen at the ready.
  • Only keep clothing that is in good condition and up-to date.
  • Allow yourself one suitably sized box to keep just a small selection of especially sentimental items. Store this box in an attic space or somewhere other than your wardrobe.
  • Make a note of items to your shopping list as you go. This should only have those key items that are either currently missing, or that need replacing due to wear.

However,if you simply can’t face it alone, then get in touch to book my wardrobe assessment service. Sometimes it’s just good to have a helping hand. I charge £300 for a half day, which is generally long enough to sort out an average sized wardrobe.

About The Author
Ellen Bletsoe I like to provide a space in which my clients can define and celebrate their own style. Qualified Personal Stylist and Master of The Federation of Image Professionals International.

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