Happy New year to you, my lovely reader!!
Entering a new year offers the chance for new beginnings, and while we typically assign ourselves to a long list of resolutions that, chances are, we just won’t stick to, one commitment worth fulfilling is – clearing out your wardrobe.
Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of clothes in your cupboard? Then there’s never been a better time to get rid of those tatty jumpers and jeans that don’t quite fit anymore.
That being said, letting go of items you’ve owned for years can be tough – so to help you figure out what it is you really need to do, I am sharing an excerpt from my bestselling- book- The No Black Project, which should provide some practical tips on how to declutter your wardrobe for the new year!
DO YOU HAVE A TOXIC WARDROBE?
Most women are guilty of having what I refer to as a ‘toxic wardrobe’. A toxic wardrobe is a cluttered wardrobe. It is a wardrobe full of clothing, shoes and accessories that are under-used and are unworkable.
You have a toxic wardrobe if:
You have clothing in your wardrobe you have not worn for the last 5 years
Your clothes are very closely packed together you barely have space to add any more.
You have clothing in your wardrobe that is not functional (too big, too small, wrong styles, wrong colours, clothing you simply don’t love or clothing and accessories not related to your current lifestyle).
You have clothing in your wardrobe that reminds you of a sad time in your life, such as a break up or job loss.
For various reasons, such as shopping without purpose, blindly following fashion trends, copy-cat dressing or lack of knowledge about what works for you, you may have ended up accumulating an excessive, non-workable wardrobe with clothing and accessories you rarely use. The solution to this is performing a wardrobe weed or declutter.
Performing a wardrobe weeding session is not an easy process. Most of us love to hold on to things, even if we know deep down that these things are no longer working for us. The success of this process relies on you being completely honest with yourself and mentally preparing yourself to let go of the old and welcome the new.
Remember that whatever you keep that is not working for you is taking away your energy (physically, mentally and emotionally) and of course the perfect opportunity to create your ideal mix and match wardrobe. Imagine a wardrobe where each and every item of clothing and accessory is usable? Imagine a wardrobe full of clothing and accessories that you can mix and match, easily throw on and look stylish every single time?
In order to get yourself to this place, you will need to create the space and energy for the ‘new’ to come in. Holding on to the ‘old’ stifles any progress.
For this reason, you will have to be extremely strict with yourself throughout this process. Trust me; it will all be worth it in the end!
You can perform a wardrobe weeding session 4 times a year (after every season) or twice a year. I tend to perform a wardrobe weeding session twice a year; just before Spring (for Spring and Summer) and just before Autumn (for Autumn and Winter).
Here is a step by step process on how to perform a wardrobe weeding session:
Plan in a day or two in your diary where you can carry out a wardrobe weeding session- undisturbed. Divide your wardrobe weeding themes into three, namely: ‘All clothes that you wear out’, ‘Clothing that you wear in the house or for exercise’ and ‘Shoes and other accessories’. In order to avoid getting too overwhelmed with the whole process, pick one theme per session or day.
Oh, and play lots of great music!
Pick a colour palette based on what you feel resonates with you the most and use this palette as your basis for your choice of colours for the clothing and accessories in your wardrobe. If you have picked more than one palette, separate your wardrobe arrangement to clearly separate the two palettes. Remember, colour makes the biggest difference when it comes to mixing and matching.
Find 4 pieces of A4 paper and 4 stick labels. Create 3 main piles and label them: ‘Resell, ‘Charity’, ‘Bin’ and ‘Not In Season’ piles. Then find 3 big and strong bin bags for the first three and a box or case for the out of season stuff!