When I first started to think about my bi-annual wardrobe clear-out, it was quite overwhelming. But now that the process has started, I’m settling into it – and it’s going better than expected.
So, I’m creating a series to share with you my progress. Things I’ll Share:
- An introduction (this post!)
- The good, the bad and the ugly of the wardrobe clear-out!
- Defining my personal style – how I’ve achieved this, resources etc.
- My final wardrobe
Why would I want to start clearing out my beloved attire?
Define My Personal Style
I love fashion trends. The trouble is I’ve followed pretty much all of them in the last 10 years. It means I’ve kept the things I love that have fallen out of fashion, but they can be hard to pair with more ‘classic’ styles and when I look in my wardrobe, I have no idea what to wear.
Quite honestly, I don’t know what is ‘me’. I don’t feel that I know what suits me. I’m not 100% sure of what I like. And I definitely don’t know how I want to present myself to the world (other than dog-and-home-lover – I
To Save Money
Just to refer back to the fact that I love a fashion trend… it’s also largely ‘throw-away’ fashion.
For example, I might buy 20-30 items per season for that season. I think that approximately five of those items actually transition into the next season. And then a further one or two might actually make it through the whole year and back into the same season again.
Basically I replace my entire wardrobe on a yearly cycle. There are a few things that always make the cut, a few pieces that I’m more sentimental about, or that I enjoy wearing… but other than that – everything else ends up in the charity shop or the bin!
I don’t have an endless supply of money to spend on clothes and the constant cycle of buying new clothes is having a seriously detrimental effect on my bank account. So I’d like to get to a point where I make conscious decisions about what I’m buying and if they are an investment in my wardrobe.
To Clear the C…Junk
I bought my house in June 2017. It’s not big and it certainly didn’t come with a ton of storage so I’m constantly finding new (and inventive) ways of trying to store all of my bits and bobs.
With an overflowing wardrobe (and several sets of drawers) it’s hard to keep track of where everything is. What I want to wear (not useful for planning outfits), or if it even fits anymore.
Although the joy of finding something that I can’t even remember buying is always a nice feeling… I feel the guilt when I discover the tags are still on and I haven’t worn the item since I bought it!
I Have Another Project
Wow, so this summer was meant to be all about the garden, but I’ve ended up falling in love with Farrow and Ball ‘Sulking Room Pink’ (have a little search for that on Instagram or Pinterest – new fave. Trust me.). So I need to start clearing my clutter before I empty the room to decorate.
I’ll keep you all informed on that one too, but let’s keep the focus on the clothes for now!
How do you keep your wardrobe decluttered? Or are you the same as me – constantly in a cycle of buying? I’d love to hear your tips and or wardrobe shame like me!