To quote Coyote Ugly circa 2000 –
I have a serious shopping problem!”
So as I stared at my burgeoning and slightly overflowing wardrobe #1 (yes I may have two…) exasperated over the fact I had nothing to wear – yet again – I realised something. Could it be that my affliction for the new was blinding me to what I already had in my clothing collection?
At the time of this reckoning I had just read an article in SHOP til you drop on de-cluttering…entitled “Is your wardrobe A CLUTTERF**K?” it immediately resonated. Opening with the line “Attention hoarders” and quoting case study volunteer Brenda Briand (creative mind behind accessory label Benah) “I am a collector…It doesn’t matter how much space I have it will always be full” I knew I had found a fellow style-storage-sufferer. I read on to read the expertise given by professional organiser Holly Whale “We probably only wear 20 per cent of our wardrobes 80 per cent of the time” (ok strike one for me) “buying new things so often means we’ll wear that killer find once…then forget about it in the chaos” (strike two). “Imagine all the potentially amazing outfits going to waste – it’s a wardrobe tragedy“. A WARDROBE TRAGEDY?! (strike three).
It was a sign. The time had finally come to sort through the Amazonian jungle of corporate wear, party frocks, summer tops, shirts in every shade, pattern and texture imaginable, winter jackets and don’t even get me started on the denim. Could I actually bring myself to purge everything I haven’t worn in the past year? Time to find out.
Inspired by the article, I started with the same rules.
Step 1: Clean slate.
Take everything out and start again, piece by piece. Investment pieces and favourites/regular wears were all keepers. Anything I hadn’t even looked at in the past 3 months (article gave leeway for a year but I was being brutal) was tossed. I also started a maybe pile and then tried everything on again at the end. Anything that remotely didn’t fit or suit my style taste anymore was outta there.
The result? A fabulous, colour-categorised, easy access ‘drobe that makes dressing in the morning feel like a mini-shopping trip. I had forgotten about all the wonderful hues, fabrics and textures I had purchased on whims, flights of fashion fancy and impulse. And with a serious (and I mean serious) injection of winter clothes from my European travels I now feel well and truly set for 2014.
Before (a glimpse through the walk in doors at the chaos)…
…After (so far anyway).
Step 2: Spin stuff into gold
But what to do with the giant pile of clothes that no longer suit my taste? I have too much respect for my threads to just dump them in a bin, unloved. They deserve more.
So taking cue from the article instead of throwing them out I will be taking part in the January 19th Brisbane Suitcase Rummage! If you’re interested in second-hand dresses, tops, skirts, blazers and shorts going for less than $15 (as well as some bargain $2 grabs) please come and say hi! I’ll be the crazy lady in Reddacliff Place with the bright pink painted “Mimi Sells” sign and a giant lolly jar to lure you in, seeking to give my clothes a new home.
Hope to see you there!
Step 3: Pimp your space
As I pieced by wardrobe back together again item by item, I decided to organise dresses, skirts, dress shorts and cardigans, sweaters and blazers on the left hand side of my walk-in, used prime real estate of the forward facing space for tops, dress tees and shirts (all colour coded sweeping from black-to-blue-to-green-to-yellow-to-white-to-white/black-prints-to-pinks-to-reds) with pants layered on multi stacked hangers at the end. The right side was then dedicated to winter woollies, coats, trenches and leather jackets. It’s an ongoing process and constant battle to keep it in order but next phase will be to address the shelf space…which leaves a lot to be desired. Stay tuned on that front!
De-cluttering is certainly an invigorating and satisfying process – expert Holly was right. I have rediscovered so many pieces and as a result I have managed to significantly curb my spending habits. Although now instead of buying clothes my eyes have diverted to accessories (statement necklaces, rings and shoes have been among my latest acquisitions)…What can I say? I am a shopaholic 😉
Have you done a wardrobe cleanse recently?