Welcome to the third and final part of the “How to Organise your Wardrobe” series of posts. In the first part we looked at the ASSESS and DECLUTTER stages of the A.D.O.R.E process, in the second we looked at the ORGANISE stage, and now it’s time to tackle REAL LIFE and EVALUATING – so let’s get started shall we!
STEP NINE – Live with it for a while!
Now you have sorted your clothes out, created space for them, and found the best way to store them so that they will be easy to find as and when required.
Next step is to live with the system, and to work with it as you go day to day.
Clothes are constantly needed, and so need to be constantly looked after to stay organised otherwise they will very quickly get messed up and cluttered again.
To try and stay on top of your clothes while living you life, create some new habits:-
- Work on a one in one out policy for future purposes so that you don’t become overwhelmed ever again.
- When you are shopping for new items, it’s always best to know what you need, and what it will go with – when you are at home spend a little time working out what items go with what, and what you need to complete an outfit – that way you are only ever getting more value out of what you already have, and not wasting time and money on buying items that you won’t wear because you don’t need it and/or you haven’t got anything to wear it with.
- Rotate your clothes as the seasons change – add a date to your diary to change your clothes over, and maybe some shopping time too! Also think about rotating clothes if you have lots – so that you get to wear them all!
- Treat your clothes with respect and look after them – an organised wardrobe means you will get more wear and value from every piece of clothing that you have – saving you time and money.
- Take photos of you wearing the clothes, and add them to the wardrobe door on the inside – that way you can see at a glance what you look like in things, what goes together, and what you want to wear. This makes it even easier to put outfits together quickly, and easy to see what isn’t used.
- Plan your outfit the night before – if you want to be really organised think ahead – if you know what clothes you need for the following day you can hang them out ready so that you don’t need to rush around in the morning ironing or having lost a vital accessory (although the more organised you become the less likely this is to happen!)
STEP TEN – Make any tweaks that are necessary
When it comes to evaluating the system you have put in place, you want to be able to tweak anything that doesn’t work for you very well.
Are you finding it hard to find items quickly still, can you hang them in a different order?, do you still feel that you have too many clothes? – there are many ways that you may need to evaluate, and getting into the habit of upkeep will make life so easy – especially if you have a life change that means a wardrobe change (new job, losing weight etc..)
- If you are unsure what you do actually wear, get into the habit of having all coat hangers hooks facing the same way when they are put into the wardrobe, and then when an outfit has been worn, put the hanger back but turned around. This is a really quick way of seeing at a glance what you have actually worn, and what you thought you needed on the first sort through may actually not be realistic and you may be able to get rid of more than you thought!
- On a yearly basis go through your wardrobe and ensure that you have all the staples for your look, and that they are in good condition – if not, replace them! Items that can be considered staples are things like a good pair of jeans, a white shirt, a little black dress, knee length boots, strappy shoes, trainers, a good gym kit etc…. whatever you need that works for your look. It is also worth considering getting items that are purely for that season, to give you a fresh look.
You will find that tweaking the system will eventually create the perfect method for you personally.
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Well done on getting this far! – I truly hope that you are feeling the benefits of an organised wardrobe now, and I hope that this process has made it more simple for you to get your wardrobe organised once and for all.
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Do you have any wardrobe organising tips to share? Please leave a comment below as I’d love to hear what has helped you get your clothes under control!
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