HOW TO: get your wardrobe new season ready

Wow.  It has been two months since I’ve posted on here.  Firstly, thank you for all those who continue to check in and see if there’s anything new.  It means so much.

I’ve spent the last 8 weeks, reevaluating and reassessing my values, my habits and my direction.  I’ve been decluttering, cutting back on spending and just trying to adult a bit better.  I’ve thought deeply about what makes me happy, routines that need to be changed and new habits that need to be created.

I’ve found a new love in Gumtree (for my non-Australian readers, it’s a buy/swap/sell website – the equivalent of the American, Craigslist).  Bordering on an obsession, it’s one that the boyfriend finds amusing and one that seems to frighten the parents – my mother is not one for knowing what it is to simplify the home.  I can’t think of a better idea than to use the funds from my decluttering to fund my new (sensible) winter wardrobe.  I say ‘sensible’ as I’m trying desperately to steer away from filling my wardrobe with useless items again.  Instead, I’m working to fill my closet only with items I love and only enough so that nothing is shoved to the back and forgotten.  So with this mission in mind, I thought I’d share my tips and tricks for doing so –

  1. Pull out everything you own for that season – clothes, shoes and accessories.  Divide them into four piles – keep, sell, donate and trash.  Items for keep are those that you KNOW will be on high rotation.  You have to be honest here.  Ever since starting to move to a more streamlined lifestyle, I’ve fallen in love with selling my things on Gumtree (for my non-Australian readers, it’s a buy/swap/sell website – the equivalent of Craigslist) but it’s a process that takes time.  So rather than put everything that could potentially earn me cash on the website, I pick and choose things that I think would be worth the time and energy.  Things to donate are those that don’t make it onto Gumtree but that are still good to wear and would be wasteful to throw out.  Lastly, things to throw out are items that are stained, have holes in them, things that nobody should wear.

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  1. If there are items in your wardrobe that you’re not sure about keeping, pop on Pinterest and see if you can find ways to reincorporate it into your life again.  If you can’t, it’s time to find another home for it.
  2. Don’t be afraid to let go of items just because your style is ever changing.  Sometimes the thing stopping you from culling items is because it was once incredibly useful and you had really enjoyed wearing it.  My style changes with each season so I churn through new favourites every few months and I’m okay with that.

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  1. Just because you know how to style something and it looks good on you, doesn’t mean you should keep it.  If you never wear the item no matter how good it looks on you, what’s the point in it taking up space in your closet?  Sell it.
  2. If you do have items that you’re not quite sure whether you are ready to get rid of, keep it but give yourself a time limit.  If you haven’t worn it within that time frame, be strong and get rid of it.

Let me know if you’ve got any tips that you use for culling your wardrobe or if these have helped you.

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