Tidy Wardrobe, Tidy Mind

January is the perfect time to think about your wardrobe strategy for the coming year – as it’s generally a time for reflection, poor weather, being broke and staying in, what better time than to de-clutter your life and your wardrobe is the perfect starting point.

Earlier this month I completed my first wardrobe de-clutter of 2016.  It’s always tricky to conduct a wardrobe consultancy as a case study with photographic illustrations, as most women are fiercely secretive about the contents of their wardrobe – almost embarrassed by their style and label selection which really isn’t necessary.

Earlier this month I tackled Emma’s wardrobe.  Emma, like many Eliza customers has gone through a life change recently and heading towards a more settled and mature phase of her life and career, needs her wardrobe to reflect this.

Emma’s wardrobe area is immense – a wall of wardrobes –  with beautiful fittings and hanging for trousers/jeans, separate shelves for shoes, split wardrobe for tops and jackets and full length for dresses.  However, with such space comes the luxury (or should that be complacency) of addition and clutter.  In essence the space was crammed to capacity, so much so that we could barely see a thing.

Split the wardrobe into seasons if you don't have surplus storage space
Split the wardrobe into seasons if you don’t have surplus storage space

Firstly we sorted out the items which have never been worn and ascertained why.  As is the case with most women it’s the item missing from the wardrobe that will complete several outfits – so we quickly established a wish list of potential purchases.

Admittedly this is a charity purchase never worn...would smarten up any working outfit or wear with jeans and a t-shirt for the weekend
Admittedly this is a charity purchase never worn…would smarten up any working outfit or wear with jeans and a t-shirt for the weekend

Next up items which don’t fill you with joy – if they’re not “singing” when you wear them, definitely discard.  One coat was extracted which still had “wear in it” despite being “worn to death” but didn’t “feel right now” – Emma’s words not mine!  In my professional opinion it looked a little old fashioned, didn’t really fit with Emma’s lifestyle now and whilst had wear in it, we’re not in 1942 where we have to wear things up because there are no alternatives in the shops!  To the charity shop it went.

As Emma’s wardrobe contained many elderly items (a familiar story with most women’s wardrobe, including mine!), we discarded the items looking tired or worn which were beyond repair.

Enviable space organised
Enviable space carefully filed

Three hours later we had the makings of a working wardrobe.  Admittedly this job will be a two-pronged attack as there were items which are being kept until replacements can be found, see if they’re worn in the next three months etc and we’ll have to have another hour or so going through styling with accessories.  For now Emma’s on the right track… “Thank you, thank you, thank you for today!!!  It has made such a huge difference to how I feel. x”

Bagged up and ready to move out - the discards heading for the charity shop
Bagged up and ready to move out – a few of the 8 bags heading for the charity shop
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