Now that you have completed the tasks outlined in Task 1 it should be easier to see what clothing pieces you have. It is now time to identify what you are wearing and not wearing. The processes outlined in Task 2 will lead to the sorting and decluttering of your wardrobe.
Once again I am outlining a series of steps that can be done over time making this task more manageable for those who don’t wish to or have the time to do it one session.
Ways to Identify What you are Wearing and not Wearing over time?
1. Let’s start with the hangers. What type are you using? Some like padded hangers take up a lot of room and don’t allow for easy movement of the clothes on the rod whereas wire or wooden hangers result in clothes slipping from the hangers or being damaged. I have been a coat hanger snob for most of my life – nothing was hung in my wardrobe unless it was on a padded hanger. Some time last year I discovered the felted finish hangers and have been converted. They don’t take up as much space, are easy to move along the rod and clothes don’t fall off them. (I purchased mine from Aldi – great price but have also spotted them at Bunnings and discount shops).
- Turn all your hangers around the opposite way with the hook part at the back of the rod. There is a very good reason for this. When you wear an item of clothing place it back in the wardrobe with the hook over the front of the rod. Over time this will give you a clear picture of the clothes you are wearing and not wearing by the direction the hangers are pointing and assist with sorting and culling your clothes. You may even decide to wear some of those lost, lonely and forgotten items. Another way of tracking what you wear which does not require turning the hangers around is to put a marker on the hanger when you are rehanging worn clothing. You can place plastic bread ties or tie a piece of ribbon onto the hanger. If using this method it would save time if you had a few hangers with markers on them ready to rehang your worn clothing.
3. Sorting and Culling your clothing can sometimes be an emotional journey of happy or sad memories. The clothes we wear are part of our story and have their own stories to tell about our life. It can be helpful to ask yourself a series of questions to help decide what items of clothing are treasures for keeping, trash – items that are past there use by date for throwing away or take away items that can be sold, given away to friends / charities.
- Do I wear this? Why / Why not?
- Do I enjoy wearing this?
- How does it make me feel?
- Does it suit my present lifestyle?
- Does it coordinate with other clothing?
- Does it fit me and enhance my body shape?
- Where can I wear this?
- Can it be altered?
- Any clothing items that you know you will not wear but cannot part with for whatever reason could be stored in another space so that your wardrobe is only for the clothing that you are wearing. Sometimes I haven’t been able to say goodbye to an item of clothing so have made it a feature by hanging it on the wall (using a pretty padded coat hanger) so that I can see it every day. I have my debut dress and a an appliqued jacket that my mother and I designed and made together. Another way to hold onto a precious item is to take a photo of it. Letting go of a special piece of clothing will not take the memory away. Whatever you decide to do has to work for you.
Well done – When you have completed these steps your wardrobe should look organised and be ready for the S.O.C. WARDROBE CHALLENGE TASK 3 – Creating Outfits from what you have.
6..Have fun getting dressed from your organised wardrobe.
- If you have any questions, concerns or would just like to share how you are going I would love to hear from you.