Birthdays (hopefully) mean Birthday
beats ... Er
no, time with your friends, family, Birthday presents and wishes. Thank
If you're really lucky, it means Birthday money. Extra spends!!! Having decided to use the extra spends for clothes; the first thing to do is make some space in the wardrobe. Time to give away (or, in some cases chuck far away) anything that:
- Hasn't been worn in a year. (Unless its occasion-wear or for anti-social weather. They may not be needed that often, but when you need them, you need them). I cheat on this one and try to wear something that I haven't worn for a bit before goes. Sometimes I remember why It's unworn and out it goes. Other times it's like rediscovering an old friend and it stays.
- You no longer like it or think that if you saw it in a shop now, you'd leave it there and keep walking.
- Is in a difficult colour or doesn't really go with anything else. Lots of advice on how to avoid this under the wear tag).
- Has gone wrong in the wash, is frayed, threadbare, discoloured, stained or knackered.
- Doesn't reflect the life you're living now. If you've gone back to college or given up work to look after children, you don't need a wardrobe of power suits etc.
- Anything that's too big or too tight. Someone else could make much better use of it.
Once the tidy is done, put everything back with the hangers the wrong way round. When you wear it, put it back on the hanger in the wardrobe the right way round. That helps you see what you've worn during the next clear out.
Hopefully after that, you won't end up putting everything back into the wardrobe so there is something to wear. No one wants to be naked and cold. Howling because the budget won't cover an entire new wardrobe!
- What you want to end up with is a wardrobe that reflects "your personal style". Whatever that means.
- That only contains items that go together. So you can just pull out items that can be worn together.
- Full of items you love, want to wear and make you want to sing and dance when you see what you're wearing in the mirror.
So, having done the tidy, how to avoid the first world problem of stuffocation?
Stuffocation is wardrobe so crammed with clothes; you can't find or remember most of them. And none of them go with anything else. So you only end up wearing a few things over and over. As those are the only ones you can prise out. For that, I have a plan!