How to cleanse your wardrobe like a pro.

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Don’t you love the lead up to a new year. The hope that you can undo the bad habits previously formed, the commitment that you will indeed clear out your wardrobe and get up earlier to fit in your Kayla Itsines workout. And food planning – what a marvellous idea ! I’d planned to do it all.

All of these wonderful plans I had indeed committed to for January were pushed to February. January was a hard time of the year to start. It was still school holidays, which meant enjoying summer days and all that comes with it; ice-creams, aperol spritz, dancing on tables… ok that bit isn’t true. (Coffee tables don’t count.)

All great intentions came to fruition February 1st. I made that promise to myself.  February Fast began so it’s been a lean, clean month thus far and I’m also very aware that I’m overdue for a major wardrobe cull. Market Day is booked so I am committed…

Which leads me to the next point. I’ve had a flick through what I own. I’m sick of it. I need an injection of a refreshing element to get me excited about getting dressed. All the new winter collections have hit the shops and I want to start my new season now. There are pieces I want to buy and outfits I want to create. So how can we do this without the clutter? It’s important to get rid of the old to make way for the new. Make your wardrobe totally wearable. Because you know what ? When we feel good, we look good . It’s that simple.

So step by step. Here we go.

How ? Here are my tips …

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Step one:

In preparation, go to your wardrobe and turn every coat hanger around the wrong way. Then each time you wear a piece hang it back the right way.  After three months you will be able to see what you wear and what you don’t.

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Step two:

Pull everything out of your drawers and then lay them on your bed in piles. You need them in broad daylight to see what is lurking, scrunched and wedged into the back corners. Each pile should consist of the following:
Pieces you wear often, t-shirts, shorts, singlets, jumpers etc.

Step three:

Create a secondary pile you don’t wear as much. From there it is easy to work out what you need to keep and what you need to get rid of.

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Step four:

Try on each and every piece. Have a pair of shoes to try with everything to give you more of an idea of what it really looks like. Very quickly you will see what has

a) dated

b) doesn’t fit properly

c) what you like vs don’t like

d) what you would realistically wear.

This is also a great time for uncovering some buried treasures you had forgotten you had. And if something doesn’t fit? Get rid of it.

Step five:

After you have seen what you wear and what you don’t, make three piles. One pile to giveaway, one pile to keep and one pile for alterations.  I should also mention the best time to do this is when you’re in a ruthless frame of mind. It’s a challenging task and the more unattached you can be, the better.

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So once the spring clean has occurred what do you do with the additional clothes you no longer need?

1. Bin – If they have dis-coloured or are damaged and you wouldn’t wear them, it’s not fair to expect someone else would. Throw them out.

2. Gift them – Give away to a charity or friends or your little cousins. It’s only polite to give away clothes that are clean so put a load of washing on and then fold them neatly to give away. The same with shoes and handbags. Wipe them down with baby wipes so others can use them.

3. Designer stores – If you have pieces that have a designer label and are in great condition then why not try and get some money back?  There are many great second-hand designer boutiques around the country. (They will sell your clothes on your behalf and take a commission on the sale.)

Need some help? Contact a Yellow Button stylist HERE and we can come to your home and help you with this process and help you create a wearable wardrobe learning styling tips to suit your body type from clothes that you already own.

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