As a self confessed hoarder, I often find myself applying sentimental attachment to clothing and not wanting to let go. But with a fast approaching wedding to pay for and an over-spilling wardrobe I thought it was the perfect time to have a clear out and raise some funds in the process. I try to do this seasonally as it’s a great way to dig out old pieces you’d forgotten you had and also clear some space for new season purchases too. It can often be difficult to know where to start so I thought I'd share some of the tips I try to live by.
1. Start with your staples
We all have our go to pieces that we wear day in day out but do you really need five grey jumpers? Well actually grey jumpers are my exception to the rule, but I try to live by a rule of three variations only of my favourite pieces. Any over this number will usually have seen better days and be getting trumped by the newer versions any way.
2. Does it still feel special?
Next move on to the more special occasion pieces. As a general rule here if I haven't worn it in the last 18 months then it's gone. If it's something you treasure still then keep it protected in a hanging bag till it's next outing. Not only will this protect it from moths and dry cleaning bills but it will also make it feel new again when you next come to wear it.
3. Colour code
The best way I find to organise my wardrobe is by colour coding. Not only does it look nice every time I open the cupboard doors but it makes getting dressed in the morning and locating that camel sweater super speedy!
4. Roll don't fold
This is a rule that I also apply to my holiday packing (see Packing Light). As I'm quite short on hanging space my trousers and jeans live in drawers. To avoid the pesky fold creases I find that rolling prevents me from having to reach for the iron.
5. Keep your shoes separate
Unless they're new or rarely worn then shoes tend to be dirty and a little smelly. Fabrics easily absorb smell so if possible then it's good to keep them away from your clothes. I bought these under bed storage boxes from Ikea for just £10 each. They're the perfect height to fit heels and boots and zip up to keep shoes clean and dust free. I have four of these under my bed.
6. To see is to wear
That being said whenever I get new shoes or have some shoes that haven't had too much wear I display these in my wardrobe or on a shelf as it will encourage me to wear them more often.
7. Store away
Due to a lack of space I have to store my clothes away seasonally but this also helps with deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. At the start of the new season I'll often be filled with excitement at seeing a favourite item again and if I'm not then it's time to go. As a general rule I try to get rid of at least five items so they can be replaced with new season buys.
8. Sell sell sell
Especially with designer items. Yes they cost more originally but higher end items really hold their value much more when it comes to reselling. Sometimes selling online can seem like a lot of work/hassle if your short on time but I have found the perfect solution. I recently posted about my favourite auction house Chiswick Auctions and this is now where I sell all of my unwanted items. The process is so easy as they do all the photographing and hard work for you. You simply take your items in to be valued by the lovely Meg and the rest is done for you. They post images of your items online and take online and phone bids as well as the classic showroom bidders so you get a great price for your items. Their next sale is on the 7th February where I'll be selling all of the items below which I managed to clear out whilst writing this blog. The only worry is the temptation to spend the proceeds on one of the gorgeous Chanel bags that are also in the sale.
To view the catalogue of all the items in the sale click here. If you'd like to sell some unwanted pieces then email the lovely Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org