The start of a new year is a great opportunity to get rid of some deadwood and start planning what clothes you need for the year.
1. The two-year rule:
Get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in two years and if in doubt, throw it out!
- Before you put the KEEP pile back in your wardrobe make sure it all still fits and is in good condition.
- Make sure you can see everything in your wardrobe or you won’t wear it.
- Hang all trousers including jeans.
- Arrange clothes in a way which makes sense for your lifestyle eg.. work clothes together, evening clothes together, casual clothes together.
- Arrange all clothes by type- jackets together, shirts with jackets, accessories which go with tops and dresses on the hanger. As you put the clothes back in your wardrobe, reverse the hangers. When you have worn it, replace it in the wardrobe hanging in the right direction. At the end of the season take out all the items that are still hanging the wrong way and if you have not worn the garment, get rid of it.
- Remove all plastic wrapping and wire hangers as they are bad for clothes.
- Arrange tops and jumpers on open shelves where you can see them.
- Keep shoes in their original boxes. Keep sports clothing separate.
- Separate your winter and summer clothes so that you only have appropriate clothing for the season hanging in your main wardrobe.
- Winter coats and evening wear should be stored separately.
- Store holiday clothing in a suitcase, washed and ready to take away on your next trip. Same for ski gear.
- Take out any clothing of sentimental value which you don’t wear regularly and wrap in tissue paper and store somewhere other than your main wardrobe.
- If your job requires you to wear specialised clothing, including suits which you would only wear to work, then keep these items together in your wardrobe and away from your weekend wear.
- Look after your work-wear. Get it dry cleaned regularly and keep your shoes well polished. First impressions are essential in any working environment and are generally formed by starting at the feet and looking upwards!
Mary Holmes is our Fashion and Style Expert. Mary set up Ruby Seven Image Consulting in 2006,and helps clients identify their clothes in terms of styles, shapes and colours based on their body shape, lifestyle and personality. You can find her at RubySevenand on Facebook.