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Guest Post by Lisa Hodgson: Decluttering: the Essential First Step in Creating a Curated Wardrobe

Updated: May 25, 2023

Curating a wardrobe of clothes that you love and wear takes time and effort. In a world where we are bombarded with fast fashion and changing trends it’s easy for wardrobes to be crammed full of impulse buys and things that don't suit or fit us.

Like anything in life when we have too much of something, it loses its value, becomes difficult to manage, gets disorganised and consumes more time than we'd like. Did you know the average woman spends four days a year deciding what to wear? That's a lot of time....

If you want to curate a wardrobe full only of things that you wear, that make you look good and feel confident then you must first of all remove the excess.

My top tips for successfully decluttering are:

1. Understand your colours

Knowing what colours suit your skin, hair, eye combination can help you join the dots on why you don't wear certain things. This makes the decision to remove these items easier.

2. Categorise

Categorise everything in your wardrobe and review each category individually. If you have 25 pairs of jeans in your wardrobe, challenge yourself on how many pairs you wear. If you have 4 pairs of black ones and 1 pair is your clear favourite, you're always going to choose those so there is no point in keeping the others.

3. What would you pay for it?

If you're struggling to decide whether to keep something, ask yourself "What would I be prepared to pay for this if I had to go out and buy it today?". If the answer is nothing, then it has no value to you. You should let it go.

4. Don’t hold onto things out of hope

Hoping that you’ll lose weight? Having things in your wardrobe that don't fit sends negative vibes and can knock your confidence each day. If you really don't want to get rid of these items, vacuum pack them and put them away where you can't see them. Make yourself a note and if after six months they still don't fit, pass them on to the charity shop so that someone else can get value out of them. If you do lose weight in the future, treat yourself to something new, you'll deserve it!

5. Remove things that look tired or worn

Remember you want your wardrobe to be a reflection of you, these may have been a favourite item in the past but it's time to let go.

Lisa Hodgson is a professional organiser and owner of My Curated Life. She provides life changing home organisation services and shares other helpful tips on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.


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