In DIY Wardrobe Review – Part 1 we looked at the first 3 steps of undertaking your own review. Here is a reminder of what we covered:
- Do your hair and/or make up and wear your best underwear.
- Sort your clothes first by type and then by colour.
- Remove each item from your wardrobe one at a time and sort them into piles, working out what you would like to keep, mend, archive, donate or discard.
Now it’s time for Part 2. Let’s look at identifying the gaps in your wardrobe, creating a shopping list, and the best way to store your clothing and accessories.
4. Identifying the gaps and creating a shopping list
Do you have pieces that you love but seldom wear because you can’t quite figure out what to wear it with? Do you find that you wear the same top/blouse with your favourite skirt because you don’t have any other pieces to mix and match it with? If so, it’s time to play in your wardrobe. Mix and match clothes and accessories and see how many outfits you can create. Take photos to remind yourself of great combinations or better still create the looks in Stylebook (see Stylebook: Get Excited About Your Wardrobe Again).
If you find that you have items that don’t go with anything or just one other piece, work out what you need and add it to your shopping list. Note down any other items that you think are missing that would expand your existing wardrobe, including underwear, shoes and accessories.
Remember, any new additions should be able to be dressed up and down as well as go with three other pieces that you already own (unless of course you are working completely from scratch). If you undertake this step, you’re essentially creating your own personalised capsule wardrobe (see Creating Wardrobe Clusters).
You may find, especially if you have discarded a lot of items, that your shopping list is quite long. The trick is to prioritise – you don’t need to get everything at once.
Storing your gorgeous pieces properly means that they will not only last longer, but you will be able to see what you have and find your favourites at a moments notice. It is amazing the number of times that a client will say ‘I forgot I had that’ or ‘wow, I didn’t realise that I have 5 of those’.
I’ve engaged the help of the fabulous Virginia Wells from WellSorted to provide her top tips on the best way to store clothing and accessories. Here are her recommendations:
- Use good quality hangers – ideally all the same type. Cedar wood hangers are recommended as they naturally protect against moths, support the fibres and therefore the shape of your clothes.
- Hang as many items as you can. No cramming though – you need enough space to be able to see each item easily.
- Fold and shelve clothes that will stretch, like delicates and woollens.
- Don’t overfill draws and shelves. Fold items neatly and place in a way that allows you to view all items.
- Group ‘like’ items together Eg: Put all of your pants together.
- Then colour code the ‘like’ items. All the black pants together, then navy, grey and so on.
This season pieces
- Store items that you use often in easily accessible places (generally at eye level or in plain sight).
- Items that are used less often can go on lower shelves/railings.
- Items that are used on occasion are to go up high.
Out of season and archive pieces
- Out of season items can go on the higher shelves, or under the bed if you have the space.
- Use vacuum bags to save space. They’re great for out of season clothing or sentimental/archived pieces.
- Move your sentimental items to your memorabilia box.
Shoes (my favourite)
- If you like to keep your shoes in their original box, photograph them and stick the photo onto the front of the box.
- Replace your shoe boxes with clear ones so you can easily see each shoe.
- Get shoes racks that sit inside the bottom of your wardrobe, hang within your cupboard or over the back of a door.
- Store your shoes in rolling draws under your bed.
- Store odds and ends in a box and label it so it’s easily found (this could be scarves, belts, bags, swimwear…).
- Consider specialty hangers for scarves, belts, bags and jewellery to save space and group items.
So set aside some time to declutter and rediscover all the amazing pieces that you already have. Most importantly have fun playing in your wardrobe!
Hi, I’m Virginia and I’m a professional organiser. My work is about helping people get organised. I help get your home and office space decluttered, organised and arranged in a way that works for you. Ultimately though, I give you permission to let go of your ‘stuff’ so you can live your life more harmoniously and freely. Is there a place in your home or office you’d like to sort out? Contact me on M: 0422 490 131 E: firstname.lastname@example.org FB: https://www.facebook.com/getwellsorted W: www.getwellsorted.com.au