NOTHING TO WEAR?1st December
Our top tips to minimise your ‘getting ready’ woes
According to a survey we recently held, the typical woman’s wardrobe is crammed full with 107 different items of clothing – but at least once a week, she still can’t find anything to wear. The result is often a panic-induced raid of the washing basket, and 1 in 5 women have even said that clothing stress causes regular fall-outs with their partner. To minimise your wardrobe woes, below are our top tips to ensuring early-morning dramas become a thing of the past:-
1. Assess and Declutter
15% of you said that you own clothes that you had never even worn before.
The space you have to work with is precious, so don’t waste it by cramming it full of things you don’t need. Take everything out of your wardrobe and drawers, and group clothing into clear, organised piles. On top of your bed is the perfect place to do this!! This is the time to be brutal; we have all been guilty of purchasing items that are too small/too big/because they were in the sale and thus have never even been worn. If you have items hanging in your wardrobe with the tags still on 6 months after they were purchased, let’s face it, they won’t be worn any time soon. And it’s not just brand new unworn items that should be facing eviction. Anything that has not been worn within 6 months (or within a year if you are really struggling to let go) then it’s time you and your unloved, unworn items parted ways. It may seem like a time consuming, and even overwhelming task, but it will be worth it in the end. You may even find the odd item crammed down the back of your wardrobe that you had completely forgotten about!
50% of you also said that if your wardrobe was more organised, your morning would be far less stressful
Now that you have gone to the effort of sorting the wanted items from the unwanted items, it is time to restack your storage space. No matter how much storage space you do or do not have, it is important that you use it wisely, and in a way that is right for you. Try to keep items used regularly at eye level and in the most accessible area of your wardrobe, while little used items, such as extra duvets, or other seasonal items can go up high. Most of us also end up using our wardrobes to store items other than just clothes and shoes, particularly if we have quite large wardrobes. When storage space is at a premium, this tends to be a necessity for most of us, however if there are other places in your home better suited to store these things then move them. And if they must live in your wardrobe then store them neatly in a labelled box, so you know exactly what they are.
The more attractive the inside of your wardrobe is, the more likely you are going to want to keep it in that same, highly organised condition. Treat yourself to some new hangers - not only will they look great, but decent hangers will help your clothes to hang properly, retaining their shape so they are instantly ready to wear.
3. Catalogue your Outfits
Most of us feel like we never have anything to wear simply because we forget what we actually own, and even when we do come up with fantastic clothing combinations and strut out of the house feeling fabulous, the chances are, as soon as it comes off at the end of the day it will be long forgotten. The simplest way to remember what you have worn is to take a photo! In the age of the smart phone and the ‘selfie’, it will only take seconds and is the perfect way to not only capture what you are wearing with what, but the easiest way to remember them for weeks to come.
4. Stay Organised
Belts, tops, gloves and leggings are most prone to going walkabout
Now that you have done all of that hard work organising everything to perfection, have a look at our further tips to ensure that your wardrobe stays that way, so you are not back staring at another unruly mess in a few months’ time:-
The hanger trick – once you have sorted through everything in your wardrobe and put back everything you use (or think you use!) turn all of your hangers to face the other way. As you wear items of clothing, turn the hangers back around. Eventually you will be able to see what you have worn, and what remains unworn. After 6 months’ time – it is time for another clear out – see point 1!
Stay on top of your laundry – the more items you have in the wash, the harder it is to come up with imaginative outfit combinations from what is left hanging up in your wardrobe. Try to stay on top of the amount of laundry you have to do by doing it as often as possible, and try to iron everything as soon as it is washed, so all items are wearable straight from the wardrobe.
One in, one out – as soon as you are happy with the number of clothing items you possess, adhere to a strict ‘one in, one out’ policy. Of course we all like treating ourselves to something new now and again, but to avoid cramming new clothes into dark corners of drawers and wardrobes, every time something new is purchased, it is time to consider ditching something old.
Consider some new storage – even with the most organised wardrobe in the world, it may be time to think about whether your choice of furniture is working as hard as it should be. According to our survey, the items that cannot help but always go missing are smaller items such as belts, tops, gloves and leggings. Help stop any runaway items mysteriously disappearing from your collection with customisable drawers, hanging space and shelving, to ensure that every dress, jumper, shoe, tie and belt has a place to live, and all your favourite items are within arm’s reach.
Follow the tips above to bring organisation and harmony to your life, and, who knows – they might even help stop those early morning “no I haven’t seen your best blue shirt/favourite belt/lucky pants” spats with your significant other!
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