Periodic "cleaning" of the wardrobe is useful not only as a tool for finding your own style, but also for mental health. Getting rid of old, unnecessary or just boring things is like a breath of fresh air: it perfectly puts your thoughts in order and helps you understand where to move on.
For those who are not ready to contact professional stylists with this question, we have compiled a detailed guide to analyzing the wardrobe, which we are sure will be useful to you more than once.
Decide on goals
Parsing your wardrobe is not always associated with a change of season - for example, a new job or a desire to start life from scratch. The plan of action will depend on your goal: whether you just want to put the rails and shelves with clothes in order, create a wardrobe for a business woman, changing numerous sweatshirts and jeans for formal suits, or replenish it with more feminine / sports / casual things.
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Conduct a detailed audit
Having decided on the goal, proceed with a thorough audit. Try to approach this process as soberly and subjectively as possible. Yes, all 15 hoodies are dear to your heart, but will they be useful to you if your new 5/2 job requires a clear office dress code? Wouldn't it be better in this case to limit yourself to a pair of sports kits, but really high quality and decent looking? If you decide to choose a more feminine style, you should not cling to the 20 trousers bought in a fit of shopaholism - let there be only a few of them, but those that really suit you and will meet your new look. In any case, there are several universal rules that should be followed at the first stage of cleaning the wardrobe.
- All things, without exception, should be subject to revision - and your favorite sweatpants with stretched knees too.
- When disassembling a wardrobe, arrange its contents in three piles: things that you wear often and that you really like; those that have not yet waited for their finest hour, but with which you are not ready to part; and those that have finally fallen into disrepair, gone out of fashion, or simply you don't like it.
- Be honest with yourself. Do you really need these beautiful 10cm stiletto heels if you prefer to wear comfortable heels even to parties? Do all 10 jeans really flatter your figure and still look fashionable? There are several criteria for selection: the ideal items for your wardrobe - those that really suit you, have a neat appearance (with the exception of some items that age only dyes, for example, thick leather jackets or authentic "Levays") and match your image life. You don't need dead weight on the mezzanine - unless, of course, we are talking about a vintage luxury bag.
Organize your space correctly
Agree, it is much more pleasant to look into the closet when order reigns in it and each thing has its own place. Moreover, proper storage will keep things looking tidy, which will extend their life. First, take care of the correct hangers - ideally they should be the same, not too thick or thin.
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Hang up all wardrobe items first, except those that might warp. These include, say, delicate knitwear. It is best if each item has its own hanger: the mechanism "out of sight - out of mind" has not been canceled, moreover, it will save you from frequent ironing. You should do exactly the same with trousers, skirts and jeans - the more things you have in sight all the time, the less likely you are to wear the same thing every day. The exception is strictly seasonal wardrobe items, such as swimwear or thermal underwear; they can be thrown onto the far shelf and taken out as needed (vacuum bags are useful to save space). Otherwise, folded, it makes sense to store only those that require special care, such as loose-knit sweaters or, on the contrary, made of heavy wool.
As for the principle by which you decide to fill the rail with clothes, it is purely a matter of taste. Someone hangs things up by color, someone by seasons, someone by length. The general rule is one: each "look" must live in the wardrobe separately: dresses for dresses, shirts for shirts, and so on.
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Many people prefer to store shoes in boxes - in this case, it is worth signing each one or sticking a small photo of the pair so as not to turn everything upside down in search of the right shoes. If you are against unnecessary waste paper, take a separate space for shoes and arrange them in the order of the toe to the heel according to any principle convenient for you - from everyday to smart, according to the seasons, heel height. For couples that you wear regularly, it is worth having at least a small separate locker.
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Perhaps the most obvious advice for storing linen is that you should not keep it in the "bare" drawers of the closet, where dust accumulates, it is simply unhygienic. It is better to put it in special tissue boxes with divided blocks so that you do not rush to look for your favorite panties among the heap of tangled tights.
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Everything is simple here: bags can be stored either on a separate shelf (made of expensive leather - always in anthers), or in a suspended state - on a hook screwed to the inside of the cabinet door. The belts are conveniently stored in any medium-sized round box, folding them into each other in a spiral.
Examine the stack of things number two
So, after you put back in the closet all the things that are guaranteed to go with you into a new life, it was the turn to deal with that very second pile. This includes things that you are not completely sure about or that you like, but you have never worn. Perhaps, this hot pink skirt just needs a turtleneck of the correct graphite color, and ankle boots of the ideal height for a dress with a strange cut. Take pictures of these things separately so that next time you shop, you will always have the restless guys in front of your eyes. In the meantime, put them in a box or vacuum bag and remove them from your eyes for a month or two. Returning to them after a while, you can truly understand whether these things are really worthy of getting registration in your wardrobe, or whether it's time to transfer them to other hands.
© FRAME FROM THE FILM "From 13 to 30", 2004
Get rid of excess
The final stage of emptying the wardrobe is to determine the fate of things that you should definitely part with. Conduct a second revision: hand over the completely worn-out copies for recycling to the nearest mass market store, some of the new ones or in good condition can be donated to a charitable foundation, some can be exchanged at a swap party or sold through groups on Facebook and Avito. Don't be afraid to part with the things that no longer bring you joy: keep a small but really cool wardrobe that will fit you one hundred percent.
Make a shopping list
Now is the time to take stock. Assess what your new wardrobe consists of and what is missing. It may turn out that in your arsenal there are many blouses with a bow and the same cut of the sleeve, but not a single turtleneck. Or that you desperately need multiple suits to fit your new position. Here we go back to where we started: the shopping list should meet the goals that you originally set. Do you love men's style blazers? Do not deny yourself them, but you do not need two or three almost identical. Does your lifestyle include jeans as a uniform? No problem, but have a few different styles and colors. The good thing about parsing your wardrobe is that you not only get rid of unnecessary things, but also warn yourself against unnecessary purchases in the future - if, of course,take the matter seriously.>