The only way you can get a sense of what you have in your wardrobe is if you can see it with your naked eye. Unfortunately, standing in front of the closet will not have the desired effect because the hidden five pairs of trousers tucked down the back and the sack of clothing to be mended and fixed upon the top shelf is just not visible. So start with taking everything out.
Now be prepared to try EVERYTHING on! Especially the clothes that you haven't worn for a while. The reason is you get a better feel if you like them or not. You want to feel yourself in your clothes and you hardly ever wear 70% of them!
Before you continue, understanding your clothing personality will also help you determine which style you gravitate towards, which will help you decide what clothes to keep or let go of. Please feel free to try my free "style personality" Quiz :
From here, we can begin to start making three piles.
Keep: The clothes you keep are clothes you know you will wear and feel amazing in. I always keep the items that are my favorites and need hemming, a new button, a stitch fixed, etc. If you can't do it yourself, it's worth having someone else get them fixed or altered if needed. I see my clothes as my "friends". When you open your wardrobe, you should be excited to see what's in it! Ask yourself the question, what is the purpose of my clothes? Why do I want to keep this specific garment?
Maybe: Let's not make this process more overwhelming than necessary. It is OK! There will be items that you are just not sure about, so pop them all in a box labeled "maybe" and come back to it a few months later when you feel ready. For example, these clothes can often be clothes you still want to hold on to for sentimental reasons. Or you might also be unsure because you haven's worn a specific item for a couple of seasons, but you still believe you might. It has happened to me many times that I kept clothes I didn't wear and re-invented them again with something new that I found next season.
Go: The clothes that you let go of are the ones that are too small or too big for you unless you know 100% that you will wear them again. Clothes should be flattering; if they do not enhance your body shape or proportions, they won't do your justice and are not worth keeping. Also, let go of clothes that you haven't worn for years, don't like, and don't feel "you". If they are damaged beyond repair - get rid of them. The rest, donate or sell - Just because you have not worn it in a few years does not mean it couldn't be someone else's favorite item of clothing or accessory. It's also environmentally friendly to let someone else adore your clothes.
I always prefer organising my wardrobe by season, Autumn/winter and spring/summer. A smaller collection is easier to manage and more efficient than a larger one. It also makes the switch over feel like you are receiving new clothes!
Organising via colour will make the whole process of choosing what to wear a more pleasurable experience. In addition, standing in front of your clothes feels scrumptiously pleasing to the eye, denoting different positive sensations in how you feel.
What clothes are you wearing the most? If you have a large wardrobe or a couple of closets, you could order your items after the activity. You could separate your work clothes from your leisurewear and sports activities.
You have finally done your wardrobe! Hurrah!! Taking charge of your closet keeps the flow of energy in your space running clearly and smoothly. Honouring the person you are today is nothing short of a miracle for how you feel every day. Everything is a cycle, the years, fashion, attitude, body shape. Once we can find peace in this eternal truth, we can start dressing the person we are and want to be today, letting go of looking at a wardrobe that represents a former self.