It’s that time of year when we slow things down a little and take stock. Well, I do anyway. I particularly love that time between Christmas and New Year when there is quiet. People are away. Businesses close for a break and the phone does not ring.
If you are in a conscious mode, you may be taking a little rest, reviewing the year and allowing space for the new to emerge instead of reacting to having the catch up for drinks and left-over ham and fruit cake with people you don’t see all year …….
You know what I mean?
We enjoyed Christmas with family in Adelaide (road trip - OMG!), came home for a few days and then flew to Perth to spend a week and new year with good friends. Before we left, I had some time to review my wardrobe and consider what no longer deserves to be there.
Lucky for me, four months ago, I became the recipient of a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Now given that my health and vitality are one of my key values, it has meant a complete overhaul of my diet and lifestyle. I am now 8kg lighter due to the absence of flour, sugar and dairy. Yes, alcohol is out too. I have decided that NOTHING tastes as good as how I feel right now. I sleep better, my brain fog has lifted and my mood has stabilised. I’m quite convinced that sugar made me crazy!
So, here’s what I did with my wardrobe. You can follow the same five step formula and do this for yourself.
I took out each piece and asked myself ‘if I were shopping today, would I make this purchase?’ For the oversized chunky comfy knits, the answer was no. I retired them to the charity store. An 8kg loss is significant. I no longer need to hide in oversize garments. I can tuck in tops as I never have to worry about stomach bloat any more. My diet takes care of that.
I considered what I could revamp rather than make a new purchase because so much no longer fits. Many garments went to the local tailor for tailoring. I even did some of the easy ones myself. It was not difficult for me to visualise what might be possible with shaping darts and some simple alterations. Years ago, I revamped one of Dad’s old cardigans into groovy couch cushions.
This category is about new buttons, hemlines and general repairs. I never have much in this category as it does not go back in the wardrobe until that hem is done or the button is sewn on. That’s an old trick I learned from a colleague years ago. It works.
If I would be happy for someone to purchase it from a charity store, I pass it on so they can sell it and make some cash. If it’s tired and seriously seen better days, I simply bin it. Depending on the fibre, it might make a cleaning cloth or a cat snuggle rug. Other options are Ebay, Gumtree or clothing swaps. The time involved can make it hard work. I’m feeling better to donate it.
Depending on your climate, you might have a spring/summer and autumn/winter wardrobe. Melbourne is relatively trans-seasonal and 80% of my wardrobe can be worn all year ‘round. I keep jackets together, pants, skirts, dresses and tops. Next, I group each category from light to dark tones. This helps me create new combinations. I hang scarves with jackets.
The final stage is to have a play and create new combinations. Give yourself permission to ‘play’ just like you did as a child. Go ahead and create 10 new outfits. Start with a jacket, add a pant. Now accessorise it. Play. I bet you don’t give yourself time to do this do you? We are constrained by a heap of rules of how we are taught things need to be. Break the rules my friend! Set yourself free. I got caught having some fun in my wardrobe. Andrew came looking for me and said ‘what are you doing love?’ I responded with ‘playing, that’s what I’m doing, I’m playing’. He shook his head and walked away. I found new combinations. I just got creative. It was fun! Be like a child and play.
The final phase is to review what’s missing and create a list for repurchase. The wardrobe edit is a great exercise in January. I’m available to assist you in the process. This is one of my super powers and I love it! Get yourself back to work in great wardrobe shape. Contact me here.