Does cleansing your wardrobe stress you out? Want to run away and never come back? I know, it can be daunting task for some. But it does need your attention once in a while just like your kitchen pantry, your home office or shed. I know what I rather do. My wardrobe. When I give it the time and love that it needs, I know it will work for me and make me feel great. It holds a great part of me, I express myself through my clothes. So therefore I’d like it to be in order, easy to get dressed from and feel inspired every time I dress for work, leisure or a special occasion.

But how do you get there? How do you do this? It’s easy for me to say, it’s my job and I help women to achieve this and boy when it’s done we feel so much better. I love it when my clients see the results and start dressing themselves better and feel confident withe the way they look. Ready to tackle the day whatever it brings.

In this blog I want to give you some insight to how you can do this yourself if you want to make a start. Here are 7 questions you can ask yourself (and your wardrobe) to get it cleansed and working for you.

  1. Does this fit? Now this is really important. What is the use of it being in your wardrobe if it doesn’t fit you? You need to part with it and be honest with yourself. We all think that we can loose weight to fit in it again, I hear it all the time. But the reality is that 9 out of 10 times this doesn’t happen. So. Just. Chuck. It.
  2. Have I worn this in the last 12 months? This is another one I ask my clients and so many times I hear “no, I haven’t worn this in ages”. This says something about the garment. You either don’t love it anymore, which is a great reason not to wear it, or maybe don’t have the occasion for it to wear., meaning it doesn’t fit your lifestyle. Except for those formal dresses that get worn only so often and we need to keep them in our wardrobe for that special occasion, if you haven’t worn it for so long, chances are you won’t wear it again. Chuck it.
  3. If I was shopping right now, would I buy this? Would you? If you’re an impulse buyer, you have probably bought this in a thought of “love this, I’ll buy it”, only to come home and see that it doesn’t go with anything you already have and sits there waiting to be worn. Or you weren’t sure when you bought it and now actually don’t like it at all. I say one word: charity.
  4. Is this current and does it reflect my style? If it isn’t current it could out-date you and you don’t want that. You don’t have to wear the latest trends all the time, but having a current look will say:”hey, I’m going with the times, I’m not stuck the 80’s”. This is really important when you want to make a good impression, like for example in an interview. If it doesn’t reflect your style you won’t feel comfortable wearing it. Rebel shoes don’t fit a Classic persona so they won’t get worn. Stay true to who you are  and what you want to show the world. Time to give them away.
  5. Do I feel confident in wearing this? What is the use of holding on to clothes that make you feel conscious, make you look bigger then you really are, or simply are not you? Clothes are there to express ourselves and if they fit in with our lifestyle, fit in all the right places and flatter us in general then they make us feel confident. Only those items that do all this, you should wear.
  6. If it is damaged, will I make the effort to repair this? You should if you really like it. Find a good tailor near you and work with them to get things fixed or altered. Once you do this, you can wear it again with pride.
  7. Is it likely I will wear this again? Ask yourself this question and be honest. There is no point in it taking space in your wardrobe when it can be replaced with something that you will wear over and over again. Maybe your taste has changed, you don’t like the colour anymore but whatever the reason, if the answer is no to this question it should leave your wardrobe.

So when I say chuck it, I mean this: donate it to the Salvo’s, the Smiths, the Vinnies, a dear friend or your daughter, or sell it on Gumtree or Ebay. Hold a clothes swap party with friends to fundraise for your favourite charity. There are stores like H&M that take in your clothes and give your coupon to spend in store. Only when it is no use to anyone anymore, it can go in the bin.

Good luck with cleansing and creating the wardrobe that you love.

Keep stylish, Mieke xx

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