The 7 Step Wardrobe Makeover Challenge. Step 2 – Culling your Clothes

The 7 Step Wardrobe Challenge: Step 2 – Culling Your Clothes

starring maya culling illustration
My bedroom was way too messy to show you, so I’ve done a completely unrealistic sketch of what it should look like while you’re culling.

This week, this step truly will be a challenge for me, with a super clingy 1-year-old and a job to go to every day I am going to need to be extra creative about finding time.

I need to keep reminding myself why I’m doing this – (more space and more things to wear).

By now hopefully you spend at least a couple of minutes thinking about last week’s challenge, and have a pretty good idea of what you want your wardrobe to look like and what your style is heading towards.

This challenge will probably take you the longest because you will have to go through every single piece of clothing and underwear you have and be utterly ruthless. I promise you though, it will be well worth it when you see lots of empty hangers and a wardrobe with only the good stuff.

I find this highly therapeutic and liberating, it’s a form of meditation.

So, before you begin, let me just say that I realize not everyone’s life is as black and white as most wardrobe decluttering guides would like to think. I do know that sometimes you really are loosing weight and you will have to account for that, or that you might be breastfeeding so can’t throw away all your bras.

Sometimes, like me, you might have seasonal work where you need to keep that ugly old raincoat and gumboots for long cold wet days while filming. Some people, like me, are very sentimental, especially when they have a little girl and would like to keep all the special things for the day when she’s old enough to wear them.

And, sometimes, tastes change. I go through phases where I will wear only maxi dresses and then abandon them for jeans for a couple of years. And so on and so on.

I can’t tell you what clothes to keep, but I can give you advice on how to get rid of things that don’t do you justice.

A 10 Step Guide to Culling your Clothes:

1. Throw everything (apart from socks/bras and undies) on the bed, and I mean everything. empty the hangers. empty the shelves. This way you have no excuse  to not finish before you need to go to bed.

2. Divide your hangers in half. Keep one half on the bed and stash the other half for now. The ones on the bed are the ones you are allowed to use at the most to     hang everything back up.

3. You’re now going to make 7 piles of clothing.

  • Keepers – These are items you wear regularly and/or you know look amazing on you. 
  • Trash – Yellowed whites, faded blacks, stained and ripped clothing that you should never wear.
  • Charity – Clothes that you have not worn in a long time, you no longer love, and doesn’t look good on you. 
  • Alteration – Does a button need replacing on a loved shirt? Or a hem that’s come undone? Or a new dress waiting to be hemmed?
  • Seasonal Storage – Store away summer, winter or maternity clothes that you know you wont be wearing for a while.  
  • For your babies – Anything amazing you don’t wear but know will be cherished and even vintage by the time they grow up. 
  • Sell – Anything with tags or good condition can be sold on Ebay or at local second-hand markets so why not make some cash for new clothes? 

       While going through each item ask yourselves the following questions

  • Does it flatter you? does it work for your body type?
  • When was the last time you wore it?
  • Is it too small?  Or too big?
  • Is it outdated – consider that a 19 year can wear the current trend of the 80’s pant and look great but a 40-year-old will look outdated.
  • Is it falling apart?
  • Can it be salvaged with new buttons/zip, or altered to make it more flattering?
  • Is the colour one that everyone compliments you on or comments on how tired/sick you look?
  • Is it uncomfortable? a Fabulous knit wont look so hot if you’re always scratching yourself while wearing it.
  • Do you feel like yourself when you wear this or do you always think of a friend who looks great in it but it just doesn’t hang right on you?
  • Is it a classic piece that will never date or a fashion fad item (My neon yellow necklace come to mind – definitely fad. Fun, but fad)

4. Go to your ‘keep’ pile and hang everything up making sure you do a second round of culling as you go. You don’t need to be too perfect, this step is just about                                            getting rid of clutter. Be ruthless. you don’t have room for things that don’t add to the quality of  your life.

By now you probably need a break and your room looks like a bomb hit it, so go make yourself a cup of tea and watch a movie or have some chocolate.

And then continue..

5. Put the trash pile in a bag and in the bin straight away.

6. The charity pile goes in a garbage bag and out by the front door or in your car to drop off on your next trip out.

7. The alteration pile can go on the couch if you’re planning to do it yourself or in your car to drop off at the tailors. The sooner you do it the sooner you get to wear your broken clothes again.

8. Storage and future clothes for the babies should be stored appropriately to protect the fabrics (more on this later) but for now they can live in a tub under the bed or in a neat pile somewhere in your room that wont drive you mad for the next 2 to 3 weeks while you finish your wardrobe challenge.

9. Once your bed is clear move on to your undies and socks draw. This should take you no more than 10 minutes – remember, we are not organising, we are just throwing away the bad and keeping the good.

For each bra or undies, ask yourself, would you be embarrassed of it if a salesperson busted into the changeroom while half-naked? Would you let your girlfriend share your changeroom with you while trying clothes or would you not want her to see your sad-looking delicates?

Undies and Socks:

Throw Away:

  • Anything old, worn out or stained
  • Bras you havent worn in the last 12 months
  • Laddered hosiery and single socks

Keep:

  • Beautiful lingerie that still fit and look great on
  • Bras and knickers in good condition
  • Store long boot socks with your winter clothes
  • Store any maternity bras if you’re planning on having more babies, with your maternity clothes.

By now your room will be back to normal and your head and wardrobe should feel a whole lot lighter!

The last step is something you can do in your own time, preferably before the shopping challenge so you have some extra cash.

10. Photograph everything in the Ssell’ pile and hang them all up together in a garment bag so they are out of sight. If you iron or steam them before you photograph, the clothes will look so much more beautiful to buyers. Use a mannequin or shoot them on yourself or a friend. If you want to sell at markets, book a date at your local ones.

AND DONE!

Just remember – this week’s challenge is just about decluttering – not organising,keep it simple.

If you’re just joining in, check out all the posts on the Wardrobe challenge:

Need any help or have questions please feel free to ask away in the comment section below or on Facebook.

If you feel like sharing your pics as you go along on Instagram or on my Facebook page, use hashtag #7stepwardrobechallenge so I can have a look too.

Coming up next week: Jewellery makeup and accessories edit.

xxx shereen

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