Asuwere - Friday 15th October 2021
Asuwere your wardrobe
(Photo credit. Phil Cohen)
We all know a messy wardrobe can create an element of unwanted stress in our lives. The more items you have in front of you, the harder it can be to know what to wear. But there are a few easy tips you can use to reduce wardrobe clutter, keep only the items you really need and give those you don't need, to those who do. It is best to sort your wardrobe for the season ahead.
October is a great time to set yourself up for the hottest summer months, April for winter and so on. But the more frequently you do so the easier it will become, making getting ready in the morning all the more easy! When it comes to knowing what to cull, the reality is we often rotate a lot of the same garments over a certain period based on the weather, meaning there is a whole heap of stuff taking up much-needed space.
By splitting your wardrobe into three parts you can easily filter out what you don’t need, and donate or store away the rest.
The three piles
You'll want to make three piles like the image above.
1. Wear regularly
2. Store (Put away for appropriate season)
3. Donate (never wear)
Start by pulling aside all of your daily go-tos that you know you will use over the next three months.Think seasonally.It’s unlikely you are going to be wearing a winter coat in the next quarter, so put that into the store pile to pack away for a later date.
If you have multiple pairs of blue jeans, be real with yourself as to which you are going to wear over the next 3-4 months. If it's summer, it is unlikely you will need more than three pairs of trousers to get you through, so box up ones for the future, donate the ones you never wear and keep out your best.
Same goes for winter, you’re not going to need all your shorts or party shirts, so pack em’ up.
Tip: Try using a vacuum bag for storing apparel long-term. You can get these here.
When it comes to knowing what to donate, if you haven't worn an item in over 6 months, it is probably time to go to someone who could use it more.
If you are unsure, box it up and see how you feel when you pull everything out for the change of season. Not only will you have a clearer wardrobe and clearer head by doing the above, you also have the opportunity to really help those in need and close the loop by giving perfectly good clothing a new lease on life.
We work with two great charities who are always in need of quality clothing, Fix Up Look Sharp, who enable men a fresh perspective through fresh clothes, improving their attitude and confidence towards the probability of getting a job and Koha Apparel, who repurpose quality clothing to those in need through a dignified shopping experience.
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