14 Jul Decluttering my soul, my brand + my wardrobe
Before I start, a HUGE heartfelt thank you to everyone for all your beautiful comments on my last blog post “Not So Easy Lessons Learned”. SO many of you feel the same way. And the positive spin on that? We can go on this journey and make small changes that will make a big difference together.
So, first things first. Whilst I pride myself on always working only with brands we genuinely love, use and believe in – we will be doing even more to ensure that all our collaboration partners share our values. And with that my aim is to bring you loads of ideas and information on how you can make more sustainable decisions about what you consume and how to invest in things you love and will use, which I genuinely believe will improve both your lifestyle and your overall wellbeing. More information on exciting new Sneakers projects coming soon.
I wanted to start by talking about a wardrobe declutter. More often than not, you are telling me that you have a closet full of clothing and nothing to wear. So whether you are joining us on our sustainability journey or just want a wardrobe of clothes that you ACTUALLY love, wear and feel amazing in, the first thing I would recommend is a declutter. Detox. Clear-out. Call it whatever you like. Just do it.
I declutter my wardrobe every season and have over time (and with a little bit of research) figured out some helpful tips that I wanted to share with you. I also recently read Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” which further consolidated my views on decluttering.
So here is what I do and would I recommend:
- Have a think about what you actually need in your wardrobe to suit your lifestyle. For example, you do not need a wardrobe full of corporate clothing if you have had a career change and no longer work in a corporate environment. If you are keeping this stuff because “one day” you may go back to a corporate role, I can assure you, you will not be wearing the taupe, pinstripe Cue suit you purchased 10 years ago.
- Decide what you will do with the clothing you don’t want to keep. I usually have 3 piles; bin, donate and sell.
- Whilst selling some of your pre-loved items is a great way to make some extra cash, be clear of why you are decluttering. If it’s to create more space and time in your life for the things that you really value, selling items will drag out your decluttering process significantly. Selling pieces also have to be worth the time/effort it takes, so if it’s not really worth it, part ways. If you do decide to sell, there are SO many options available now including eBAY, Gumtree, Shedd, Carousel, consignment stores and a variety of Facebook + Instagram pages so choose the one that’s most suitable for you.
- Do some research and decide where you want to donate your pre-loved pieces. Personally, I donate all of Luka’s stuff to St Kilda Mums and mine to Fitted For Work.
- For my most recent declutter, I followed Marie Kondo’s general principles and found it super liberating. Essentially, you take all of your clothing out of your wardrobe/drawers/storage (in this order – tops, bottoms, outwear, socks, underwear, handbags, accessories and shoes) and put them on the floor. Then ask yourself “do I LOVE it? Does it make me feel good when I wear it?” or in Marie’s words “does it spark joy?” or “do I need it?” (Marie doesn’t include this element but to be fair, I think it’s essential). Just be mindful not to keep too many things in the “I need it pile” if you really don’t. Be ruthless. If you don’t wear it, don’t love it, don’t need it, don’t look babin in it, it goes.
I hear you saying you don’t have time to do this. Well, is it important to you? If so, make time. I assure you, you will feel lighter and more positive and next time you look in your wardrobe, be faced with less choices all of which you love. The other thing this process will help you identify is where there are gaps in your wardrobe so that you can go and buy pieces you love and really need. I am pretty ruthless and have had a bit of practice but to give you an idea, I did my whole walk-in wardrobe in less than 3 hours. I put Luka down to sleep around 8ish and was done by 11pm.
The other bonus to your decluttering is the joy of giving, especially if you have done your research and really want to support your chosen charities or organisations. I am in awe of the work done by the organisations I support, so love to know that my pre-loved goods can make a genuine difference.
So, who’s in?! I want to hear about your experience xxx and also, following my declutter, I will be listing all my preloved pieces on @the_bloggers_wardrobe. Enjoy x
Photos from Pinterest.