The Wardrobe Angels Top Tips for Downsizing Your Wardrobe
Stephanie, "The Wardrobe Angel":http://www.wardrobeangel.co.uk, is the person I turn to when supporting clients who might have a collection of valuable clothing to downsize when moving home. Her top tips are useful whether moving home or not!
- Keeping only the clothes you absolutely love is a great place to start. Clothes which make you feel special, which make you feel like you and which generate positive comments â€œyou look great in that!â€ Placing these straight back in the wardrobe gives you a strong sense of personality. Anything of sentimental value also deserves a place in your new wardrobe.
- Anything that is too small/too big/stained/bobbled/beyond repair should immediately be removed from your wardrobe and recycled.
- Separate the rest of your clothes into three categories: YES/NO/MAYBE. The NO can go straight to charity or be sold if suitable, the YES can go back in the wardrobe. Keep hold of the MAYBE for a month. If you use it then it can go back in the wardrobe, if you donâ€™t use it then it needs to go to charity.
- What are you holding on to â€œjust in case?â€ If you have stores of clothes for different lifestyles (gym/office/gardening) but they no longer reflect your current lifestyle then ask friends and family if they would like take them off your hands and out of your wardrobe.
- How many pairs of jeans do you need to walk the dog in? How many t-shirts do you really need? Be realistic about your new lifestyle post-downsizing.
- Think about which clothes you wear for which occasions. If you donâ€™t spend much time at balls then there is no need for a wardrobe full of ball gowns!
- Take the time to store valuable family heirlooms. Family heirlooms could take the shape of designer labels and vintage items: Hermes, Chanel, Ossie Clark, Diane Von Furstenberg original wrap dresses. It is worth contacting a fashion expert to have items valued so that you know whether to include them in your will.
- Take care of what you have chosen to keep in your new wardrobe: add moth repellents, get items dry cleaned before you move and do any necessary repairs. Love your clothes!