Don’t be a whore-der

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DISCLAIMER: PHOTOS ARE NOT THE PROPERTY OF LADY GRINNING SOUL

DISCLAIMER: PHOTOS ARE NOT THE PROPERTY OF LADY GRINNING SOUL

We’ve all heard the rule. Women in particular, only wear 20% of their wardrobe. If this is true why is 80% just sitting there?? I’ll tell you why. We are ALL hoarders!!!!!! Ok so that might be a generalisation, but I can bet you my weeks wage that at least 70% of gals have way too many clothes than necessary (I know bc I used to be one of them).

The first step is admitting you have a problem (Hi my name is …… and I am a hoarder blah, blah, blah). The next steps are as follows….

2. Assess the damage: Look at your collection of clothes, shoes & accessories and be honest about how much you actually wear/use.

3. Divide and conquer: spill the contents out on your bedroom/wardrobe floor and divide into to piles of always wear, never wear & wear on occasion. Remember to get rid of duplicates! No one needs 20 black t shirts.

4. I bid you adieu: The never wear pile will be the first to go, now if there are some pricey items in there don’t fret, there are ways to get some of those $$$ back (more on that later).

5. Saving for a rainy day: the “wear on occasion” pile may actually have some nasty never wear pieces slipped in. The best way to sort the good from the bad is to try every piece on first (no one said this process would be quick) and see if they A. still look decent/feel comfortable and B. see if they can be re worked into your already existing closet. It’s about getting the most out of what you already own.

6. Ensemble, ensemble, ensemble: So you now a culmination of goodies in a glowing pile. Great! Use those pieces to create as many ensembles as humanly possible and try it ALL on so you know what works and what doesn’t. If you are completely clueless as to the style/aesthetic you are looking for, take to magazines and social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest. There’s plenty of inspiration out there!

7. Snap happy: Now this may be a little cringe worthy for some but try and take photos of yourself in the aforementioned outfits and keep them saved. When you have one of those “I have nothing to wear” days these snaps will be your best friend.

8. Organisation is key: Sort all your clothes accordingly. Don’t just shove everything back in otherwise you’ll end up in the same predicament over and over again. Organise your clothes and accessories in a way that will ensure that you can see everything clearly and therefore wear it all accordingly. See http://www.whowhatwear.com/how-to-organize-your-closet for some handy tips!

9. Just add water: You have de-cluttered and have a ready to wear wardrobe. Next step is to make a list of some key pieces you may be missing to tie all those lose ends together into one tidy bow. You may need a sharp blazer to wear over a pair of jeans and a tee as well as over a LDB or you may need a pair of pumps to dress up some casual outfits?! Whatever the case may be, make sure you only take note of pieces you actually need (you’re only wasting your own time and money if you do anything but).

10. Going once, going twice… SOLD!! Now in reference to that pesky never wear pile (see steps 1-4). If you are worried that there’s the price of a car just sitting there in that sad little corner try and earn back some dollars lost by selling them on eBay, or look for places like http://www.pennylaneexchange.com.au/ where you can sell or swap your haul. You’ll be able to use those dollars to buy the missing pieces in your newly re vamped closet or better yet put it toward something special like an overseas trip!

11. Rinse and repeat: you have gone through the process and know how great it feels to have a completely wearable closet (right?). In order to keep it in tip top shape, repeat steps 1-10 every six to twelve months to ensure that it stays manageable. Once the initial overhaul has been done the ones proceeding will be a piece of cake!

Congratulations!! You are well on your way to being a well put together (and uber stylish) member of society. You’re welcome 😉

Peace & Love,

LGS xx

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