Part One in A Brummie Home and Abroad’s occasional guide to adulting…
It’s that time of year when you start to think about spring cleaning and decluttering. In my case, wearing nothing but pyjamas for the last two weeks means that my wardrobe is currently bursting with clothes which are normally evenly distributed between washing basket, airer and ironing pile. Some wonderful person posted a tip last year on Facebook (if I find the post I’ll credit them!) which I’ll be using again throughout 2017 to create room for more purchases throughout the year 😎
Turn around all your clothes hangers in your wardrobe. (If you don’t use a wardrobe, stop reading now. I have nothing for you.) Yep, so they’re facing you. Like so.
Now, when you wear clothes and replace them in your wardrobe, put the hanger the right way around. I.e. facing the back of the wardrobe, or wall, in the case of my backless wardrobe.
Now, after a certain period of time, you can see what you’ve worn and what you haven’t. Every three months or six months, pull all the clothes out which are on forward facing hangers. Now you have a decision to make. For each item of clothing, ask the following questions (to yourself, to the cat, to a stuffed toy…):
1. Have I not worn this because it’s the wrong season? In which case, give it a bye and reassess after the right season.
2. Have I not worn this because I haven’t had occasion to wear it? Give it a bye but consider whether that occasion will ever arise. A notable exception is a wedding dress; that should be boxed up and taking up space in your loft, not in your wardrobe.
Now to get brutal. If you could have worn the item, but haven’t, try it on. Stand in front of the mirror and ask THESE questions:
1. Does it fit? Honestly? Does the zip do up all the way? Is there a touch of camel toe in those trousers? If no, and still in good condition, then donate. If no, and you’ve forced that zip a little too far, and it can’t be fixed, then throw away (unless you’re a handy seamstress who can turn it into a cushion or tablecloth our something). Or, hurrah, still fits, and in good condition? Then…
2. Do you like it? If it’s an item you suddenly remember you love, then give it a bye…but pop a sticker on the hanger to remind you it’s already had its final warning and reassess at your next declutter. Or if you pop it on but decide you must have been in a very odd phase of your life when you thought that cropped dungarees and a leather waistcoat would be your next fashion statement, then donate. Someone somewhere may decide that this look is for them.
And that, dear readers, is it. And if anyone has any ideas on how to similarly assess my sock drawer, or my pyjama drawer, or my “gymwear” drawer (occasional wear only!) then please let me know!
Disclaimer: A Brummie Home and Abroad is by no means an expert on any sort of adulting, and cannot ever be relied on as an expert on the subject.