Detoxing your wardrobe, your life and re-visiting you
Happy New Year Everyone! It feels like a lifetime ago now doesn’t it? Are you on a New Year, New You cleanse? I know I am.
Every January I feel like something's got to go. By the end of December, I feel like I’m drowning in ‘stuff’ and it has to be moved or detoxed.
I feel this year I was even more ruthless and even the ‘lock up’ was emptied and dumped or sold. I feel like I’ve done a ten year cleanse. All the baby stuff is gone apart from a couple of boxes of clothes and memory bits that I couldn’t part with and anything that isn’t doing its job anymore is gone. Hubby and the kids managed to stay, but pretty much everything else has gone!
When I work with clients on a detox, I am as ruthless as I can be and try to help clients understand that they cannot move forward in their lives if they are keeping hold of the past. Who wants a wardrobe full of ‘that will do’?
When you hoard a collection of ‘that will do’ you undoubtedly have nothing to wear, nothing really goes together apart from the odd sparkly top you spied running though TOPSHOP on your way to buy nappies from Boots. This ‘TOP’ in question maybe stunning but does it actually fit into your life? Are you now going from Fleece to Sequin with nothing in-between and not even a night out to wear it? I’m guessing the answer is probably ‘no’.
So, how to attack the detox?
Get yourself in the right frame of mind.
Get ruthless, put a bit of Beyoncé on and boss that wardrobe with a whole new you vibe…
Don’t worry about mess because a creative mess is progress, that’s what I used to tell my mother but won’t tell my teenage son.
You’ll need bin bags (not just one) and a strong cup of coffee.
Start pulling your clothes out and try them on as you go. Now think “Would I buy this right now”? if the answer is no then it's gone, none of that “oh it will fit in two weeks, I’ll wear it for gardening or THAT’LL DO” If you wouldn’t buy it there and then it’s a big fat NO.
Then you need to decide what category it falls into: Keep. Charity. Bin or Other (Other can be holiday, gym, pjs, or painting/decorating)
You need to keep going all the way through, shoes, bags, socks and pants until you’re fully cleansed.
Now you're exhausted and all around you is mess…. But DON’T GIVE UP. Put the charity bags on the back seat, the dump stuff in the boot and deal with it later.
Now you're back in your room and you have to think about systems to put it all away. I don’t tell clients how to order their belonging as different ways, work for different people. Instead we discuss how they get dressed and I assess what system will work best for them.
Colour blocking or item blocking, different ways have different benefits.
One thing I will recommend is buying new hangers, no shop hangers or wire hangers in there please, go out an invest in some good hangers so when you open your wardrobe it looks like your own a shop full of all the things you love.
Now you’ve put it away and re-familiarised yourself with your own wardrobe, you need to think about gaps you need to fill and how you move this forward into a more wearable wardrobe.
When you go shopping be brave, be bold and try new things that you love, don’t just keep buying same old same old and then the odd crazy item that will never be worn because in reality it doesn’t go with anything else.
Take 2017 as a chance to do a total fashion detox, find the inner you and enjoy the clothes you wear. You can still wear practical clothes and enjoy them, I know this because I am a mum of a 3 year old and a 13 year old and I spend my other life (when away from fashion) on the football side-lines. So you have no excuses.
Lots of love Mamas xxxx