Now it's February and we gradually start to peel off our winter layers make time to cull, clear and curate your wardrobe so that you're ready to embrace the SS season when it arrives.
Realistically you will need 2/3 days to do it effectively and I would schedule in three time slots over a few days, as it can be quite an overwhelming exercise on your own, especially if you've hoarded items over a long period of time.
Also be prepared to be in a state of chaos for a while. Organisation comes at a price; untidy piles of clothing, bags waiting to be taken to charity or Store recycling initiatives, items waiting to be posted from a successful Ebay sale etc, etc.
Believe me when I tell you it will be worth it in the long run! You'll feel reenergised, from a fashion perspective anyway. You'll be able to identify those habitual purchasing patterns; good or bad and learn from them.
You'll be able to log just how many tops you have, a common category for excessiveness, and alter your buying mindset! It will be easier to get to the clothes you do wear, and you'll be able to identify your daily 'uniform' making buying decisions a no brainer.
Although time, or lack of, is the number one reason we don't sort out our wardrobes the other prevalent excuse is the reluctance to let go. If it's not on an emotional level it will be monetary guilt that holds you back from culling! So as a professional in this area I'm going to give you some useful links that will help alleviate the guilt factor associated with a good clear out.
If you have clothes that are clean and in a reusable condition then 'Cash 4 Clothes' gives 45p a KG, which works out just under a fiver for a full black bin liner. When I do a Wardrobe Wand Makeover I average six bin liners of unwanted items, which would be £27.
Apart from Ebay you can try Shpock-the boot sale app.
Is there a Dress Agency local to you? Build up a relationship with the owner and do regular visits dependant on the season to maximise the chance of a sale. I recommend taking in 5 items at time, usually of mid to high end high street. Give them a call first to ask which brands are the most popular and their terms and conditions, which will vary, to ensure it's a worthwhile exercise.
For Designer brands that you've decided aren't going to become heirlooms consider these Resale sites.
Vestiaire Collective-Luxury Resale site
Rebelle UK Designer Second hand
For more of the best designer resale sites see this article from Harpers Bazaar.
H&M 'Bring it on'- watch the video link here.
M&S Shwopping scheme
So click on the links for more information and hopefully you'll now be able to cull, clear and curate your wardrobe with the knowledge that some good, or even cash, will come out it.
Thanks for stopping by.