How I got rid of 50% of my wardrobe!

The real turning block that I had a clothing problem, was following a little in-office natter. The kind where we all expressed that this year was the year we will all properly de-clutter, including our wardrobes!

I expressed the idea of condensing my 37 pairs of jeans to a healthier number and my colleagues were shocked. Apparently 37 isn’t a ‘normal’ amount of jeans and 4-6 pairs is. Hmmmmm!

I have always considered a more ‘capsule’ wardrobe so to speak. And when I headed to New York back in December, I took this approach. I packed limited numbers of things, and items that could be mixed and matched to create different looks.

(This was partly due to the fact I wanted enough space as possible to pack more items after shopping but the idea worked! )

I loved the items I had brought along on my trip, and looked forward to wearing an outfit. So much so, I didn’t even shop in NYC! Fast forward to the new year, and well I wanted to tackle my habit once and for all.

So, to kick off 2019, I made the change, a clear out, a kick up the backside so to speak. Here’s how I did it, and with getting rid of 50% of my clothing collection.

Get it all out

Everything was out. From my wardrobe, drawers, storage under the bed. I gathered everything and put it all in one space. It’s a great way to get a good idea on the sheer scale of your clothing collection – and I was shocked on the amount I had.

Categorise

Once I had everything in one space, I categorised everything. Trousers, jeans, t-shirts, long sleeved tops, blouses. You name it, it was categorised. Again, it was great to see how much of some things I had, as well as duplicates!

Yes, no, maybe?

I sifted through each and every category popping every item in one of three piles. And I kept to those three piles. Keep, chuck, try.

My keep pile was mainly clothes that fit this criteria – a) I have worn and is known to fit and be comfortable b) I have forgetten I have, but adore all the same c) is a staple piece and will fit my capsule wardrobe ideal.

I was surprised at how, after I got into the swing of things, I was able to organise without question. My chuck pile very quickly grew and followed this general rule of thumb: a) I have worn but tend to avoid because uncomfortable b) haven’t worn in ages as no longer in style c) too small / big. Or d) Tatty and could do with an upgrade.

Surprinsgly, my maybe (try) pile was fairly small. I had just a couple of items popped on this pile for the pure reason that I was unsure if they fit. I liked the look of the piece and believe I would still wear, but wanted to double check.

Cut the duplicates

I do laugh at myself and my shopping habbits, as I have often purchased products, brought them home and realised I have the EXACT same piece sitting in my wardrobe. Cut the duplicates! If you have a very similar top twice, chuck the worn one. And bare this in mind when you head shopping next too. You do not need multiple, similar items. Broaden the horizon, unless it’s a white tee, you can never have too many of those!

Ruthless

Clearing out your wardrobe successfully is all about being ruthless! I am one of those that unfortunately hates getting rid. I keep styles just in case they come back into fashion. I have even kept clothing that’s too small on the off-chance I may just shrink in size.

This time around, I just said no. If it’s not something I have worn in the last 6 months, it was gone. I applied a strict mantra to every piece I was looking at and kept myself focused on the space I wanted to free.


Don’t be scared to buy new / expensive

This for me was the turning point before even clearing out my wardrobe. I have been known to, and have often bragged about the bargains I shop. For a long time, I would avoid at all costs items that cost more than £15. I am a huge fan of Primark and believed that keeping up to style was more valuable than the clothing pieces themselves. It would mean I would often shop cheaply, purchasing more items, than shopping middle range, key pieces.

With a little research and the mantra of changing my shopping habits I have changed my tune a little bit. I have decided that I would rather spend more on key, long lasting pieces that will enhance my wardrobe, and this has driven me with my clear out.

Changing my ideals has completely spurred me on to look at my current wardrobe pieces in a completely new light! I threw away t-shirts, dresses and jeans that were clogging up my space on the off chance I may reach for them again – and me being honest, I never was!

Going forward

Since it didn’t take me half as long ( probably six episodes of friends ), I very quickly analysed my now new wardrobe space and if there was a need for anything extra in there. I do have some key pieces missing, and as mentioned, there are some things I would like to upgrade from my primark orginals.

As I said before, i have nothing against Primark clothing, but for staple pieces like Black jeans and white t-shirts, going forward I would like pieces that I won’t have to keep replacing.

Overall, I am so happy with what I have managed to organise in my wardrobe. It’s something that I should have done a long time ago, and already feel much lighter after organising!

Have you recently organised yours?

Have I inspired you to slim line your clothing collection?

As always, share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Eco-Friendly Ways To Run Your Home

We all want to make our homes that little bit more eco-friendly. Here are some ways to help reduce your environmental footprint.

We’ve all realized that we need to reduce the amount of energy we use. If we don’t, we run the risk of jeopardizing future generations. Being more conscious about how we use our energy can not only help in the future, but it can also save us money and energy today. If you’ve not yet taken any steps to become more eco-friendly, then now is the time to start!

Saving energy in any form is always a good habit to get into. However, it can be easy to forget when you’re rushing around before work and leaving lights on left, right and centre, or turning the heating up unnecessarily when it gets a bit chilly. If we make a conscious effort to reduce the energy we use, we’ll really be able to see the difference.

Where’s your energy coming from?

You’ll likely use gas or electricity to heat your home, and while this type of energy can be convenient to use, it’s not necessarily the cheapest or most eco-friendly option. If you’re looking for a more sustainable option, consider heating oil by Rix. Not only can heating oil be reused again and again to heat your home quickly and efficiently, but it also works out to be a lot cheaper in the long run. As winter is creeping up on us fast, it makes sense to review your heating options and making any necessary changes to help save money and energy.

Turn off those lights!

It’s easy to be cooking in the kitchen, then be needed in the living room, then rushing to the loo all in five minutes. However, we need to start making it a habit that once we leave a room, the light leaves with us. When you pass through a door, make a mental note to turn off any lights at the switch that you no longer need to use. Don’t forget to enforce this with your family or roommates too!

Insulate your home in good time.

To make sure you keep your home toasty during those colder months, it’s worth investing in some good quality insulation for your roof and walls. Home insulation can help you use even less energy,

as it helps to keep the warm air inside for longer. Usually, heat would be lost through your roof, but with roof insulation, this heat will be able to circulate the home. Windows with double glazing are another great way to keep in that heat and is something that a lot of homes already have these days.

Cook efficiently.

When making your dinner in the evening, you use up energy. Opening the oven door to check on your food is a surprisingly big waste, as the heat your oven has stored up inside to cook your meal is then lost and projected into the room instead. It then needs to use more energy to get back up to the heat it’s been programmed to use. Try and refrain from doing this to save a little energy. Cooking in general will generate heat anyway, so it’s a good way to keep yourself warm!

Recycle wherever possible.

Most products you buy from a shop or supermarket come with packaging you can recycle. It’s also a great idea to buy recycled products wherever you can to further help the environment. When it comes to leftover food, don’t waste it; you can make your own compost! When they say you can recycle almost anything, they mean it. Always check before throwing anything out.

Solar panels.

Solar panels can sometimes be a great investment. Even though they can be a little expensive to install initially, they can be a great money saver in the long term, even if you only have a couple. Do a little research into the pros and cons before you make any purchasing decisions as there may be other factors you didn’t originally think of.

Energy saving lightbulbs.

LED lightbulbs don’t only last a lot longer than your regular lightbulb, but they’re also a lot more efficient too. Switching your lightbulbs to energy saving ones means you’ll be using less power to light up the rooms in your house, reducing the need to replace them more frequently.

Be eco-friendly and do your bit for the environment.

Being eco-friendly in whatever way possible all adds up. It’s important for us all to work together to do our bit for the environment.

Do you have any other sustainable ways to run your home?

Let me know in the comments!

**This post was in collaboration with Rix, heating oil and fuel suppliers to homes and businesses across the UK. For more information or to make an enquiry, visit their website: https://www.rix.co.uk