One of the biggest style mistakes is a disorganised wardrobe. If you do not know what you have at home, you will inevitably end up buying duplicates.
You’ll feel you’re always wearing the same things over and over again. You need help with your wardrobe.
Unfortunately, getting organised is just the beginning…
Leave it to the professionals. It’s what we do.
SIGNS YOU NEED A WARDROBE REVAMP:
You can never throw anything away and there’s too much clutter.
You have to choose from but can never think of ways to mix & match – nothing seems to ‘go’ together.
You had a baby and your body has changed.
You threw everything away/donated it to charity and suspect you might have gone overboard.
… and so the list goes on.
Whatever your reasons, right now you feel your wardrobe is not your friend.
We have many years experience reforming closets just like yours!
We work through a step-by-step procedure to make it easier for you to decide what to keep, store or throw away.
We will advise you on what items you still need in your wardrobe, and we can also go shopping for you if you wish.
If you decide to include an Image & Style session, we’ll also tell you what to wear to work, or to various functions and show you a multitude of outfit combinations you can make with your current clothing.
If we have done some shopping for you, we can also show you how to combine your new clothes with the old.
THE MOST FUN PART OF WARDROBE ANALYSIS?
REDISCOVERING THINGS YOU LOVE!
Discovering gorgeous things you had totally forgotten about.
Exploring new ways of wearing them.
Having an objective third party give advice about your wardrobe.
There’s no feeling quite as satisfying as the one you get when you’ve sorted out a chaotic wardrobe. Below, you’ll find the 5 steps (Click here to download the checklist summary to print) to get you on the road to closet organisation that will have you gloating like the Cheshire cat that just got the cream. Double. Whipped. Just in time for summer, here’s the ultimate spring clean to make getting dressed every morning a thousand times easier. Or a billion even.
Set the Scene and Prepare
Make Time. Set aside 4-6 hours for this project. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but your neat and tidy cupboard can be.
Label 4 refuse bags:
- STORAGE .
Print our Decision Guide card.
Fold it in half so it stands up nicely and place it somewhere you can see it while you work. You will refer to it every time you can’t decide what to do with an item.
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Enough matching hangers for everything in your wardrobe.
Uniformity in size and colour makes a huge difference to the final effect.
Empty, Partition, Categorise
Start small. Empty your drawers and categorise.
I recommend starting on a small area like your underwear or pyjamas as a sort of “practice” exercise for later. It’s much easier to get into the hang of things this way.
How you like things arranged is a personal choice. Some people (type A) love to see their bras lined up neatly, facing the same way and colour coded. For others (type Beebopaloobops), organised chaos is often the way to go, meaning you need to sort your “smalls” into categories and then aim to keep them clustered together.
Use drawer dividers or even empty shoe boxes to keep the categories separate: bras, panties, tights, leggings, vests, petticoats etc. Ruthlessly toss anything that doesn’t make the grade when you look at your Decision Guide. The only things that are going back in your wardrobe are those you are going to use and enjoy.
Don’t sweat the small stuff! Once your undies, PJ’s and small foldy things are easy to see in their categories, don’t get caught up in folding them neatly or colour coding perfectly. If you are particularly anal, you can do that another time.
Next, you are going to pick a much larger, more important area of your wardrobe to sort.
Pick a target. Bulldoze.
Start with the biggest problem area, and work your way down. Only empty one area at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Tackle “the worst” first. What’s the biggest problem in your wardrobe? Is it the folded stuff all jumbled together? Is it the hanging space that’s cluttered and completely deurmekaar? Whatever gives you nightmares, you are going to literally grab all that chaos, toss it on the bed! Empty the space completely. Sounds like a mission? You have to believe me, this really is the quickest way to tackle the beast.
Before anything goes back into your wardrobe, create smaller piles of clothing categories.
Dealing with folded items? Then sort piles into long sleeved tops, short sleeve tops, t-shirts, cardigans, jerseys etc.
Dealing with hanging items? Sort piles into dresses, skirts, blouses, jackets, etc.
If you’re going to be hanging, count the items in each pile so you can make sure you have enough hangers.
By now your room looks like a bomb has hit it. Don’t panic. You’re almost there!
Re-stock and Arrange
Pack your categorised clothes back into your wardrobe, keeping the Decision Guide in full view so that nothing goes back in that you won’t use and enjoy.
i. Hang all the hangers uniformly facing the same way.
ii. Colour coding is the best way to keep a sustainably organised wardrobe in the long run. I often use the rainbow colours first, then grey leading into black, browns, neutrals to white.
iii. Your organising rule is “category first, then colour”. For example, dresses hanging together, regardless of length, arranged in their colours.
Click here to download the checklist to print and get started.
Hire a Pro to Sort it Out
If this all seems like something you’d far rather just outsource, give us a call and we’ll come round and sort the whole thing out for you.
Our Vogue Fox ladies have many years experience reforming closets just like yours! We are, in fact, Wardrobe Gurus.
Call Kara today 073 032 1212 and get your stylish life together.
This service is offered countrywide.
Capsule Collection Style for Women in the Courtroom – This week I was called upon to urgently put together a capsule collection for an already-chic, very busy law professional who needs to be in court for several days next week. Her body shape has changed since the last time she was called upon for this particular case, and she desperately needed some new, professional and WARM winter court clothes.
Since she’ll be traveling, it’s vital she not be weighed down by huge suitcases. We picked a few versatile options which can easily be mixed and matched to make completely new combinations.
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to Court We Go
Which look is your favourite?
*We can create a Capsule Wardrobe for you too. Call Kara (073)032-1212 if you’d like to book an appointment.
Rewind to 1995 – Cher Horowitz sits on the floor of her plush Beverly Hills bedroom, surrounded by clothes and with nothing to wear. She consults her handy computerised catalogue and finds the perfect outfit in minutes, inspiring awe and envy in the hearts of every 13 female the world over.
While not exactly as high-tech, we’ve come up with a way to give our clients personalised catalogues that will help them decide on perfect outfits when they’re feeling a little Clueless. The brainchild of expert stylist Stefanie Nothard, the process is simple:
Catalogue your Clothes?*