If one of your News year's resolutions was to cut back on excess, organizing your wardrobe and chucking out redundant outfits will not only save you valuable time when getting ready in the mornings, but also make space for the new stylish treats you received from Santa Claus or yourself, however if you're among the large number of people who were guilty of overspending on clothing in 2010, rediscovering forgotten gems that you already own, instead of forking out on new pieces is a great way to save some cash.
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For the indecisive and sentimental among us, throwing out old clothing we're attached to can definitely tug on the heart strings, so it's best to persuade a fashionable friend or relative whose opinion you trust, to help you decide which pieces make the 2011 cut, setting aside a few hours or ideally a whole day for this project.
Take everything out of your wardrobe and draws, and give them good wipe out with a damp cloth.
Once that has been done, you can now decide what should stay and what has to go.
Try garments on to make sure they still fit properly and are in a good condition. Any garments that have missing buttons, broken zips, fallen hems, or that have become too big or small, should be altered or repaired straight away. Don't leave anything in the wardrobe that requires any alteration, chances are it will not be worn.
Remember the more ruthless you are, the more space you will have to build up a better style wardrobe.
Try asking yourself the following questions:
• Have I worn this within the last 12 months?
• Does it fit me now?
• Do I feel good when I wear it?
• Do I look good when I wear it?
• Am I comfortable in it?
• Does it hold any special sentimental value for me?
If the answer is no then that item needs to go!
Dispose of all your unwanted or unflattering items by giving them to friends/relatives, or to a charity/thrift shop. Get a group involved and arrange for a 'swap evening' for everyone to bring over their 'once loved' items. One lady's trash is another lady's treasure.
Alternatively you could try selling them on eBay or at a boot sale. This will make you feel good mentally and possibly raise a few dollars to put towards a few pieces for the new you!
Remember! Treat clothes you decide to keep with love and care. Store them correctly when placing them back in your wardrobe and cupboards and use them as the starting point for your fashion makeover.
Improve the appearance of the inside of your wardrobe by re-organising your hanging items. Try categorising them according to item, with all your jackets, skirts and trousers hanging together, and any shirts, tops or jumpers collectively. You could also put tops on one side of the wardrobe and bottoms on the other. That way, everything should be easy to find, especially if you're in a hurry.
Install some command hooks on the inside of your closet door for jewelry, scarves, hats and other accessories.
Refrain from using wire hangers, they cause "doggie ears" in the shoulders of blouses and coats and can rip fabrics like silk, chiffon and satin.
Replacing them with wooden hangers for uniformity and sophistication will make your Primark items radiate a Prada presence.
BUMERANG curved clothes hanger £4.59 / 8 pack from IKEA
BUMERANG Skirt hanger£0.50 each from IKEA
Plastic hangers can work just as well, as long as they are uniform in size.
Jeans can be stored by keeping them folded evenly and stacked, so pockets (brand names) are visible on shelves or a clothing organiser.
MÄLLA clothing organiser £12.99 from IKEA