If you are anything like me, your wardrobe is busting out of its seams. With the change in weather, it might be a great time to organise your wardrobe. There are a number of ways to minimise the amount of clothes you own.
Sort your clothes into piles
The first step is to take all your clothes off the rack and place them on your bed. You need to sort them into different categories:
Clothes you love and want to keep
Clothes which are the wrong size or you no longer wear
Clothes which need dry-cleaning or mending
Place the clothes you want to keep back on the hanger. If you want to keep the clothes which do not fit you and you have a plan for putting on or losing weight, then it's perfectly ok to store them an old suitcase. Place the rest of the clothes into bags and decide what you are going to do with them, with some suggestions below.
You may like to arrange a swap party with some of your friends, if you have lots of clothes you no longer wear. The attendees do not need to be all the same size because you can also swap accessories and handbags. Invite all your friends around and arrange a morning tea or lunch to keep them fuelled. Just make sure there is a space to try the clothes on.
Organise a Clothes Drive at Work
Another alternative to decluttering your wardrobe is to arrange a clothing drive. Ask your colleagues at work if they have any good quality work clothes they would like to donate to a charity like Suited to Success.
Suited to Success in Brisbane is a not-for-profit organisation which accepts good quality clothes suitable for an interview or office work. The clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories need to be clean and in a gently used condition. All sizes of clothes are welcome. Men's clothes are also accepted. They do not take children's clothes, or anything that is soiled, faded or in need of repair.
Suited to Success assists long term unemployed and disadvantaged individuals become independent and self-sufficient.
The first step is to seek approval from your manager. Create a collection place like a meeting room or staff room with space for the donations to be dropped off. Send out an email asking your colleagues to bring in donations two weeks before the date, and then follow up with a reminder a day beforehand.
It's best if you can keep the donations open for a week or a few days as people may forget if it's only one day. Collect all the donations and arrange for delivery to Suited to Success in the Fortitude Valley. Send an email thanking every one for their donations.
I hope these ideas have helped you to declutter your wardrobe and perhaps you have even rediscovered some of your old clothes.