A while ago I read about the bin-bag method of editing your wardrobe and decided to do this myself as I knew I was burying my head in the sand holding onto some things either for sentimental reasons or ‘do you know how much that cost me’ reasons.
With the bin bag method you essentially:
1 – put every last thing you own in a bin bag so your wardrobe is totally empty
2 – plan a week’s wardrobe and take out the items you need
3 – take out more items as you need them
4 – sort bag for any seasonal pieces to store away
5 – Take the rest to the charity shop
I’m not gonna lie, it was hard work, but well worth it to see the items you think you love are often the least worn, if it’s not earning its keep consider selling it or gifting it to a charity shop!
Here’s my run down of the two weeks, and how I got my wardrobe down to roughly 30 items, including work wear, leisure wear and occasion wear, much more manageable for a busy working mam who needs to throw together outfits for meetings, days out at the park, work events and the odd wedding and party!
These are just two of an embarrassingly large number of bags I filled!
I was then left with this, scary!
I planned my outfits for the coming week, three days of workwear and three days of casual stuff for days at home with Joss, as well as one outfit for an evening out.
Here are a couple of examples of typical workwear stuff
And home wear
I then took items from the bags as and when I needed them, and at the end of the two weeks still had two bags full, I edited them for out of season stuff, folded them neatly and packed up the rest for the charity shop. Over 20 items were bagged for charity. The out of season gear went into this Cath Kidston clothing bag to protect them:
Accessories were hung into two storage systems, one from Ikea for scarves and belts, the other for my costume jewellery. Now I can see exactly what I have and choose pieces to accentuate my outfits
Shoes slotted into this storage hanger
Bags went into this black box
Finally I was left with this capsule wardrobe:
So my wardrobe edit was been pared back to include just these items:
So what’s missing?
Editing out old clothing, clothing that no longer fit and clothing I no longer loved meant I could see everything I have in one place.
This meant I could identify gaps for the coming season.
I decided I could use a new pair of pumps, a skirt for evenings out and another pair of black work trousers. I knew I needed just three items, so rather than buy ten impulse purchases I spent £90 on three things that I love, that build on what I have and focussed on quality, not quantity.
This is what I went for, the black work trousers from my workwear photos above, this skirt:
And these pumps
I believe in spending more on items I will wear again and again, like my workbag, it’s been with me for six years, was expensive but is used daily and just gets better with age
This Vivienne of Holloway dress which I adore, and am linking in to the Weekend Portait Photo Linky with this one as I love the day it captures so well!
And these Tatty Devine brooches that always get a compliment
And finally, my top tips:
If you love it but don’t wear it introduce it into the fortnight, if you’re not reaching for it then it’s probably not right for you
Work out some storage solutions that work for your items
and look to fill the gaps with quality, not quantity