Hi my name is Carole Greenland from Wardrobe Wake-Up, and my aim is to help my clients make the most of their existing clothes.


We wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time.


It’s a great time to de-clutter and organise your wardrobe because:

  • It’s Spring!
  • We have more time at home
  • It lifts your spirits.


Reasons to de-clutter:

  • More space
  • Can’t find anything
  • Have nothing to wear



If I was actually with a client, I would be looking at colour, style, shape, proportion, scale, fabric, necklines, texture, patterns, accessories too. But for the purposes of this here’s my 5 step plan to de-clutter and organise your wardrobe.


Step 1

Prepare. As any artist will tell you, and this is a creative activity, prepare your canvas and in this case:

  • Take everything out of your wardrobe and put on your bed.
  • Clean your wardrobe with a vacuum cleaner
  • Wipe over with a damp cloth and some lavender oil and/or cedar oil to deter moths.


Step 2

Look through everything! ASK:

  1. Does it fit me! Now, not in 6 months time or 6 months ago!! 
    • If it doesn’t and you still find you like it, can it be altered to fit you. 
    • If it doesn’t fit into your life and it can’t be altered it has to go.
  2. Does it:
    • Fit with my LIFESTYLE NOW ! If not it has to go.
    • Does it reflect your personality?
    • Is it right of where you are now in your life.
    • If I saw this item now would I buy it?
    • Does this item make me feel good? 


People have other reasons keep items:

  • Sentimental – sentimental items can be made into a memory quilt
  • Cost a lot of money – but if it doesn’t suit/fit you, sell it at a dress agency.
  • Item was a gift – for example you may have a scarf which is beautiful but is not your best colour.  Consider different ways to use it for example use as a belt or tie around a bag to add some flare and personality.



Divide into separate piles:

  • Keep as it is
  • Keep needs altering/mending/cleaning
  • Sell through an agency or online
  • Give away to friend.
  • Give to Charity.
  • Maybe pile



Put back in wardrobe. Can be done in many ways:

  • By season: Autumn/Winterr and Spring/Summer
  • By Reason: All work clothes together.  All Leisure clothes together. All Best together
  • By outfit
  • By colour
  • By item: e.g. ALL your tops together.
  • And any combination: e.g. your Spring wardrobe could be divided into
    Work/Leisure/Best going out/Special occasion. Then divided again into colour.




  • I store my shoes in their boxes marked with a coloured felt tip pen. For example a red wedge would have a red “W” on the outside. A blue loafer would have a blue “L” .  Shoes could also be stored on a shelf/shoe rack or bottom of your wardrobe. To gain more space put the right foot forward and the left one with the heel forward.
  • Put tights in zipped plastic bags (available from Lakeland). Label them “Black tights”  “Blue tights” “Neutral tights” “Coloured tights” etc.  Same goes for pop socks.
  • Hangers – Wooden hangers should be used for heavier items, your coats and jackets.  Use Velvet ones for your lighter shirts, blouses and t-shirts as these take up less room and your items will not slip off the velvet.
  • Jeans/Leggings – rolled rather than hang your jeans and leggings to avoid crease marks.
  • Underwear, store your socks, bras, pants in individual baskets in a drawer.
  • Knitwear – in Plastic bag to prevent moth damage. 



For more wardrobe advice you can follow me on Facebook www.facebook.com/WardrobeWakeUpCarole or to book a Wardrobe Wake-Up session visit my website wardrobewake-up.co.uk

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