Wardrobes are quite emotional spaces, because they’re filled with memories. Even if you’re wealthy, often the only things that are entirely yours are your clothes (along with your watch and your bed, probably). They are personal to you. They also reflect your changing shape and age, the fashions you grew up with. You need to be feeling quite strong, to make changes.
And yup, it’s going to take time. There’s no getting away from it. Rather than resenting this and feeling miserable about it – or putting it off for years – set aside a weekend and prepare yourself for a military operation. Send the kids to your parents or friends. Switch off your mobile phone. Don’t organise anything else, not even a movie in the evening. It’s TIRING!
- Get in snacks (oat bars, fruit bowl, water, juice for sugar energy)
- Get a roll of black bags and labels
- Get a big felt tip pen and prepare label bin liners with ‘Sell’, ‘Charity Shop’, ‘Repair’, ‘Dry Clean’, ‘Specialist Repair or Cleaning’
- Get in a clothes rail, as mentioned before, and lots of hangers
- Get cleaning stuff: bucket, duster, vacuum cleaner, cloths
- Check out nearby charity, nearly new and second-hand shops before you begin: will they take clothes of any season, or only the appropriate one? Is there anything they won’t accept? Do you have to clean donations first? When can you drop them off?
- Check out recycling opportunities at your local tip.
- Check out eBay for re-selling – in this case, you will need a good light background for photographing items.
- Time to phone a friend. You really need someone whose taste you trust so that you can try on clothes and get an honest opinion. They also need to understand that this day – or weekend – is about you.
- Give yourselves a break every three hours.