Our last challenge focuses on discovering new outfit combinations you already own, making sure you have what you need for all aspects of your busy life, and creating a strategy for going forward.
If you haven’t completed Part 3, please do that before you get to this one. And take your time! There is no rush. These posts will remain on the site for you to reference. If you use Pinterest, you can pin these to a board for easy access.
Create new outfits
Spend some time in your clean and organized closet. Doesn’t it feel so good? With the clutter removed you might be amazed at the outfit combinations you never noticed. Every time I go through this process I always find a new way to wear something or rediscover a favorite old piece.
To guide you, use your curated Pinterest boards and your lifestyle diagram. Try to recreate a few of the looks for each of your categories. You don’t need to completely copy it, just be inspired by some of the looks you pinned.
Remember to use your entire wardrobe. Break up “sets,” and incorporate pieces you are saving for a yet to be schedule special occasion. Take pictures of your outfit options and keep them on your phone so they are at your fingertips when you need a reminder.
Write your shopping list.
As you work through your wardrobe, creating new looks, jot down what you need to create more outfits. Could you use a different style pant? Maybe an updated shoe would pull several outfits together. You might need something as simple as a cami so you can start to wear a lightweight sweater. Write down anything that would add more life to your existing wardrobe. Keep this list with you (I keep mine on my phone) and ONLY PURCHASE FROM THE LIST! By doing so you will stay focused, and your wardrobe will become more functional. If you buy things that are not on the list, you’ll end up with a closet full of items you don’t need all over again.
Congratulations! You’re done!
Enjoy your new space and the fresh start. Your closet won’t always look this great. Life will get busy, and you’ll need to regroup. The good news is it will be so much easier to keep it tidy now that you have a system. I follow this process twice a year only it doesn’t take four weeks; it takes about an hour. Remember that your wardrobe is ever evolving. You’ll never be “done.” There will always be something on your shopping list, an item that needs to be replaced or a new look you want to try. I hope that after this exercise, you start to hold your purchases to a higher standard and realize you don’t need so much, you just need the right options for you.
To get you started, we created this Wardrobe Checklist. A free download that maps out my “must have” basics. We’re also working on organizing our Wear Work Closet and building a Weekend Closet, to feature items featured on the site and requested by you!