Just like every mama of a little girl, I have the cutest 4 year old in the universe. She's like some describe, "Noise with sprinkles and pigtails". No joke. But what I love most about my baby girl, is that she really knows how to audit her wardrobe!
A wardrobe audit is a fancy way of saying "Girl! Isn't it time to get rid of some of these clothes?". You've probably heard it described in a 3 Pile Process:
Throw Away Pile.
DTKS = Detox.
Or maybe you've been taught the more spiritual method:
Sit in your closet.
Grab the article of clothing.
Do you feel emotionally attached or detached?
Yea. That's cute.
But no matter what method you use, when you're done - you're still looking at clothes that: A. don't go together. B. you don't know how to match it with anything. C. you're holding on to but are never going to wear.
Of course - it's many other reasons. But seriously - you don't keep moldy food in your refrigerator because the night you ate it, you had a dream your favorite actor/actress paddled you through the canals of Paris. Right?
I didn't think so.
You throw that sucker away and whatever else isn't serving a purpose. This applies to desk drawers, garages, purses, you name it. You feel so much better when you can actually use the space for what it was intended.
That same intentionality should be mimicked with your wardrobe. Because it should be. Well. Functional.
My 4 year old gets that. Out of the clothes hanging so neatly in her closet: If it has holes - forget about it. If she can't fit it - forget. about it. If she doesn't like the way it looks - Forget. About. It. She puts those unappealing clothes in drawers - because as she says, "mommy I can't look at those things". Where did she get that from?
But what's interesting is - the clothes that she loves, gets super excited about. You know the ones I'm talking about. That match only with a box of skittles. Those are the ones I wash over and over again. Those are the ones she hangs in her closet. makes outfits out of. and wears. Constantly.
Isn't God like this? He gives us works and gifts that He created before time began. These works and gifts are unique to each of us. He refines us over and over again so we know how to do those works. Then He sends us out for the world to experience those works! Constantly.
ok I digress.
So without further ado - here's a super simple but challenging way to audit your wardrobe like a 4 year old so that it's functional!
Warning: This process is time consuming but I promise if you take the time you will be rewarded beyond your expectations!
1. Hang It!
For this step, you need to hang (or fold) all of your clothes. I cannot stress to you enough - take. your. time. So if you need to go wash that shirt for the 5th time this week - girl go wash it, dry it, and hang it.
Each step will build on the next so intentionality is key, starting here.
Hang ALL. Did I say ALL? Yes. ALL. of your clothes by category (i.e. shirts, bottoms, dresses, blazers/cardigans). This would also include your bed clothes.
Am I country for saying bed clothes? If you're like me and wear your husband's t-shirt to bed, hanging that in a separate category will be helpful for our last step.
2. Combine It!
First, separate your clothes by season. You're not going to wear that wool Christmas sweater GG got you 8 years ago in 90 degree weather - so hang that in a winter area. Or you could just store it away if you have the room.
Now it's time to combine and pair clothes. Take a shirt - pair it with a bottom. Take a shirt - pair it with a bottom. Very simple. If it's a dress then of course it hangs with the other dresses.
If you have blazers or cardigans that would go with multiple combinations, place all of the matching outfits behind it - or wherever you want - just so you know that that cardigan/blazer is paired with those items.
Now, here is where I want you to look in the mirror and be 100% honest. Hype her up and say - you. can. do. this.
If that favorite shirt, nice fitting pair of pants, curve hugging maxi, or go-with-everything shorts has a permanent stain, rip, or just flat out doesn't fit - girl put it in a pile. I didn't say throw it away - just put it in a pile.
3. Wear It!
We're now at my favorite part and I hope it becomes yours too!
Out of all the combinations and pairings - how many outfits do you see? 7? 14? 21? So, if you have 14 outfits - this is your wardrobe for the next 14 days. If you have 28 outfits - and so on. The goal is to wear each of these outfits until you run out.
When you've worn an outfit - wash it - then move it to the back of the wardrobe. Remember the goal is to wear each of these outfits until you run out.
Now, let's say you have 14 outfits and you're on day 11 - you come across an outfit you don't like very much. Put that outfit at the end of the 14 day wardrobe. If on day 14 that outfit (or outfits if its multiple) is still not that appealing to you, pile it away from your wardrobe and wear your most favorite outfit of the 14 days.
At the end of your wardrobe audit do a few things:
1. Pat yourself on the back because you made it!
2. That pile you created way back when with all the war wounded battle ready clothes - yea toss that in the trash. The outfit or outfits that you weren't that fond of and didn't wear - would a friend want em? could a ministry use em? need a little money - how about selling em? You have the freedom to choose.
3. If you wore all the clothes and still don't really love the style of your wardrobe check out my posts on How to Create Your Own Style for some awesome tips on creating a wardrobe that you love!
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