I am exhausted. It’s not because I was out last night until 1 am, and it’s not because I was up again at 6 cleaning my house. No, it might have something to do with the massive cleansing that just occurred in my bedroom! And I wasn’t alone.
I did something I thought I would never do – I HIRED someone to help me audit my wardrobe.
Yes, I parted ways with a couple of big ones and in return I got space, and peace of mind, and some very good advice about what works on me and what doesn’t.
WHY DIDN’T I DO THIS YEARS AGO?!
When Jo, my lovely stylist arrived at my house I had already sorted my wardrobe into “Definitely Keep”, “??”, and “Toss” piles. In my “DK” pile I’d say I had about 2/3 of my wardrobe, in my “??” pile I had about 99% of the remaining third, and in my “T” pile I had….2 items. Yep, hours of sorting through my wardrobe on my own had effectively gotten me nowhere. Yay me.
We began with the work gear, suits, pants, skirts. She passed a critical eye over me and decided that skirts and dresses are definitely more my thing. Which is true, and I am
lazy time poor so, anything I can hand wash and not iron or lug to and from the drycleaners is also a plus. Then we moved onto tops to combine with said skirts (and the few pairs of pants that I own). Boy was this an eye-opener. Let’s just say that I had a lot to learn about what colours and styles work well on me.
I learned that I do actually look good in skinny jeans (without having to balance my hips out with boots).
I learned the ideal skirt length and cut that works best on me.
I learned totally new combinations of styles and colours that I would never have thought of.
I learned that I have a shockingly poor accessory stash (note to self when shopping: pendants, pendants, pendants!!)
My shoe collection is STILL not complete!
I now have a license to purchase blingy belts.
A very short hour later and we had been through the entire wardrobe (excluding my drawers of t-shirts and camis) and my “DK” pile is now manageable, “??” disappeared (mostly into “T”) and my “T” pile had become a mountain.
Where I previously had multiple items hanging from one hanger and no space to flick through, I now have 20 free hangers and only one item per hanger and I can SEE what’s there!
It’s comforting to know that everything that remains in my wardrobe has had the tick of approval from a person who knows- and the items I loved and hated and loved-to-hate, which just didn’t flatter my shape or complexion, have been banished.
Was it work $250 for the hour? Well, I wish I had taken a photo of the before piles and the after piles, because I would say definitely YES.
It’s much easier to be ruthless when someone who has no emotional attachment to specific items can just say “it’s dated”, “it’s too young/old for you”,”it doesn’t flatter your shape” and the fact that you have never worn it, or you know you had to eat tinned soup for a month just so you could buy it? Irrelevant.
Of course I could have chosen to keep things if I had really wanted to, but at the end of the day, I trust her professional opinion and why was I forking out $200+ if I wasn’t going to take it seriously?
I’m not going to lie, it stung a couple of times to part with some items but really, I should have been more discerning in the first place.
My money had already been wasted.
My focus now is to make sure that the money I spent today was not spent in vain.
So, on that note, I asked Jo to kindly take the “T” pile with her so that I wouldn’t be tempted to sift through it again later and retrieve things I shouldn’t.
Where to now? Well, in a couple of months the real fun starts – I will get Jo to take me SHOPPING! In the meantime I will practice what I have learned, and just enjoy not having anxiety attacks when faced with the task of choosing an outfit to wear in the mornings.