It’s Friday, so it’s time for another useful links post, this time on the topic of wardrobe management. This is not only one of my favorite topics to write about, it’s also one of my favorite topics to read about! Consequently, I had to go through a lot of bookmarked articles to curate the best ones for this list. So as not to overwhelm my readers, I’ll always keep my useful links posts to no more than seven links.
You’ve Read My Posts… Now You Can Hear Me!
I was recently interviewed by Robert Wall of “Untitled Minimalism” for his “Minimalism for the Rest of Us” podcast. During this interview, Robert and I talked about wardrobe management, Project 333, overshopping, and other related issues. I also spoke about how I’ve worked with wardrobe styling clients to help them cultivate a more manageable and workable wardrobe. Click on the link below to learn more or download the podcast:
Since the podcast is over an hour long, we were able to cover far more ground than I usually can address in a blog post. If you listen in and have questions or comments, feel free to send them my way. I may even choose to address your question in an upcoming blog post!
On Closet Psychology
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve probably seen me post articles written by New York City style expert Bridgette Raes. Bridgette’s blog is on my “don’t miss” list and I especially love her posts related to wardrobe management and closet psychology. Here are two excellent articles from Bridgette on those topics:
- Most Women Don’t Want a Workable Wardrobe
- Fashion Psychology: The Psychological Secrets of an Organized Wardrobe
Tips for Editing Your Wardrobe
While I feel it’s important to understand the underlying issues related to our packed closets, I also want to leave you with some useful tips to help you pare things down. Here are a few articles that include actionable strategies for editing your wardrobe:
Jill Chivers of “Shop Your Wardrobe” outlines 33 questions to ask yourself while sorting through the items in your closet. These questions explore a variety of issues related to our clothes, from the practical to the psychological. You don’t need to use all 33 questions – just select the ones which resonate most for you (my favorites are strategies 7, 13, 17, and 31).
This guest post on the Project 333 site explores one of the main reasons our closets get so overloaded. We keep clothes because we think we might need them one day. When we think of getting rid of such pieces, we say, “But, what if…” The perspective and advice in this article may help to loosen the grip that “what ifs” have over you.
This article separates the process of overhauling your closet into seven days of concrete steps, from getting inspired (Day 1) to hosting a swap party to exchange closet cast-offs with your friends (Day 7). Of course, you don’t have to do it all in a week! To make things less overwhelming, you can tackle a step or two each week until you’re done or just pick the steps that best apply to your unique situation.
I’ll close with another powerful article by Bridgette Raes. This tough-love post really resonated with me and gave me the kick in the pants I needed in order to whip my closet into shape! Reading it again today infused me with a “booster shot” to keep me on the right course. Especially relevant is Bridgette’s tip #2: Stop Buying More. After a summer during which I bought too much once again, I realize I need to rein things in if I ever want to reach my goals for 2013 and beyond. Thanks for telling it like it is, Bridgette!
Weekend Wishes and Coming Attractions
I hope you enjoy the articles and podcast! I wish you all a wonderful weekend (and for my U.S. readers, a Happy Labor Day, too). If you’re tempted to shop the many Labor Day sales over the weekend, you may wish to review my “Avoiding the 3 Most Common August Shopping Mistakes” article for some tips on resisting the August (and September) shopping pull.
I’ll be back on Tuesday with my August accountability post, including an update on how I’m doing with my wardrobe benchwarmers (you may remember that I committed to determine the fate of all of them by the end of August).