- definition: what does a ‘Successful Closet’ mean to me – to have chic, easy to wear, easy to put together everyday outfits. It took me a while because I kept getting distracted with beautiful things I love but don’t/can’t wear often enough.
- inspiration: for ideas/inspiration I keep a file of images of the kind of look I’m after – the type of silhouette, colours and accessories. This was an ongoing process and evolved over time and it’s something I’ll carry on since I hope my style continues to evolve if only in a very small way.
- favourites: it was a long and painful process to go through what I have, identify my favourites that actually work but I didn’t throw out everything else right away – I was able to pull things back into use at the end when things started to click in place! I kept in mind point 2. and was open to trying new things.
- analysis: continue to analyse my closet in terms of why I have too many of something, too few, repeat items etc It took a bit of soul searching to admit I simply have neither the patience nor discipline to wait and focus on exactly what I needed (see next point!). This is something I must try to keep in check! (See point 1)
- shopping list: make a shopping list of items I actually need twice a year (Winter and Spring/Summer stuff which I tend to buy out of season), it can be generic because you may have to look in several places for exactly the right pieces – I really try to stick to this and refer to it often- of course it can be revised/amended as required – I did several times!
- budget: I set a budget and identified where I want to make investments and where I can save – for me my accessories are investments and I save on certain items of clothing such as tees and other basics.
- research: whether you plan to make investment purchases or replace an old tee shirt, I can’t overemphasise the importance of research – read everything you can find, talk to everyone and research some more after! It really annoys me when after all my efforts, I manage to get something wrong. The time spent researching often makes me realise it’s just a passing feeling of want or craving for something new and not a real need (refer to point 5!).
Thanks for reading!