Managing Your Wardrobe

Wardrobe management was a concept I had never heard of.

“What Now?”… “Did you say manage my wardrobe?”

In my mind, wardrobe management involved the following:

  1. buy stuff (lots of stuff)
  2. buy more stuff to match
  3. “Oh and you totally need those shoes to match too, then the outfit will totally work!”
  4. hang it up in the wardrobe (that’s if it doesn’t sit in the beautiful boutique shopping bag for a few days first)
  5. leave the tags on in case you don’t end up wearing it (so you can exchange it on next weeks shopping trip)
  6. hopefully wear it more than once
  7. move it into the spare wardrobe when it’s not loved any more
  8. struggle to donate or pass on unloved items for, ummm, at least 3 years

Now when I put it like that it’s ludicrous! But managing my wardrobe was never something I ever considered, which is so odd because I love being organised, I’m a typical type A personality, I love spread-sheets, planning and a clean tidy home and I’m a manager in my real-work life. So why on earth did it never dawn on me to assess, evaluate, review and manage the effectiveness of my wardrobe?

It baffles me why this wardrobe management idea went way over my head for so many years. It’s like… where was I when this idea came to town? The wonderful Debbie Roes of A Recovering Shopaholic is to thank for my epiphany that day that I began to manage my wardrobe!

I was reading one of Deb’s blog posts about her meticulous wardrobe inventory stocktakes that she regularly undertakes. I realised I didn’t even know what was in my wardrobe. I didn’t even like half of it, don’t wear half of it and I just have plain too much! I just buy stuff and add to the pile, mindlessly and endlessly.

So what does it mean to manage your wardrobe? Below are some links to some blog posts that sum it up perfectly.

Debbie Roes- Closet Purge and Inventory

The Vivienne Files- How Many Pieces of Clothing do you need?

And of course, keeping a capsule wardrobe has made my wardrobe actually manageable.

With a capsule wardrobe, I now know specifically what I need to fill wardrobe gaps next time I shop. I now feel good in what I wear and no longer have stuff that doesn’t fit or sits all odd and out of shape. I am now mindful about what items I wear often and what doesn’t tend to get all that much use. I know what I need to shop for and even more importantly, what I don’t need to shop for. My wardrobe is now value for money. I am more in tune with my personal style, the washing and laundry process is quicker and more efficient and my clothing is better cared for.

I feel like I love fashion more now that I have less. I feel like I have my own little boutique in my wardrobe that is regularly assessed for quality standards, wearability, fashionability. I am a seasonal buyer with the quarterly mission of keeping my little boutique on trend and catering to my market needs- my market is me! And the fun part, I get to shop my own little wardrobe boutique every day! 🙂

I’d be interested to hear if anyone else like me was also oblivious to the idea of managing your wardrobe… or was I the only one in the dark?




Why Minimalism & a Capsule Wardrobe was the answer to my Shopping Addiction

bagsIn searching for a way out of my compulsive shopping habits, (you can read about the depths of my obsession here) I tried many options including knuckling down on debt repayment, overworking myself to repay debt, depriving myself by trying to go without.

I tried therapy, self help books and non shopping challenges. Throughout these pursuits to reduce my shopping, I would tell myself how stupid I was, how guilty I should feel and how much I was letting myself & loved ones down. I would regularly add up the debt and stare at the numbers for hours, drilling myself for my mistakes.

I kept telling myself things needed to change. But none of these methods worked.Read More »

Consuming less through gratitude for the present moment

In my pursuit of reducing my shopping habits, living with less and fostering more gratitude, I’ve reflected on things like perfectionism, image, consumerism, the constant desire for more and how all of this is a hindrance to mindfulness and living an intentional, meaningful life.

This week I came across a 21 day meditation guide with Oprah and Depak Chopra, and Depak’s reflections put my complicated thoughts into a beautiful meditation insight that is just so profound and resonated with me and this journey so greatly. I just had to share…Read More »

My Capsule Wardrobe and Non-Shopping journey so far | 13 weeks

Hi all!

Over the past few months I’ve shared with you all my advice and tips on what’s worked for me in tackling over-shopping and the benefits of a capsule wardrobe.

But today I thought it was a good time to reflect on my personal progress so far.

“The only good thing to do with advice is pass it on, it’s never of any use to oneself” | Oscar Wilde

I started with my capsule wardrobe on the 19th of April 2015. It was 6 months after the idea first came to mind and I had avoided the concept in fear that a capsule wardrobe would come between me and my love for fashion & looking stylish. Read More »

Is your wardrobe value for money?

One of the most gratifying parts of keeping a capsule wardrobe for the first time, is that you notice items being worn again and again and again.

Unlike the outfit you bought and wore once scenario, your clothing truly gives you bang for your buck!


Tracking your best value & most worn pieces helps define what items deserve a larger chunk of your shopping budget next time.

I use my beloved StyleBook app to track what I wear each day. By entering the value of each item when it was purchased, the app calculates items most worn and best value for money per wear.

The results aren’t actually  surprising, they just reiterate the commonsense that I never had!!

Here are my most worn items after 91 days living with my capsule wardrobe (yep I’m at the three month mark!)…Read More »

How to be Mindful with Spending through Tracking Expenses- Week 2

The past fortnight, I’ve been closely monitoring my expenditure using a pretty basic app called ExpensesOK. It literally takes seconds to enter details of money spent and assign expenses to categories which you can easily customise to suit you.

Based on my input over the past two weeks (my pay cycle is fortnightly), I’m astounded by how much I’m saving by spending less on clothing!Read More »