An audit of your wardrobe is an absolute must. Even so, let us be honest: most women—and men—loathe doing an audit.
A wardrobe audit can be tedious, time-consuming, and often confusing.
In conducting an audit, three mistakes are common but are easily avoidable.
Mistake #1—you have no concrete goal
There is no one-size-fits-all audit process. There is no one reason for conducting an audit.
Before you start an audit, you need to know exactly what you are doing because it will influence everything about the exercise.
Therefore, the first question to ask is, “Why do I need an audit?”
Perhaps the styles, textures, patterns, and colours of your clothes and accessories do not combine well which increases the time and stress you experience in getting dressed.
People who have, at least, an inventory of their wardrobe experience less stress in getting dressed than those who do not.
On the other hand, it is possible you have spent an inordinate amount of money on your wardrobe but are unable to project the kind of personal style and image you desire.
An audit will help you examine your lifestyle and determine whether your wardrobe is appropriate to it.
Mistake #2—you have no documented audit process
Write. It. Down.
You need to automate the management of your wardrobe as much as possible.
Your audit process should be written and accessible to you—or anyone.
You may make collecting and analyzing metrics A, B, or C goal X. Do you get the idea?
An audit that is open to interpretations or debates means inconsistent data, which means you cannot really track the performance of your wardrobe over time or even rely on the accuracy of the data and what it suggests.
Mistake #3—you are confusing wardrobe inventory with an audit
They are not the same thing.
An inventory is a basic list of the contents of your wardrobe—the styles, patterns, textures, colours of your clothes and accessories.
An inventory is often the first step in an audit. However, far too many people stop there while patting themselves in the back for conducting an “audit”.
They are missing the point!
An audit is a means to an end and not an end in itself. You have to use the data collected to guide you on decisions about your wardrobe budget; setting up systems for expanding or minimizing your wardrobe; donating or recycling unused clothing and accessories; and so forth.
In conclusion, the three mistakes are easy to avoid. Ultimately, the worst mistake you can make with your audit is not to conduct one at all.
To achieve sartorial success and improve your well-being, make conducting periodic wardrobe audits a part of your lifestyle regimen.
Have you tried auditing your wardrobe yet? What advice would you give those contemplating it? Leave your comments below.
Thanks for reading!