I stood watching my younger sister, ‘Tobiloba try on a few tops she bought from a boutique on the Island. Obviously frustrated, she said, “These tops don’t fit. They’re a bit small. And even if they fitted me, the colours wouldn’t combine well with most of my orphaned pants and skirts.” She said she would return the tops in the hope that the boutique would swap them for better-fitting ones with compatible colours.
It was the first weekend in August, and the incident was familiar to me. Telling my sister to do a proper audit of her pants and skirts before shopping for matching tops is futile. Usually, she buys clothes—and most other items—on impulse then calls on me to do “damage control” when they don’t fit or match.
I perceive you’re empathizing with me, abi? Please do. That’s one of the major burdens of my trade, which brings me to the subject of my article—Understanding Wardrobe De-cluttering: Why You Need a Wardrobe Audit.
What Is A Wardrobe Audit?
A wardrobe audit is a qualitative analysis of the entire clothes and accessories that you have. It enables you find out where items are kept, how appropriate they are, and identifies the gaps in your wardrobe.
Before you can do an audit, you need to create an inventory, a comprehensive list and description of each item you have in your wardrobe.
How Does Your Wardrobe Add Up?
Perhaps, the most important component, amongst a few others, to successfully de-cluttering your wardrobe is knowing what you have.
Start An Audit?
The first question you must answer is “Where are all of my clothes and accessories?” To start you on the right track, an auditor will help you assemble all your clothes and accessories, and deliver a complete list of your wardrobe items.
Why Conduct An Audit?
An audit provides insights into the quality of your wardrobe so that you can fine-tune it. If you don’t know most of the items you have and how appropriate they are, you can’t improve.
The key to effortlessly and consistently projecting your personal style is by retaining proper outfits and bridging the gaps in your wardrobe. With an audit, you will understand which items are useful, find and combine outfits, and identify what items should be stored or removed entirely.
What’s Stopping You?
Despite its clear value, wardrobe audits are conducted by very few women. This is because it is a notoriously painful process. It can take hours, or even days to assemble, document, and analyze each wardrobe item. But it doesn’t have to be so.
You can’t know where you are going until you know where you are. Auditing your wardrobe isn’t rocket science. Our wardrobe audit—which is one of the three components of our de-cluttering system—was developed to help save your time while achieving stress-free grooming.
Thanks for reading!
‘Rotimi MUDE is the promoter of Magenta Aura Laundry, and also a regular contributor on www.malaundry.com/blog