An audit of your wardrobe is an absolute must. Let us be honest: most women—and men—loathe doing it.
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 for your wardrobe audit
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.
You may have spent an inordinate amount of money on your wardrobe but cannot project the personal style and the 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 wardrobe audit process
Write. It. Down.
You need to automate the management of your wardrobe as much as possible.
You should write your audit process. And it should be accessible to you.
You may make collecting and analyzing metrics A, B, or C goal X. Do you get the idea?
An audit 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 on the back for conducting an “audit”.
They are missing the point!
An audit is a means to an end and not an end. 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.
The three mistakes are simple 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!
‘Rotimi MUDE is the founder/promoter of MALaundry (a website for booking laundry home services in Lagos). Having launched the business in Lagos and Edo States respectively, he has a uniquely strategic perspective of the industry. And with nine years of experience, he shares his thoughts and insights in a collection of articles on the laundry and residential cleaning. Rotimi has a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in International Relations from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State. He is also an alumnus of the FATE Foundation, Lagos. His mission is to democratize domestic-support services in Nigeria.