Declutter and Update Your Wardrobe after Surgery


Update your wardrobe after Bariatric or Cosmetic Surgery – Decluttering to celebrate your new post-surgery lifestyle

Updating and Cleaning your wardrobe is always inspirational. So, this is a seasonal reminder. Post Surgery you are ready for a new life. Finally, you can put away the heavier, darker clothing choices that seem to dominate your past clothes and you can start thinking of colour, lighter fabrics and the brightness of a new life.  Decluttering your wardrobe is often called “Spring Cleaning” and it has benefits to not only your wardrobe hanging space – but often to your psyche. Note – don’t start too early – make sure you have followed your Cosmetic Surgery Recovery instructions


Falcon Fabrics designs by Cliff Howard (silk scarves)

This is also the time that you might feel the urge to start shopping again. Delightful new styles that are so beguiling in every store window or online shopping site. But wardrobe clutter can build up easily.  So with every new item, it can help to throw something out. Toss it if it’s old and worn. Or, donate it to a pre-loved shop or give it to someone who would love a pre-loved item.

Before you start reaching for your credit card, however, there’s an important step that you need to address – and that’s to do a thorough clean-up and inventory of your existing wardrobe and lifestyle.  Spring is definitely one of the best times to take stock of your wardrobe – and cull!

4 Top tips to declutter and update your clothing collection

Updating Your Wardrobe – Tip 1

Start with a clothing inventory

  • Take everything out of your cupboards. Yes, everything.
  • This is a good exercise as you’ll probably find things that you didn’t even remember that you had. You’ll also see just how many clothes you already own.
  • Allow adequate time. You will want a good couple of hours, you’ll want to get through everything once you have your clothes out in piles.
  • Separate all your clothes into ‘donate’, ‘Throw out’ ‘Keep’ and’ not sure’ piles.
  • You may feel a range of emotions from “why don’t I wear this anymore?” to “what was I thinking”?
  • The donate can find their way into a friend’s wardrobe, a charity shop, or can be sold – that’s up to you.
  • The important pile is the ‘not sure’ one. Hold onto this pile until ‘consider your lifestyle’ (TIP 2) before making a final decision.
  • A temporary pile could be those clothes that you want to keep but that need work. If you haven’t worn something because you’ve been meaning to fix the zip, sew a button back on, or re-do the hem, fix it now! Then you can return the item to your wardrobe. If you put it back as is, you can rest assured that it will probably spend another season in the state it’s in.
  • A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn something the entire previous season (i.e. last summer) why would you start now?
  • The only exception would be those ‘occasion clothes’ that are reserved for specific functions that don’t roll around every day.

Update Your Wardrobe – Tip 2

Consider your lifestyle and how you want your clothes to define you

  • When you know your lifestyle and how you want to express yourself through your clothes, it’ll really help you to streamline what you keep and buy.
  • Try to describe your lifestyle and the type of person you are in a few words, and consider the clothes that would project this.
  • You’ll already have an idea of this if you find that wearing a certain item of clothing makes you feel good. For example, your bright yellow top or special jacket might always make you feel happy. While your more formal business wear helps you feel influential in meetings.
  • We use clothes to define ourselves and to send messages to the world.
  • Be conscious of this important dimension while you’re evaluating your clothes.

spring wardrobe cleaning, new fashions for spring 2016Everything you wear affects you on some level.

  • Clothes are much more than the latest fashion or simply something you throw on in the morning.
  • You even react to different colours, whether you’re aware of it or not.
  • Once you become conscious of who you are and what you hope to convey through your clothing, you’ll be much more aware of how to clean your wardrobe.
  • Once you’re truly aware of the clothes that suit your lifestyle, project the right image, and are really flattering, you’ll have a much better idea of how to deal with your ‘not sure’ pile.

Tip 3Falcon Fabrics designs by Cliff Howard (silk scarves)

Shop ‘in’ your wardrobe

  • Before you start bringing in endless packets of new clothes that you simply ‘had to have, you need to do some basic organisation and planning.
  • Hold the spending spree!  If you haven’t looked at your summer clothes for the past six months, you might have forgotten what you already have.
  • It’s only when you have a clear idea of the basic essentials already in your wardrobe that you’ll know what you need to complement them.
  • In order to have a workable ‘core wardrobe,’ you need to ensure that you have certain items in a range of basic colours, such as;
    • black
    • white
    • khaki
    • Or charcoal,
  • This will give you plenty of basics to work with.
  • You need about four times as many ‘tops’ as you do ‘bottoms’. The reason for this is that most people notice the top part of your clothes. Particularly if they’re colourful.
  • When you’re looking through your wardrobe, assemble basic pieces such as jackets, jerseys/jumpers and skirts and trousers in these classic colours.


  • Make a list of the staples you don’t have.
  • You’re going to try and shop as consciously as you can, as opposed to impulse buying.
  • This is when you can start to shop ‘in’ your wardrobe.

In other words, you should look at what you have with a fresh eye. Look at all the different ways that you can put together various outfits.

If you always wear those charcoal trousers with a coral shirt and the scarf that picks up both colours, what other combinations can you put together? Look at all your clothes in a new and inventive way – be playful, be creative. You’re bound to come up with outfits you never would have considered until you took the time to look thoroughly at what you already have.

  • A good suggestion is to take pictures of each new outfit you create. This way you don’t fall back into your old tried and true habits of always wearing your clothes in the same way with the same accessories.
  • Once you’ve completed this exercise, you’ll have a much better idea of what is missing in your wardrobe.
  • And you might be surprised by how little extra you actually have to shop for! 
  • Having a core wardrobe of timeless clothes gives you the luxury to splurge on seasonal trends that are perfect for your lifestyle.
  • Once you have an idea of your basics, you can start indulging in buying those statement clothes that will keep you bang on trend and will bring you up-to-date for the new season.

Update Your Wardrobe Tip 4

Get organised

  • So you’ve put together your outfits and you’ve worked out what you need to buy to complete your core wardrobe, now what?
  • Now its time to GET ORGANISED!.
  • Put things back in a way that will make your clothes easy to find.
  • By throwing out the clothes that don’t suit you and that you hardly ever wore, you’ve made more space in your wardrobe.
  • Be disciplined and don’t bring in any new item of clothes without getting rid of an existing item.
  • Otherwise, you’ll be back to jam-packed cupboards and you won’t be able to find anything.

To help you organise your wardrobe we suggest;

  • Investing in lightweight, anti-slip hangers.
  • Try to hang only one item of clothing on each hanger.
  • By doing this your clothes won’t constantly need ironing and you’ll be able to see your whole wardrobe at a glance.
  • The minute you start hiding an item of clothing under another, you’ll start forgetting what you actually have to wear.
  • Consider getting containers for t-shirts, jerseys, and shoes.
  • Separating these into well-ordered compartments makes finding things and putting outfits together much easier.
  • Putting your belts, scarves, and accessories together in an easy-to-find way will help tremendously.
  • If possible, you want to have enough space in your wardrobe so that your clothes, even on separate hangers, aren’t squashed together.
  • Having air around your clothes will keep them in better condition.

The moment you start having to push against hangers to get to something in or out, you probably have too many clothes.

Go back to point 1 and see if there’s anything else you really should be getting rid of. The idea is to have fewer clothes but to wear them all. You also want to feel happier in them as well as lighter whenever you look in your wardrobe or closet.

If you follow these simple but important steps, you’ll find that you’ll get better use of your clothes and you probably won’t need to spend a fortune on new clothes for the season. Instead, you’ll utilise what you have in new and innovative ways – it’s the secret to many a successful person’s style!

Never again will you have a wardrobe full of clothes, but nothing to wear.  Declutter your wardrobe and get ready for a new life!

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