Your wardrobe and the Pareto principle

Pareto Principle:   basically the theory is that whatever the situation, be it in business, science, or in day to day life, we mostly get 80% of our results from 20% of our efforts.

3D Pie Chart illustrating an 80:20 percentage split

Are you one of the many people only using a small percentage of what is in your wardrobe?

If you have a wardrobe that is full to the brim but yet you still gravitate towards wearing the same few outfits day in day out, then the answer is probably yes!

Applying the Pareto Principle to your wardrobe scenario would represent you wearing a mere 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.

If this is the case, maybe it is time for a re-think?  How good would you feel if you could potentially free up 80% of the space within your own wardrobe, so that you have a more efficient, organised space in which to store only the things you really like and need?


Spring is traditionally the time when most of us start to think about a ‘spring clean’.  The arrival of some much awaited sunshine has us packing up the woollies and reaching instead for some more lightweight and brighter things.  This would seem the ideal time then to re-evaluate what you wear, and why you hold onto things you no longer use (or in some cases, may never have used).

Removing clutter can help you to focus on what is important in your life.

However, tackling the issue can sometimes be a bit daunting.  Where do you start, and what criteria do you use to make the necessary changes?

Here are some of my top tips for getting started:

  1. Allocate enough time: put a date in your diary and allow yourself up to 3 hours depending on the volume of clothes you need to sort through.  It often takes longer than you think by the time you empty, sort, evaluate, dust/clean the space and then replace/organise.
  2. Be organised before you start: have some bags ready to help you sort items for charity, recycling, eBay or laundry/mending.
  3. Invest in matching hangers: your things will look more appealing, you’ll be able to browse them more freely and the hangers will be less prone to tangling.
  4. Decide how you want to store your clothes: replace them in an organised way that works for you – by putting all of a similar colour together, or all similar item types together, or by capsules for specific occasions.
  5. Be honest with yourself: only put back what you know you will wear.  The things you really like and that make you feel good and that work with your body shape, and style and colour personality.

If you feel that you need some more help with creating your ideal working wardrobe then why not book a session with me, and we can work through it together.

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