Work Your Wardrobe: #1 – Take Inventory


Auditing your wardrobe and taking inventory is the first action to a more efficient, effective, and workable wardrobe.

To start your inventory, set up five ‘stations’ – these are areas to place clothing into categories.  You can place a sign at each station to indicate the category.  You will probably need the following stations:

  • Keep
  • Alter
  • Charity
  • Sell
  • Trash / Other

Apply the following steps for each item in your closet, in the following order:

  • Dresses
  • Jackets / blazers / cardigans
  • Skirts
  • Trousers
  • Tops
  • Shoes, boots
  • Outerwear


1. Is it in good condition:

  • Yes – continue
  • No – assign to Trash


2. Is the quality level appropriate for your position?

  • Yes – continue
  • No – assign to Charity or Sell


3. Does the colour suit you? If you’re not sure, hold it up to you in daylight, and check if it works for you or against you.

  • Yes – continue
  • No – assign to Charity or Sell


4. Does the style suit you? Try it on to know for sure.

  • Yes – continue
  • No – can it be altered to suit you?
  • Yes, it can be altered to suit – assign to Alter
  • No, it cannot be altered to suit – assign to Charity or Sell


5. Does it fit?

  • Yes – assign to Keep
  • No – assign to Alter


Now it’s time to follow through with your inventory!

  • Keep:       Put the items back in your closet.
  • Alter:       Take the items to your alterationist.
  • Charity:  Bag the items and take them to a charity drop-off.
  • Sell:         Dry-clean the items and take them to a consignment shop, or make other preferred arrangements.
  • Trash:     Items may be used for rags, crafts, or just put in the trash.


Karen Brunger, BHEc, AICI CIP is President of International Image Institute Inc. and Past-President of the Association of Image Consultants International.

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