Around this time of year I love to have a good clear up of my wardrobe and clothing. I get rid of items I never wear, fix forgotten clothing and work out where I have gaps in my wardrobe and make a list of things I need to purchase or replace.
I sort through my clothes a couple of times a year but I do one large overhaul at the end or beginning of the year so that I feel fresher for the year ahead. I also tend to find clothes and accessories that I have forgotten about which I can then bring into my every day wear.
I often find that I fall out of love a bit with my wardrobe. I get up in the mornings and feel like I have nothing to wear. But since regularly decluttering my wardrobe I become a little more inspired by the items I already own. And getting rid of clothing that I wear but don’t really like makes me feel a lot better.
If you too want to declutter your wardrobe here are my tips below.
Make sure you have a decent amount of time free to tackle this task. It is amazing how many items of clothing and accessories we own and it usually takes longer than we imagine to sort through everything.
- Have a plastic bag or two ready for putting clothing in that you are planning on donating or recycling.
- Bring a pad and a pen to make a note of items you need to replace or purchase.
- Bring cleaning supplies.
Empty and Clean
Take out the entire contents of your wardrobe and drawers and place them in a large pile, either on the floor or the bed. Remove everything including shoes, handbags and other accessories.
Then give your wardrobe and drawers a good clean and get rid of any dust and threads that may be left over.
Look at Every Item
This is the most time consuming part of decluttering your wardrobe. Pick up each item individually and decide if you want to keep it or not. Trying items on also helps review if you want to keep them or not. Ask yourselves these questions:
- Do you like the item?
- Have you worn it in the last 6 months?
- Does it fit you?
If you answered no to any of the above questions above then you should think of getting rid of it. If it is good quality then consider selling it or donating it. If it is not in good quality then put it in a separate pile to be recycled. Please don’t throw fabric in the bin, fabric can be recycled.
Go through each item and place them into the following piles:
- Keeping but needs repairing
Once you have reviewed every single time and have placed them into the piles you can bag up the recycling and donating items ready to go. Move the ‘to sell’ items to another location so you can take photos and sell them at a later date.
The items that you are keeping but need repairing also need moving so that you don’t forget to do that task.
Separate into Seasons
This is something I only started doing in recent years and it has really helped to keep my wardrobe and drawers clutter free. If you live somewhere with very clear seasons like myself here in the UK then you need to split your items into seasons. Depending on when you are decluttering your wardrobe place the opposite seasons clothing into storage until it is needed.
I tend to do a big decluttering session in winter and so my summer dresses, swimwear and shorts all go in storage until it gets warmer leaving plenty of space in my wardrobe for my big winter coats and collection of thick scarves.
Create Holiday Boxes
We all have items of clothing that we love but that we don’t get to wear very often and therefore don’t want to get rid of. I create two Holiday Boxes. One for Christmas and one for summer beach holidays.
In my Christmas Box I put all of my Christmas jumpers and sequined, sparkly dresses and skirts that I really do only wear for about three weeks a year. This box then gets stored away. I do the same for my Summer holiday Box. In here goes my swimwear, flip flops, sun hats and kaftans.
Work Out What is Missing
Now that you have removed items, chances are you will have gaps in your collection that will need replacing.
For example this year I threw away two pairs of boots that now leaked when it rained. So new boots went on my list of things to purchase.
I tend to sort through bras, underwear and socks in one go too and found that now I had gotten rid or my old worn out, graying items, I really need some new everyday t-shirt bras.
Do this for each clothing group.
Put Things Back
Finally you can start to put everything back. Now that you have less items you should have more room. Make sure that when you put items back you fold or hang items correctly to avoid damage. Also make sure items are easily visible and easy to access so that when you open your wardrobe and doors you are inspired by what you see and what to wear what you own.
Tidy items away in a way that is most useful for you. Some like to hand items my type whilst others colour coordinate. Do it in a way that works best for you.
I hope these decluttering tips help you with your own wardrobe and gives you a fresh new feeling for the year ahead.