A rainy afternoon this weekend gave me the chance to have a clear out of my wardrobe. I tend to do this twice a year when the seasons change from Autumn/Winter to Spring/Summer as this is the time that I bring out my seasonal clothes.
My reason for doing this is that it does make my life easier if I simplify my wardrobe. If I can see all my clothes hanging there I find it easier to pick out an outfit in the morning. When you have what you actually need and love, going through your wardrobe is much easier. You can see what you have readily, and can be confident that what you have suits your lifestyle, personality, and body shape. No more trawling through the ok stuff to get to the stuff you actually love and use. Simplifying, decluttering and living with less in your wardrobe isn’t about being plain or boring. It’s about enjoying what you have by weeding out those things you don’t care for. All they do is dilute happiness, clutter homes and complicate our lives.
This weekend I managed to clear out a full bin bag of clothing which will be going to our local charity shop and a few choice pieces that have been photographed ready to be listed on Ebay.
Here are my tips on how to declutter your wardrobe…..
- Chose a time when you won’t be rushed. Give yourselves plenty of time as you don’t want to be rushed into making any hasty decisions.
- Empty your wardrobe onto your bed. That’s big pile isn’t it?
- Now pick up each piece one by one and ask the following questions:
Does it fit? Not, does it fit if I lose a few pounds, but does it fit right now?
Do I love it? Do I feel good when I wear it.
Is it in good condition?
Does it fit in with my lifestyle?
If the item receives a yes to each of these four questions, keep it and hang it back in your wardrobe. With the remaining clothing make two piles, one for donations to a charity shop the other for Ebay.
If you end up with a pile of “not sures” at the end of the process be as realistic as possible with yourself. How can you work these items into your wardrobe? Do they work with the other pieces you have? Are they in good condition? Do they flatter you or fit in with your personal style? Or are you better off without them? Once you’ve thought carefully about each item in this pile, place them in the appropriate place either back in your wardrobe or in the donation bag/Ebay pile.
Repeat this process with any drawers or storage chests you may have and you’ll soon have one wonderfully organised wardrobe!