How to Declutter your Wardrobe

Most people’s wardrobes are absolutely packed with clothes, most of which they barely wear. Taking things in and out is hard work and very irritating.  Having to deal with these types of irritations daily has a negative impact on your wellbeing.  Clothes are generally the most overwhelming area, they are however one of the most straightforward categories to declutter.

Firstly, I would look at all the space that you have for clothes, shoes, bags and other fashion accessories. Think how you can maximise the space and have this in mind as you are sorting through your belongings.  Secondly, remove absolutely everything from the wardrobe and place it on the bed – no going back now! This will give you a clearer picture of the actual space you have, now is a great time to give the area a clean.  It is vital that you do ALL your clothes, so make sure you don’t forget any that are away in storage, or perhaps hanging in other wardrobes or even the coat hook downstairs. If time is tight or you really can’t bear to do it all in one sitting, just pick ‘dresses’ or ‘tops’ and the next time work on something else until you have completed it.  Leaving the cleaning to the end when there is less to move.  Don’t forget anything that is in the laundry pile!

  • Dresses
  • Trousers
  • Tops
  • Jackets/Coats
  • Seasonal Wear
  • Gym/sports wear
  • Nightwear
  • Pyjamas, underwear & socks
  • Jewellery
  • Scarves, hats, gloves, belts

Once you have decluttered, add your items back in.  Now you have reduced your items, you can then look at what storage solutions might help.  Shoeboxes work well on shelves; drawer dividers are great for small items and large boxes are amazing for storing handbags and items you don’t use often.  If budget allows, having matching hangers is a great way to give a smart finished look, slim ones work best. All items should be hung back up the right way, and it is pleasing to the eye to have items running from long (left) to short (right) as you look at them. Organising them by colour is also calming if you can manage to go that extra step.  Many people enjoy the Japanese technique of rolling clothes into drawers as visually it is easier to see your items, compared to them being piled on top of one another.

If you are struggling to let go, here are some ‘Reasons not to keep clothes’

‘I used to love wearing that’

‘I’ll wear it when I’m bigger/smaller’

‘It was expensive’

‘I can wear it if I get it mended’

If you are still not sure whether you want to keep it, hold the item and think ‘do I love this? Will I wear this again?’ usually you will get a feeling, and if it’s not a good one you know what to do!

Make 3 piles and have bin bags at the ready – Bin, Charity, Sell. I have had success selling high end high street and designer pieces, but make sure if you do plan to sell unwanted fashion items that you give yourself a deadline, and promise to give them up if they don’t sell. Once complete place these bags out of sight so you are not tempted to go rummaging and remove them from the house as soon as possible.


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