Updated: Jul 20
Do you have lots of things that you dont wear either because they don't match anything else you own, they don't fit or you just don't wear them for any number of other reasons?
Imagine having a wardrobe filled only with useable wearable clothes that suit you, fit you properly and are comfortable! A "Weardrobe!" How great would that be? Just imagine how much quicker you could get ready in the morning!
So the first step to transforming your pile of disparate clothing items into your ideal wardrobe is to get everything out in a massive pile and for each piece of clothing decide whether to keep it, sell it, donate it or put it in the recycling. You can also make a pile for things that your not sure about.
Below are some tips for helping decide what to do with each item
Items you want to keep.
When deciding what to keep ask yourself the following questions:
Do I like it?
Is it comfortable?
Does it fit?
Have I worn it in the last year and am I likely to wear it again?
Does it go with at least 5 other items of clothing that you own?
If the answer is yes to 3 or more of these questions, keep it. If the answer is no to 3 or more questions, then it's time to say goodbye!
Items you can sell
Once you have decided to say goodbye to a piece of clothing, think about if it would be possible to get any money back from it? There are a number of places that you can do this: One of the best known sites is Ebay but you can also try one of the newer sites such as Depop.
Maybe its not really worth a significant ammount of money, but still has wear it. In this instance it can be donated either to a charity shop or a friend.
The remaining items that you dont want to keep, sell or give away can be thrown out/recycled. I know it can be difficult to let go of that expensive jacket that you never wear because its too tight across the shoulders but the money has already been spent so try to focus on the fact that your home will be calmer instead of worrying about the cash!
This is a great exercise as once you can see what clothing you have, it will make it much easier to get dressed or identify any gaps in your wardrobe.
How to stop clutter creeping back
It can be an eye opener to see how little money you make from the items that you sell.
And going forward, one of the ways to help stop clothes clutter creeping back is to ask yourself the following questions about any new items that you are thinking about buying:
Is this item fulfilling a need/gap in my wardrobe? If it is then go for it!
Do I already own something like this? If the answer is yes, do you really want another one?
Does it go with at least 5 other items in my wardrobe? Try to break the habbit of impulse purchases that match nothing in your wardrobe and then either sit around unused or you end up having to buy another item of of clothing to make it work!
Do I love it? – If the answer is yes, then nothing can stop you and you have my blessing!
Join the convesation
What about you, have you recently de-cluttered your wardrobe? What tips would you share? Do you have any questions about decluttering not addressed in this post. Please feel free to join in the conversation by commenting below.