There is something about having a good declutter that is so freeing. Going through your belongings and choosing what adds value to your life and getting rid of things you no longer use is so relaxing. On Wednesday I shared tips on decluttering your makeup collection. Therefore, it only seemed right that I share my wardrobe clear out tips today. The last time I did this was back in 2015, so it’s definitely time for an update.
It’s no secret that I love a good declutter and the one area I feel I’ve really mastered this is my wardrobe. Last year I had a major wardrobe clear out when creating my first capsule wardrobe and I’ve been able to keep on top of it ever since. Unlike in the past when I would clear out and overstuffed wardrobe every time. Now my wardrobe stays organised and under control between clear outs. I can also now sort my wardrobe in a couple of hours rather than the whole weekend it took before.
So if you want to feel all smug about having an organised wardrobe like me. Block out a day (or weekend) in your diary for a major wardrobe clear out. Oh and make sure you stock up on bin bags and have plenty of tea and coffee in the house. Before you start your wardrobe clear out it always a good idea to have all the laundry up to date so you’re not working with dirty clothes. Also, make sure you wear something comfortable and easy to move around in.
Like all good clear outs, the first thing you need to do is pull all of your clothes out. Empty your wardrobe, your drawers and anywhere else you have clothes in the house. Remember those jackets on hooks by the door and that spare jumper you keep in the car. Once you have all your clothes pulled out pile them up on your bed. By putting them on your bed you not only have a large area to work from but you create a deadline. I’m sure you’ll want to sleep in your bed that night so you will now have to finish your clear out before bedtime.
Once everything is on your bed the hard work really begins. You’re going to create two piles for your clothes a yes pile for clothes you love and would happily wear tomorrow and a no pile for things you no longer wear. You may want to also create a maybe pile for things you’re unsure about. I used to create this pile but have recently found it can just become a way of avoiding hard decisions. I generally find if I’m unsure about something then it’s probably meant for the no pile.
Work through your clothes taking the time to look at every piece of clothing you own. I always find that as soon as I pick something up I know if it’s a yes or not. But sometimes we need to dig a little deeper for an answer. Ask yourself a few questions to help make your decision a little easier.
- When did I last wear this? If you haven’t worn it in the last year, you probably won’t wear it again.
- Does this work for my current lifestyle? No point in having 3 business suits if you’re now a stay at home mum.
- Would I buy this now? If you were shopping today would you pick this up?
- Does it fit? Only keep things that fit you now, no point in saving things just in case you lose weight. Chances are you will want new clothes if you do
- Does it suit me? Does this item work for your current shape and figure? Do you feel confident and look good in it?
- Is it in good condition? Would you be happy to wear this, does it need alterations or it’s it past its best?
- Does it suit my current style? Our style evolves with us and changes as we grow does this item fit your style today or have you moved on?
- Do I love it? If you love it then you need to keep it.
Once you’ve worked your way through every single piece of clothing you should have 2 (or 3) piles of clothes. Everything in the yes pile can now be put away. I always like to give the inside of my wardrobe a good clean before doing this. You’ll be surprised how dirty it can get in there. As you put everything away in your wardrobe you may want to create a way of organising everything.
Once everything you decided to keep has been put away it’s time to tackle what’s left after your wardrobe clear out. If you created a maybe pile box this up and put away in the loft or garage (or somewhere you don’t check that often). Mark a date in your diary in around 3 months time to look through this box. Then if you want to bring things back into your wardrobe you can. However, the chances are you won’t have even thought about the clothes and will now want to get rid of them. For the no pile, you have a few options when it comes to getting rid of old clothes. The easiest is to bag everything up to donate to your local charity shop. Make sure everything is clean and in good condition before donating.
You may want to try to sell some of your better-quality pieces. In the past, I’ve had success with Depop and Ebay. However, I no longer bother to sell used clothes as you don’t make much from them and sellers can be very demanding.
Lastly, if you have any items which are past their best and can’t be sold or donated you can recycle them. Most supermarkets have textile bins which you can pop them in for recycling or contact your local council to ask where they offer this option. Used clothes can also be very useful around the home. You can make dusters from old t-shirts or use them as rags in the garage. You want to avoid wherever possible throwing textiles in the bin.