How To… Declutter Your Wardrobe

Yep, it’s that time of year again…there’s no escaping it! It’s time to get your s***t together and get your life in order! OK, so it doesn’t have to be your ENTIRE life, how about we just start with your wardrobe. Unless you are one of these super organised or minimalist types, likely hood is you have a wardrobe full to bursting, with clothes you probably haven’t even worn in years! Are you like me, you save clothes you think you might wear again one day…perhaps when you get back down to your ideal weight (like when you were at school and the perfect size/shape…before it went all wrong). Sound about right?! Well thats me down to a ‘T’. I was one of those really annoying people when i was younger with washboard abs and a super athletic body and did absolutely nothing to deserve it. I could wear pretty much anything and would always have people admiring my abs and my physic.

Anyway, before you decide you hate me and where the hell is this even going…there is a point! I certainly don’t look like that now, life, and food kinda got in the way and i got squidgy around the middle. However, i have kept MANY of the items of clothing i wore back in my ‘ab’ days, hoping that one day i would be able to fit back into them again. Approximately 10 years later and i still have the clothes; all but moth eaten by now and crumpled up in their sad little box, waiting to be worn again…but still waiting for the abs to re-appear.

I think it’s probably time to get rid of these clothes, the ones that in a way are holding me back, holding me back from moving forwards and getting on with my life. A constant reminder of what was…not was is or what could be! Why would i want to only be as good as i once was? Why not aim higher, or for something better?! Surely everyone deserves to better themselves…

So, here are my tips on how you can declutter your wardrobe…

  1. The Hanger Experiment – Hang all your clothes together (if you can), in your wardrobe but have them all facing the wrong way on your hangers. Once you have worn an item of clothing, put it back in the wardrobe with the hanger facing the right way. Do this each time you wear a piece of clothing. Then after say 6 months, re-visit your wardrobe to see what you have and haven’t worn. You should be able to see clearly what hasn’t been worn so you will know what you can get rid of.
  2. A Wardrobe at a Time – So that it doesn’t feel too overwhelming when you are first starting out, start with one wardrobe at a time and finish that one before moving on to the next. So perhaps you start with your wardrobe before moving on to the kids or perhaps even the over-flow wardrobe in the spare room!
  3. Make Piles – When you start to declutter your wardrobe, make piles of clothes as you go – a keep pile, a charity pile, a maybe pile and a throw away pile. This will help you keep on top of what is going where. Once you have finished, put all but the keep and maybe piles into bags and put them out of the way. Then put back everything you are keeping and see how it looks in your wardrobe. You can then go through the maybe pile again to see if there is anything else you can get rid of or anything you would quite like to keep.
  4. What’s the Attachment? – Ask yourself why you kept that item as you pick it up. Is it something you love to wear? Does it have sentimental value? If you answer NO to either, or both of these questions, ask yourself why! You shouldn’t keep something you don’t love, especially if it doesn’t have a memory attached to it. You should love everything you wear.

I hope this article has been of interest and has given you some tips on how to declutter your wardrobe! Let us know how you get on…

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