Many of my clients want me to declutter their wardrobe, often after a google search of “declutter my wardrobe?”
It’s hard letting go of clothes, especially when there are lots of them. I do not know a woman who does not have a penchant for shoes, or handbags or just clothing in general. The way we buy clothes these days has changed dramatically, we seek a quick fix for every event, especially if our wardrobe is full of clothes but with nothing to wear.
Firstly, there are some golden rules to sustaining a wonderful wardrobe – here are some top tips on how to “declutter my wardrobe”:
- Firstly, never keep clothing for ‘the future’ – it’s always best to wear what you have and if you want something for the future, buy it then.
- That means selling or donating clothes that no longer fit. Be honest with yourself, are you going to get back into something you wore ten years ago? It’s hard to let go but if it’s taking up valuable space, it’s best that you do.
- Getting your colours ‘done’ will help you only buy clothes that suit you and the same applies to style, if you don’t know what your style is, then how can you love your clothes?
- Create a wardrobe that works as ‘one.’ What I mean by that is create a wardrobe where most of your clothes match easily and ‘work’ together.
- Buying clothes that wear well and look good is hard, especially with the fashion industry where it is right now. Try to buy clothing that made of good fabric. It does not matter where you buy from it, it’s all about the cut and the material.
- Buying clothes that do not need ironing also helps create a dynamic, wearable wardrobe.
- Ask yourself. Does every item in your wardrobe suit you and make you feel wonderful?
There are many ways to ‘declutter my wardrobe’, but it is best to go back to basics and create a sort of mayhem before everything returns to order.
Remove all items of clothing from your wardrobe (that includes anything in the laundry basket or tucked away in other bedrooms!)
Put like with like, i.e., black trousers with trousers, t-shirts together, woollen items together etc.
Once you have done that, go through each pile with ruthless intent. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I like it?
- Does it suit me?
- Would I buy it now?
- Does it fit me properly?
- Is there anything about it I don’t like?
- Is there a reason why I have never worn it?
If your answers are majority of no’s then it’s time to make the final decision. Should you donate to charity or sell?
There is very little point selling something that is not going to make much more than £5. However, if something could sell for £10 or more then sites like eBay, Vinted and similar, are great for bringing in some extra cash.
Always be happy to get something for your item. Second hand clothing will not make you a fortune but if an item of clothing is hanging in your wardrobe, unloved and unworn, then it’s time to say ‘bye-bye’ so that someone else will love it and wear it.
Remember, that the clothing you let go of now, will make room for new clothes and may even tempt you to go for a complete re-style.
As you go to put each item back into your wardrobe, it may make sense to put it into another space or re-arrange it in a different way. I often take this time to really evaluate what I like about the dress, top, skirt, etc and embrace the feeling it brings to me. I truly do love every item in my wardrobe, and I encourage you to create a wardrobe that evokes the same emotions in you.
Having a beautiful, much-loved wardrobe, with just the right amount of clothes, things that you love and that make you feel fantastic, is the key to having a decluttered wardrobe that makes struggling to find something to wear, a thing of the past.