If you’re anything like me, then decluttering your wardrobe often feels like one of those tasks that you really need to get sorted, but just keep putting off. But it’s one of those things that sometimes just have to be done.
If you’re struggling to close your wardrobe doors and you know that you’ve probably got pieces in there that you’ve completely forgotten about, consider this to be your wake-up call. Why not set aside some time this weekend to declutter your wardrobe? Afterwards, you’re going to feel much more relaxed and organised.
It can feel like a mammoth task, but I’ve got you covered. Check out my complete guide to decluttering, without the stress…
GET EVERYTHING OUT IN FRONT OF YOU
You’ve almost definitely got items lurking in the back of drawers that haven’t seen the light of day in months, if not years. My philosophy here is that if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it properly.
So dig everything out – including shoes, handbags, and accessories – and commit to sorting out every single piece that you have. Lay them out on your bed or in a spare room, and don’t put them away until you’ve made a decision about whether they need to stay or go.
RUTHLESSLY ASK YOURSELF THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
You need to know the criteria that you’re going to judge each item against. These are the questions that are useful to ask…
- When is the last time that you wore this item? If it’s more than 12 months ago, then that’s a big indicator that it’s not that important to you, and it’s definitely not an essential
- Is it the type of thing that you’ll ever realistically wear? Or was it a misjudged impulse purchase?
- Is it difficult to look after and maintain? Does it need to be dry cleaned, for example, or carefully ironed and pressed after every wear?
- How does it make you feel when you wear it?
Answering these questions will help you to make an informed and non-emotional decision about what should stay, and what should go.
GET INTO THE MINDSET OF HAVING A CAPSULE WARDROBE
Being stylish and well dressed isn’t about having a million and one different things that you could potentially wear every day of the week. In fact, if you’re in that kind of situation, you’re probably going to find that it causes you a ton of stress and you end up having a mini identity crisis each morning.
Consider how you might be able to curate a collection of 20-30 pieces that can be put together to dress you for any occasion. This approach will free up a ton of space, and also a ton of time!
CONSIDER IF YOU COULD MONETISE YOUR CLUTTER
It’s normal to feel a little guilty about all the money that’s sitting in your wardrobe. Holding on to a piece just because it cost you a small fortune isn’t particularly sensible though. A great idea here is to consider what you might be able to sell on eBay or similar marketplace sites. You might be amazed at how much cash you can get for your unloved pieces.
The key to success with this is properly researching the value of your items so you aren’t over or underpricing them, taking a selection of clear and detailed photos, and writing descriptive titles so your listings are found by the right people. For more advice on cashing in on your clutter, check out these eBay selling tips from Ruth Makes Money.
BE MINDFUL OF SENDING TOO MUCH TO LANDFILL
As a nation, we’re becoming more and more conscious of our impact on the environment. This is only a positive thing. Make sure that you consider this when you think about how you’re going to dispose of any items that you decide aren’t worth selling on.
Your first port of call is going to be your local charity shop. They’ll be more than happy to accept donations of any clothes in decent quality that you want to send their way. If you have items that have seen better days, consider looking for rag recycling services where you live. This will help to ensure that your decluttering activities are gentle on the environment.
ASK YOURSELF WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM DECLUTTERING YOUR WARDROBE
Decluttering your wardrobe isn’t about making some space so you can rush out and buy a load of new stuff, making the same mistakes all over again. So once you’ve finished, take a little time to think about what you can learn. Do you have a habit of impulse buying things that you just don’t need? Do you often buy items that don’t quite fit, and tell yourself that you’ll get into them ‘one day’? Are you having to replace basic pieces time and time again because you’re going for the cheapest items, instead of considering the longer term costs?
When you think about things like this, decluttering your wardrobe isn’t just a one-off activity that you repeat every now and again. It’s something that will make your life easier, and have a positive impact on your finances.
Are you going to be decluttering your wardrobe this weekend? If so, which of these tips resonate most with you?