If you’re struggling to close your wardrobe or feel frustrated every time you try to find something in it, it could be time to reduce the clutter.
However, while many of us might have the best intentions when it comes to cleaning out our wardrobes, this can easily fall to the bottom of the priority list. Therefore, you need a step by step approach to make this task a manageable one.
To get you started, here are seven ways you can reduce clutter in your wardrobe, starting today!
How To Reduce Clutter In Your Wardrobe:
1. Start Small
We might have grand ideas about sorting out our entire wardrobe in a weekend, but often this doesn’t happen because it is a really overwhelming task! To make things easier on yourself, start small.
Start by going through your clothing and removing all of the items that are torn, damaged or stained. These are the kinds of items that realistically you are never going to wear again, so free up your wardrobe and give to a greater cause by donating them to charity.
2. Divide Up Your Wardrobe
Depending on where you live, you might have seasonal items that could take up a lot of space if they are all in one closet at the same time. For example, if you live in a very cold climate, you can take all of your heavy winter coats and store them in a separate wardrobe, and then just take them out when you need them.
The same goes for heavy winter boots and other winter accessories which can easily be stored away while you’re not wearing them.
If you live in a warmer climate, the same applies. You could even store warmer items at the top of your shelves, along with other items that you might not need as often. If you haven’t used a seasonal item of clothing for a number of seasons, it’s time to consider giving it away!
3. Get Rid of “I Might Wear These One Day” Items
If you aren’t wearing an item of clothing, a pair of shoes, or any accessories because they don’t fit now, it’s time to toss them out. If you really value a piece of clothing that needs to be altered or repaired, set yourself a deadline for doing this.
In the event that you miss the deadline, it’s time to get rid of the item, as you’ve just proved to yourself that you really can live without it!
4. Think About What You Really Need
It’s tempting to buy more than one item of the same kind of clothing or accessory because it was on special, but do you really need it? Once you’ve gone through the above steps, it’s time to dig a bit deeper.
If you need to, ask a friend for help (preferably one who doesn’t have a bulging wardrobe!). An additional perspective can help determine what you really need. Once you take the time to consider it, often just one item will do.
Also, if you bought an item of clothing because you thought it might go well with another article of clothing that you haven’t found yet, it’s time to toss that original item into the “donation” pile.
5. Physically Handle All Your Clothing
This is an important step because it’s only when you handle the item that you really know and feel if it is valuable to you. As put forward by famous decluttering authority, Marie Kondo, it’s important that all of the items you own bring you joy.
It’s easy to look at a wardrobe full of clothing and feel like you’ll definitely wear the item again at some point. However, when you actually take clothes out of your wardrobe and look at them in isolation, you’ll often find that you really don’t want, need or like the particular item anymore. If you reach this point, toss it out!
If you are a sentimental person, like many of us, and find it difficult to let things go, try out a few experiments to see how much you really need. One common recommendation is to sort all your clothes into a Keep, Maybe and Donate pile. Once you’ve established what to put in the donation pile, take these away.
Then, put all of the “maybe” clothes in another closet for a while. By doing this, you’ll soon realise what you do wear, and what you forget about. All the items you’ve forgotten about after a certain time can easily get tossed out too.
7. Keep The Things You Love
In a consumer-driven world, it can be easy to feel like you need to keep buying things. However, it’s only the things we really need, value and love that will make us happy, and help live a less cluttered life.
If you’re struggling with the clutter in your wardrobe, really take some time to sort through your belongings and only keep what you need and love. Afterwards, you’ll be amazed at the different experience you will have every time you open your closet!