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Declutter Your Clothing Once and For All

27th Mar, 2020

Let’s be honest we have nothing but time on our hands at the moment so it’s the perfect time to completely declutter!

Step #1: TAKE IT ALL OUT. First and foremost, take everything out of your wardrobe and throw it in a pile on your bed or bedroom floor. Yes, everything! Look at all the space you have in your wardrobe and in the words of Marie Kondo “Let’s spark some joy”!

Step #2: FIND THE REST. We all tend to leave (or hide) certain clothing around our homes, lets root this out and add it to your wardrobe pile, this can include;

  • out-of-season clothing
  • coats
  • clothing in drawers or presses
  • underwear, socks, bras
  • scarves
  • pj’s, activewear, loungewear

Step #3: GO THROUGH THE PILE. How much of that do you actually wear?! Hold up each piece. Do you currently wear and love it? While doing this, any piece of clothing where you think ‘yes, I love it!’ goes back in the wardrobe. Anything that you hesitated about or are unsure of goes into a maybe pile. You can put your obvious no’s into a bag.

TOP TIP: Don’t hold onto something because you once loved it or it used to fit your lifestyle. Work in the here and now– what do you love NOW? What works for you NOW?

Be brutal with your socks, underwear, and bras, they have a shelf life. Use this as an excuse to treat yourself to ones that make you look and feel amazing!

Step #4: TRY EVERYTHING ON IN YOUR ‘MAYBE’ PILE. Instead of asking ‘how does this look on me?’ ask yourself ‘how does this make me feel?’

Step #5: FINALISE YOUR CLOTHING. Your favourites should be back in your wardrobe and your ‘no’s’ ready to go out the door. If anything jumps out to you that doesn’t go with your new decluttered wardrobe add it into the no pile.

Step #6: HANDBAGS. Now do this with your handbags, totes, and clutches. Remember, what do you really use? Which ones do you love? Keep those.

TOP TIP: Get rid of handbags you no longer use. Make a little money by selling them online and put that towards one you really love.

Step #7: SHOES. Now it’s time to tackle your shoes. Be brutal. As you hold up each pair, ask yourself:

  • do you still wear them?
  • do they work with your new wardrobe?
  • are they in great condition?
  • are they in style?

Step #9: DISCARD. Anything that ended up in your no pile you can donate or resell.

Step #10: ENJOY. Take a step back and give yourself a pat on the back!