I don’t know about you but I can’t find anything to wear in my wardrobe these days. As we move into May I think it is time to say bye bye to Winter, put all those winter jumpers away and make room for some brighter, lighter clothes. If you dread the thought of going through everything in your wardrobe, deciding what to keep and what to bin, then maybe these few tips will help make your wardrobe declutter an enjoyable experience.
I would love to pay somebody to turn up at my house, clean out my wardrobes, sort all the things I need to get rid of and leave me with plenty of space in my wardrobes for a few nice pieces suitable for this time of the year.
However, when you do it yourself, decluttering can give you a big sense of accomplishment. Remember it is for your own good and the fewer things you have, the easier it is to find items and mix and match outfits.
So keep it simple and try the following:
- Give yourself the afternoon or evening for this important task. Turn up the music, find yourself a few boxes or medium size bags and get stuck in. Don’t use big black bags because very quickly they will become too heavy and they will remain on your bedroom floor or hall way for weeks.
- Start by taking everything out of your wardrobe and pile it on the bed. Sort your clothes into three zones, KEEP, BIN and MAYBE. Before you put them away think about which ones you wore during the last six months and ask yourself if you really enjoyed wearing them? If they suit you and you loved wearing them then keep them. If not, put them in the BIN pile and make way for new ones. The MAYBE is only if you really really have a hard time deciding. You will look at the MAYBE pile again at the end. Remember if you haven’t used it for 6 months, put it in the BIN pile. Maybe a bit longer for seasonal clothes (winter coats).
- That’s the hard bit done, your wardrobe is empty and you have decided on what to keep. Now it’s time to start putting the clothes back in your wardrobe. These should be all the clothes you love. Leave spaces between things if you can. T-shirts go with t-shirts and try to organise all items by colour. This might sound crazy but if you are looking for a white top to go over your favourite jeans then you will be able to pick it out in seconds. Keep all your cardigans, blazers together. Then your trousers. Fold your jeans and leave them on shelves. Dresses and skirts should be kept together. Keep your sports clothes completely separate maybe in a drawer so you will be able to grab your running top and bottoms quickly. This will leave more room in your wardrobe to hang your good clothes.
- Now that you have the clothes you love back in your wardrobe it is time to deal with the other piles. Take the MAYBE pile (small I hope) and have another look at each item. If you really want to keep it but you are still unsure but have room elsewhere to store it then box it and label it and don’t open it for 6 months. Put the BIN pile into boxes and organise the stuff you’ll donate to charity, stuff you’re going to give to friends, or recycle and put them straight into your car.
- Now you have all the clothes you love perfectly organised. Jot down a few ideas of what outfits go together and stick it on the inside of your wardrobe. Maybe somebody admired an outfit you once put together then add this to your list.
6.If you have made a huge void in your wardrobe it might be time to invest in a few essentials. Make a list of what you need so you can keep an eye out the next time you are in the shops. White tops are always a necessity and definitely worth picking up a few fresh ones for your wardrobe this time of the year.
Always invest in things like a blazer, a good pair of jeans or a nice cut t-shirt. Then, add a new pair of sandals, sun glasses and a big summer bag.
I will chat about shoes and accessories at another stage but for now it is time to sit back, breathe and admire your beautiful new minimalist closet. Make yourself a nice cup of coffee and just admire.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication!
Thanks for reading.