Learn how to declutter your closet and downsize your wardrobe to make your life less stressful.
Does your weakness for sales leave you with clothing you’ll never wear? For years I did the whole “buy what I like on clearance” routine – only to wind up with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. I think many women can relate to having a closet full of clothes that they don’t wear. The clothes are just taking up space, and it makes it harder to find the clothes that you actually enjoy wearing. It’s time to DECLUTTER YOUR CLOSET AND DOWNSIZE YOUR WARDROBE.
This is part of a DECLUTTERING SERIES that has helped me balance my life by getting my home in order. The series includes 3 of the most clutter catch-all rooms: the kitchen, bedroom, and closet. In this part of the series, I will be sharing tips to declutter your closet and downsize your wardrobe.
How to Declutter Your Closet
Take everything out of your closet. Quickly go through your belongs and separate them into three piles: items to keep, items to donate and items to toss. If you come across any item that is stained or ripped, put it in the trash bag. If it is seasonal, then put it to the side. Next, go through your shoes. It doesn’t matter how pretty they are, if they hurt your feet, toss them.
How to Downsize Your Wardrobe
It makes so much sense to have fewer things in your wardrobe, all of which you love and reflect the real you, rather than having a closet filled with things you stare at and can never decide what to wear.
Now that you have everything out of your closet, it’s time to take everything out of your dresser drawers. It’s time to decide what clothes to keep. If you haven’t worn it in a year, toss it! If you are really unsure about an outfit, then try it on. By trying it on at that very moment, then it will be much easier to say whether you like it, whether it fits you, and whether you will wear it.
Don’t keep clothes for your “past self” and “future self”, only keep clothes that make you feel great right now as your present self. When I decluttered my closet, I found my favorite pair of Calvin Klein jeans from high school. I had kept those jeans for 20 years! It was time to let them go, because after having three kiddos I knew they would never fit again.
If you find that you truly can’t part with many clothing items, then try Oprah’s strategy-hang all of your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction and after you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. Over the course of several months, it will be clear what items you wear, and the ones you don’t.
How to Organize Your Closet
After you have sorted through everything, it’s time to organize your closet. Simplify your closet by hanging up as much as you can. Put the clothes that you wear the most in the front and sort by colors.
Organize your closet by seasonal items and pack away what you don’t need. There is no need to have a closet full of sweaters in July. Most people can’t fit four seasons of clothes in the closet all at once, and especially if sharing a closet with a spouse.
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Maximize your closet space by taking advantage of unused spaces. Put a shoe hanger on the inside of your closet door to hold shoes. Use cute little baskets to hold socks. Be creative, but have a PLACE FOR EVERYTHING! Do it the right way and you shouldn’t have to do it again.
After packing away all of my seasonal items and cleaning out my closet, I was able to see what outfits I had and truly loved. By downsizing your wardrobe, you’ll be able to get dressed quicker, have calmer mornings and enjoy what you wear.
Downsizing your Wardrobe Tips
After you have decluttered your closet and downsized your wardrobe, then you need to KEEP it that way. Think about how the closet became so full. Don’t be an impulsive buyer just because something is on the clearance rack. Be more intentional and focused on what items you truly want in your wardrobe. Paying more for an item that you will definitely wear instead of making a lot of cheap purchases, will save you more money in the long run.
When decluttering your closet, it is important to be mindful of new clothes coming into your closet. Don’t take anyone’s hand-me downs, chances are you will never wear them. Make a list of clothing items that you really just don’t like or that don’t fit your body-style. Don’t ever buy them again. When you do go shopping, ask yourself if you really need an item before you purchase it.
With the ease of online shopping, it so easy to make clothing purchases without trying it on. This has been a problem for me, because many times even if the item of clothing doesn’t fit, I rarely return it. I am trying to be more mindful of online shopping because I feel I have cluttered my closet and wasted so much money.
Where to Donate Clothes
There are many options of where to donate clothes. You can drop them off at any Goodwill store and even get a small tax write-off. You could even call a local homeless shelter to see if they will accept your clothing.
If you don’t have the time to make a local drop-off, I have found a great option for you. It is probably safe to say that with the holidays just passing you may have recently had an influx of Amazon Prime deliveries. Well if you still have those boxes leftover from the holidays, you can pack them up with all of the clothing items you would like to donate. Amazon has made it easy to ship your items to Goodwill. Simply visit GiveBackBox.com to print your FREE shipping label and drop the box off at your local post office or UPS store.
Make sure to get rid of your donation bags and boxes ASAP so they do not add more clutter to your home. If you are wanting to sell your expensive clothing items then check out these tips.