My wardrobe has always been fairly minimal and I like to keep it that way. I’ve last decluttered my wardrobe in early November, about 2 weeks before moving to Amsterdam. Decluttering my wardrobe is something I do probably 2-3 times a year. Here are 5 simple tips to declutter your wardrobe that will help you nail it:
Everything must come out
Take out all the items in your closet and put everything in a pile, so you have visibility of everything you own. You can use your bed for this.
It applies to shoes, jewellery and accessories too. The best way to do this is to allocate one weekend and block a couple of hours each day for one section at a time.
Start with clothes, because once they are sorted and you know what you’re keeping, going through accessories and shoes should be a breeze. You’ll instantly see which items go better with the things you’ve decided to keep.
Do I like this item?
The first step is to ask yourself these questions: ‘Do I really like this item? Does it bring me joy?’
You’ll need to go through each item asking yourself the simple questions:
Trash, treasure or transfer
Decluttering is much easier when you think of it as deciding what to keep, rather than deciding what to throw away. That’s why, taking it all out and going through each item one by one – is so effective.
Now that you have everything that you own in front of you, we need to sort through it and decide what to do with it. We’re going to sort things into 3 categories: Trash, Treasure and Transfer.
All the obvious ‘Yes’ items can go back into the wardrobe for now. These belong to Treasure category.
There will be some items that you’ll be undecided about. Grab a bin bag and put them in there – these are ‘temporarily undecided/maybe’ items. Perhaps you need a little more time to think about them. You can revisit them later and assign it to a category.
Once you have your ‘No’ items identified, it’s time to do something about them.
If you decided to trash them, look for places where you can give them for recycling so they don’t go on landfill. Before you toss anything, consider if someone else can use it; if so, put it in the Transfer pile instead.
If it’s in good condition, you can donate or sell them. Here are the websites I use to sell the items in my wardrobe:
Stick to your favourite few colours
When you stick to a few colours in the wardrobe, it makes it easy to match them and put an outfit together in no time. I’d say this is one of the most important tips to declutter your wardrobe. It has been a major life-changer for me because I used to buy things I liked in the store without thinking about the outfit selection process. I usually ended up wearing those nice clothes once or never, because they wouldn’t go with anything else I owned.
You only need one
If you find yourself asking which sandals you should keep then you probably have too many. You only need 1 pair which is good quality, fits great and is the colour that goes well with 70% of your summer clothes.
Decluttering your wardrobe is not something you should do several times a year just to make more room for new clothes. It’s a learning curve, showing you and teaching you what works best for you, what’s your personal style, what do you want it to be. And most importantly, it’s an ongoing process and part of how to live minimally and more sustainably.