New order: the great wardrobe declutter

Considering I don’t buy many clothes at all, I shouldn’t need an annual wardrobe declutter. However, I most certainly do!

Don’t you just hate it when you are getting dressed in a hurry and you can’t find the top you need to go with the skirt you are wearing? Or the jumper in the right colour can’t be located anywhere? A wardrobe declutter gives you the opportunity to sort your clothes out and remember what you actually own. I usually rediscover items I had got out of the habit of wearing, so a good declutter makes me feel I have more clothes in an odd sort of way.

Declutter rather than redecorate

One of my goals for November is to sort out and declutter my bedroom. We don’t have the time or money to redecorate but  would like to freshen it up and maybe move the furniture around. It is not a large bedroom – it is the middle of three. We chose it because it has a view over the back garden, which we love.

The wardrobe is really just a  hole in the wall with a curtain across it.  I have had many of my clothes for years – I try to look after them. Many were purchased second-hand in charity shops, eBay and boot sales. Some were bought in the sales. If they were new and full price they are usually from Primark or everything5pound.com! Because it isn’t a huge space it does tend to get a bit crammed. At the moment there is so much in there everything is getting creased. A wardrobe declutter is essential!

I also intend to go through all the drawers in my dressing table, the bedside tables, the linen cupboard, the boxes under the bed and our large chest of drawers (for a small room, we have a LOT of stuff in there). However, today I started with the wardrobe.

I have started pulling everything out so that I can decide what to keep, what to sell and what to give to charity. It will be put back in item type: dresses, skirts, tops, trousers, cardigans, coats, etc. I am not a fan of colour coding and, since I wear a lot of  black and grey, it would be pretty pointless anyway!

Decluttering saves you money

There are so many money-saving advantages to having a good old wardrobe declutter.

Firstly, you find clothes you had forgotten you owned, as I mentioned already.

Secondly, you can sell your unwanted items, maybe on eBay (my guide is here), Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree or Depop.

Thirdly, your bedroom will look clean and tidy and is almost as good as repainting!

Finally, you can donate what you want to charity. In my case, we are having a clothes sale as part of our Children in Need fundraising, so anything I don’t want will be sold to raise money for this great cause.

I am half way through my wardrobe declutter. How about joining me? It is cheap therapy and good for the soul :).

 

15 thoughts on “New order: the great wardrobe declutter

  1. This is on my priority to do list. Like you I don’t buy many clothes so can’t understand why I have two wardrobes full. I can’t find what I want and everything needs ironing before I can wear it. It will be very therapeutic.

  2. The shein and Aldi adverts you have are static and fine, but the only apartments one is annoying, flashes over whatever I,m trying to read. Won,t go away grrrrr. Guess it’s all a balancing act moneterising a blog.

  3. I feel so much better after I get rid of clothes that don’t fit anymore or I don’t like. I try not to replace them with more but only if I really need something. I may have another clearout before Xmas 🙂

    • Thanks Ilona – I know what they are like and won’t be reading them! It appeared in the Sun and Mirror too!

  4. Hi there, reading this made me realise I really need to declutter my wardrobe. Too many “They’re quite ok”-items in mine, so many “Might wear them again if I loose some weight”-things etc. The truth is, “quite ok” doesn’t feel good, plus I haven’t lost any weight for years. Finding an outfit usually takes me ages, this needs to end. Will do this over the weekend, already started searching for internet shops to sell my clothes (am from Germany). Thank you so much for the inspiration :-).

  5. Just read your article in the DM very good. My daughter is doing Christmas lunch for her husband’s family who insist that it is traditional, so that is what she will do. We lived in a hot climate so we would go to the beach and have a picnic and Christmas pudding when we got home. If we spent the day at home we would have something special like prawns.

    I also bought presents during the year . When my girls grew up I was always getting their presents wrong so I told them not to buy me anything but to buy something for there selves instead. Now I have five grandchildren and I give money to be invested for their future.

    Merry Christmas when it comes

  6. hi Jane I have just found your blog and I love it.Today I am rummaging through the stored summer gear to try and create a summer wardrobe (little joke), and tomorrow I shall have a haircut a la shoestring jane.

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