Considering I don’t buy many clothes at all, I shouldn’t need an annual wardrobe declutter. However, I most certainly do!
Since I am off the spending this no spend January and one of my goals for the year is to have a good declutter generally, the wardrobe is a good place to begin.
It saves money
When you are trying to keep your costs down, a declutter is perfect. You can ‘shop from your wardrobe’ and start wearing items you have forgotten about. This will stop you buying more clothing than you really need.
Hopefully, it will also stop you repeating your purchasing mistakes when you realise how much money you have wasted on clothing you never wear!
It saves time
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 you need 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.
You can make money
If money is tight, a good old wardrobe declutter gives you the opportunity to resell things that are hanging around unused on eBay or Vinted. (This is my referral link and I will get a credit if you use it and sell your first item.)
It’s easier than redecorating
Having a wardrobe declutter (and a declutter generally) can make your room seem so much cleaner, tidier and brighter.
We don’t have the time or money to redecorate our bedroom at the moment, 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.
A declutter will give me the chance to give it all a good clean and freshen the room up.
You can give to charity without spending anything
Charities benefit hugely from the profits their retail outlets make. They are dependant on donations, so you can wave goodbye to clothes knowing that they will be doing some good elsewhere.
Where to start with a wardrobe declutter?
My 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 or boot sales. Some were bought in the sales.
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, I will begin with the wardrobe.
It’s not rocket science, but this is how I tend to organise things.
Step by step
1# Do it in one
Give yourself time to get your wardrobe declutter done in one go. It’s too messy and confusing if you have to leave it half done!
#2 Sort it into piles
Be brave and pull it all out! Then sort as you go into piles: I go with keep, donate and sell, but there might be a further pile if I think friends or family will like particular items.
#3 Be ruthless!
If you haven’t worn it for a year or more, then you are probably never going to. If something doesn’t fit and you have been keeping it for when you lose weight, be honest. Are you going to lose weight any time soon or is it just cluttering up your space?
#4 Get rid promptly
Once you have made a decision on the fate of your unwanted clothing, get it out of the door quickly. List it on eBay or take it to wherever you are going to donate it. We also have a kerbside textile collection, so I put anything really tatty in there for recycling.
#5 Reorganise neatly
Once I have finished my clothing purge, everything I keep will be put back in item type: dresses, skirts, tops, trousers, cardigans, coats, etc. I also find hanging similar colours together is useful and saves time when I am choosing an outfit.
I am half way through my wardrobe declutter. How about joining me? It is cheap therapy and good for the soul :).