Trying to figure out how to declutter your wardrobe?
Decluttering your closet doesn’t have to be overwhelming!
With a couple of easy-to-follow tips, you can have a completely new (and organized) wardrobe in one afternoon!
Minimalism continues to grow stronger and stronger, and it’s highly likely that you either know someone who preaches the Marie Kondo gospel or are yourself a KonMari advocate.
In fact, the renewed focus on Kondo and the art of organization speaks to just how many of us are craving stability and simplicity amidst our stressful and chaotic daily lives.
Your wardrobe is a great place to start decluttering and restore a sense of calm to your life. It is often the place that people associate with decluttering the most. Below are six steps to help you get started….
Decluttering Your Wardrobe
Take It All Out
You read right: the first step is to take everything out. Go into as deep a dive as possible and pull things out of the deepest nooks and crannies of your wardrobe.
All too often, we use “decluttering” as a way to simply move our things from one place to another.
This is why a complete overhaul is necessary — you can’t begin to declutter your wardrobe without first knowing what’s in it!
Sort According To Occasion
If sorting through all of your clothes is starting to make you go dizzy, take the time to sort everything out according to occasion.
Put all your athleisure in one corner, followed by office wear, casual wear, so on and so forth.
Sorting your clothes into these piles helps you keep track of just how many sports leggings you have versus how many you actually need.
You can use your daily planner as a reference to see just how often you go out to the gym or on a fancy event, which can then make it easier for you to decide what to keep.
Set A Timeline
How many of us buy a piece of clothing that we promise we’ll wear eventually, but never get to? Pretty Me’s guide to wardrobe cleaning suggests setting a deadline of six months when it comes to picking out what to keep.
If you haven’t worn an item in six months (unless it’s a seasonal item or something for special occasions), take it as a sign that you probably won’t wear it at all.
It’s a hard truth to stomach, but facing these realizations is important if you really want to declutter your wardrobe for good.
Get Your Friends Involved
As fashion editor Tamara Abraham highlights, getting a friend involved in the decluttering process makes this daunting task become a lot more manageable.
Even if it’s through video call, friends can serve as the harsh voice of reason when you find yourself becoming too lenient on what to keep.
You can even have a bit of fun modeling each piece to find out what really suits you, or you can set a date where you both go through your closet and help each other declutter!
Go To What Makes You Feel Good
Gravitate towards the items that make you feel your best when you wear them.
Whether it’s a piece that flatters your figure or something that’s in a fun color, your emotional connection to these pieces will motivate you to wear them over and over.
The same goes for the comfy pair of sweatpants you’ve worn forever, as these will continue to go to good use on the days when you need a little pick-me-up.
The secret to a sustainably minimalist wardrobe is relying on tried-and-true pieces year after year, so go with your gut.
Keep Some Statement Pieces
Dressing up should be fun, and decluttering shouldn’t be a punishment!
Statement pieces like bandanas can elevate several outfits, and these multifunctional accessories let you experiment with what’s in your closet.
Accessories that also have sentimental value are worth keeping, so don’t be too strict with yourself.
Knowing how to declutter properly will help you successfully make room while also letting you enjoy the whole process! Don’t get overwhelmed and try to have fun!
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