Hey lovelies! So I know most of you have read the title of this post ‘tips for decluttering your wardrobe’ and thought ‘why do I need your tips when Marie Kondo is now in my life and has told me everything I need to know about decluttering?’ but I actually planned this post way before Marie Kondo graced our Netflix screens so I thought I’d share it anyway.
I love having a good declutter of my wardrobe and I usually do it every 6 months or so but due to the fact we’re moving out and I’m now going to have to share a smaller wardrobe space with my Fiancé I thought it was time I downsized my clothing collection once and for all!
I managed to get rid of about 4 bin liners, yes 4! worth of clothes and shoes in the end which are all hopefully going to a better home so I thought I’d share my tips with you. I have to be honest I can be really ruthless when it comes to decluttering, I’ve got no time for hoarders and you need to be strict with yourselves!
#1 – 12 Months Rule
You know those clothes we buy thinking ‘omg that would be perfect for…’ and then we never actually wear them? I’m sure you’ve all done it, I have a 12 month rule, if it hasn’t been worn in the past 12 months it gets sent to the charity shop.
This doesn’t just have to be for new clothes, it applies to your old faithful outfits that you’ve worn until they have holes in them too!
If it’s a summer piece and you haven’t worn it at all for the past summer if not the past two then it’s definitely time to get rid of it, the same if it’s a winter piece. If you haven’t worn it in 12 months get rid!
I often find myself doing this a lot with clothes I’ve bought thinking they’d look great but when I actually try them on I’m not too keen on them. If they never made it back to the shop for a refund I’ll put it on and then take it off again before I even leave the house thinking ‘actually I don’t like it’, for items like this that still have the label on you could try and resell them to make some money back on things like ebay/depop/shpock.
The only time this rule doesn’t apply is to occasion dresses/suits for weddings etc. because sometimes you don’t have more than one a year to go to.
#2 – Downsize Your Collection
For me the biggest collection I had that needed to be downsized was my ‘activewear’. There was a time when I’d go for a run in the mornings at least 3 times a week and I’d go to the gym after work as well meaning I’d get through a tonne of gym clothes every week.
Now that I don’t exercise as often and I owned about 15 pairs of gym leggings I decided it was time to get rid of some.
The best thing to do in this situation is keep the ones you wear the most often or your favourite pieces, for example I had a few pairs of leggings I never wore because I’d found out they were quite see through so they were the first ones that didn’t make the cut. I then had some that would keep sliding down when I was running which is really frustrating so they were the next ones to go.
This might also apply to your jeans collection. We all know that black skinny jeans fade so quickly but I can’t be the only person who buys a new pair and still keeps the old ones? Again keep the ones that are the best quality (and obviously the comfiest) and get rid of the old, faded ones!
#3 – Don’t Go Overboard
The worst problem when it comes to decluttering is we often become too ruthless and find ourselves throwing so much out that when we come to actually find a nice outfit to wear we don’t have anything left.
There’s a fine line between being strict with yourself and going overboard, if you don’t wear something and you can’t ever see yourself wearing it again then what’s the point in keeping it? But if you haven’t worn it because it’s a ‘going out outfit’ and you haven’t been anywhere to wear it in the past 6 months you should still keep it because chances are when you finally get an invite for a night out you’ll be thinking ‘why did I throw that out?’
#4 – Don’t Feel Guilty
When I’m decluttering I often find myself feeling guilty about throwing things out, especially when they may hold some sentimental value. A great example of this is the shoes I had when I was a bridesmaid at my Mom’s wedding. They’re really high heels and they cripple my feet because they aren’t wide enough but I never want to throw them out. The reality is, they’ll probably never get worn again and someone else could give them a good home!
I’m not saying you should throw away all your sentimental items, I felt really guilty about throwing out different band tshirts I’d picked up from my teenage years going to countless gigs so I decided to keep a few of my favourite ones (one from each band) even though they don’t get worn anymore and throw out the rest.
#5 – Don’t Forget About Your Seasonal Items!
I’m sure most of you are like me in that the clothes you buy to go on holiday abroad often end up in a vacuum pack bag inside your suitcase and back up the loft when you get home because let’s face it, we hardly ever get to wear those clothes in the UK.
The problem with this is that when we book another holiday we often forget just how many clothes we already have and start buying more. When I decluttered my actual wardrobe I had two bags full of clothes to throw out but then when we got up the loft and found just how many ‘holiday clothes’ I had, there ended up being another two bags to go!
I’d strongly recommend going through all of your seasonal clothes no matter where you store them before you go out and start to buy a whole new holiday wardrobe as this could save you a lot of money and you’ll find some old favourites in the process!
So that’s all of my tips for decluttering your wardrobe, I really hope this has helped some of you or maybe even inspired you to start having a clear out of your own! Don’t forget, you have to be strict with yourself and rather than just throwing good quality pieces away, send them to your local charity shop or try to sell them yourself so that someone can give your old pieces a better home!