There’s nothing worse than not being able to find the things you need, especially when it means having to rifle through clothes, shoes and accessories. And having an overflowing, unorganised wardrobe just makes it even harder.
Ever had one of those days when you stand in front of your overflowing wardrobe and think “I have nothing to wear”? The easiest solution would be buying some new clothes but is that really a long term solution? The truth is, when this happens, it’s more likely that your wardrobe need some decluttering and reorganizing. By doing this, you will re-discover things – things you once loved and treasured – but forgot about because they’re hidden behind a pile of junk you don’t need.
It’s likely that you only wear less than half of what’s inside but sometimes we hold onto things because they have sentimental value, or because we’re convinced that one day they’ll fit again. But if you’re prepared to tackle the job, and you really want to get organised, the below guide will help you to declutter your wardrobe in the most efficient way.
Plan: Let’s be realistic, you can’t really declutter your entire wardrobe in an hour! So make sure you set aside enough time for this. You’ll need from half a day to a day – depending on how much stuff you have. It will be useful to have a full length mirror, some storage boxes, a cloth rack and a smart phone/camera.
Purge: Empty your wardrobe completely. If you would like to reduce the task by half, do that by putting out-of-season clothes away first. You can then tackle this at another time, but it will have to be done eventually.
Sort: Try everything on and sort them into 3 piles:
- Throw away: Items that are worn out, items that are stretched even when you’re not wearing them
- Charity: Give out items that are too small or too big, items that simply don’t flatter your figure, items that you have not worn during the last 2 years – yes, many others would suggest the 6 months rule – but to be honest, that’s a bit ruthless, what with the season and all. But if you haven’t worn something for 2 years, it has to go.
- Keep: Anything that survived the above filters can be kept. Hang them on the clothes rack.
Ditch: Put the stuff that belongs to the first 2 piles in storage boxes and label them. If you find that it difficult to let go, hold on to the charity box for a while. Keep them out of sight, in your garden shed or in storage. Open the box after 6 months and if you don’t miss any of those things then it’s time to give them away.
Organise: Put everything back into your wardrobe. Try to organize things in a way so that you can find them immediately. For example, you can sort the clothes by:
- Evening dresses
- Shoes – if you have a lot of shoes, keep them separately, otherwise you can use the floor space of your wardrobe for them.
Tips: To achieve a neat look, invest in uniform cloth hangers. Thin hangers will help you maximize your space as you can hang more clothes with them.
You can also sort your clothes by colours as this will give a less cluttered impression. Having an organised wardrobe is the key to stress-free mornings and making sure that you’re getting the most out of your clothes. You’ve invested in looking good, so it pays to be able to easily choose and access all your favourite pieces.