Do you stare at your overstuffed wardrobe searching for something to wear but feeling like to you can’t find a decent outfit?
After watching Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix I have been all about downsizing the junk in our house. Thankfully our house is not that bad as I have a habit of throwing out a lot when I change the house over each season but there is always room for improvement.
The one area of my house that always seems to fill with clutter is my wardrobe. I practice the method of facing the coat hangers a certain way at the start of the season and if they haven’t been changed to the other way round once the item has been worn I donate that item to goodwill. Still, it seems that clothing just turns up like magic and clutters my wardrobe yet I never feel like I have anything to wear.
There is no easy way to start when downsizing your wardrobe but I like to follow Marie’s general structure and throw everything in a giant pile, no matter how distressing it can feel making a giant mess it will be worth it in the long run.
Once you have your pile of clothes start going through each item one by one, did you wear it last season? No, to the donation pile you go. Is this item a staple in your wardrobe, do you wear it often? How many of these items do you own? let’s be real you only need 1 to 2 different shades of blue denim jeans, any more and its just overkill.
When de-cluttering be realistic about the clothes you currently own, are you holding on to them for sentimental value? did someone buy it for you and it’s just not your style? Was it expensive and you feel guilty only wearing it a few times? Think about the reason you are holding onto these items.
Concentrate on your style, remove pieces that clash heavily with the bulk of the items you are keeping. Think about how items will pair together and work to create different looks out of the same items. Don’t get to hung up on the number of items you have, be more concerned with how well you can style them.
Remember at the end of the day its just clothes and they are only there to make you feel comfortable and confident. Decluttering can help remove unwanted stress in your life but it can also create stress so try your best to be open-minded and if at the end of the day you feel happier having a wardrobe filled to the brim with clothes as opposed to streamlined and minimal than that is your own prerogative.
Do you struggle with a cluttered wardrobe?
What is your best tip for decluttering your wardrobe?