How to declutter your wardrobe
Every year, we make an attempt to declutter the wardrobe, banishing winter clothes to the loft and resurrecting our cheerful summer clothes. This is the perfect opportunity to re-organise your wardrobe making it easier to find and store items.
MOLLY MAID, the house cleaning experts, recommend that you set some time aside one week-end in March, when you’re not under time pressure to declutter your wardrobe. After all, there is truth in the adage of a tidy home a tidy mind – decluttering your wardrobe will also help you to metaphorically declutter your mind and what better time to do it than spring! Here’s a few ideas…
Organising by piles
Before packing away your winter woollies, make some piles and make sure that you organise your clothes before putting them away. You will be thankful when autumn comes that you have been this organised. Follow the same rule with your summer clothes as you unpack them from the loft. So, create the following piles:
- Things you haven’t worn – either because they are too small, too big
- Clothing you haven’t worn for a year – a good indication that you won’t wear them in the foreseeable future.
- Items that are comfortable – they looked good in the shop, but not worth the pain wearing them caused!
- Clothing you hope to wear again – classics and favourites.
Don’t forget the shoes and handbags! As they tend to be expensive items, they tend to get overlooked! However, they take up space and add to the clutter!
Now that you’ve done the sorting, pack up the remaining winter items and your favourites and pop them in the loft. For the summer items, put them to one side for a moment.
Bin bag action
Pack up the remaining piles and carefully pack them away into separate bin bags. Consider taking the clothes that no longer fit or that are a little worn to your charity shop of choice.
Ebay or online shop
Consider selling those items in pile number three online as they will invariably be the items that have only been worn once. There is no harm in advertising them online and putting the proceeds towards something which may help you in staying organised such as a shoe rack.
Now that you have a clearer picture of what you are left with you can start organising your summer wardrobe.
- Invest in some decent slimline hangers that aren’t the metal or plastic variety given to us by dry cleaners. By having our clothes hanging on good quality hangers and at the same eye level, will not only help us decide what to wear more easily, but will be better for our clothes long-term.
- Why not start by hanging clothes into sections such as everyday shirts, skirts, work dresses and jackets and then have a separate section for evening wear?
- Dressy shoes will stack well in clear boxes (so you can see them) and won’t tumble into each other at the back of the wardrobe.
- Use a shoe rack for everyday shoes to help to declutter the wardrobe.
- Screw some hooks into the back of the wardrobe door to hang scarves and ties from for ease in the mornings.