The right way to declutter your wardrobe. Everyone wants to have a wardrobe that’s neat, tidy and clutter-free.
But you don’t have to wait until New Year’s to clear out your old clothes and get rid of anything you don’t need.
If you want to make a fresh start with your clothes but don’t know the right way to declutter your wardrobe, keep reading for our tips.
Make your clothes visible
Our clothes are tightly packed into our wardrobes that it’s impossible to see them. The only way to solve this is to get rid of as many clothes as possible for your remaining ones to become visible (and therefore not get forgotten).
Go through your wardrobe and keep items that you really need. Get rid of anything that is difficult to wear, for example if it needs to be ironed every five minutes.
Finally, look at what you have multiples of and narrow it down – if you have any ‘useful’ tops, get rid of any that are scruffy.
Consider what is sentimental
An excuse frequently used in hoarding situations is sentimental value. Whether it’s a dress you wore on a first date with your boyfriend or a top you associate with a fun holiday, many items can end up hanging in your wardrobe long after you stopped wearing them.
It’s important not to use ‘sentimental’ as an excuse. Think of how your clothes could be put to better use. Instead of gathering dust in your wardrobe, they could find new life picked up by someone in a charity shop.
There’ joy to be found in giving clothes a new life as well as holding onto them.
Create a box for holiday clothes
There aren’t many days when it’s sunny enough to wear strappy dresses or sandals, so having your holiday clothes clutter a sizeable chunk of your wardrobe doesn’t make sense.
Why not create a holiday box, full of bikinis and sun hats and summer dresses that you only wear on holidays?
Make sure to clearly label it and store in on a high shelf so that it doesn’t take up too much space. You’ll also feel a sense of excitement every time you reach up and bring you holiday box down for you next trip.
Store occasion outfits separately
As with you holiday clothes, separate your occasion attire from your everyday wardrobe. After all, that ballgown you own takes up a lot of room and is only going to be worn once a year at most.
Just like the holiday box, clearly label your occasion items so you know what box they’re in before storing it away on a top shelf.
Protect your clothes
Once you’ve decluttered your wardrobe, you can cherish and protect your clothes properly. First dust and clean the inside of your wardrobe or chest of drawers. Avoid wire hangers as these can misshape your clothes. Opted for skinny hangers which don’t take up too much room.
Things to avoid when decluttering
Not having an end in mind
It’s easy to get bogged down by every item that you own and that can take up so much time.
If you focus on the negatives of decluttering your wardrobe, you miss the positive experience you are trying to achieve. You will end up with a wardrobe of clothes you love.
Overlooking clothes that have always been there
People have a tendency to only look at the obvious clutter when sorting their clothes. This means that items can simply get taken out and put back in without a second glance. Some clothes become a mainstay in your wardrobe, but for very little reason apart from how long you’ve owned them.
Make yourself look at each item you own and make a conscious decision as to why you need to keep it.
Not trying things on
If you try things on before you make a decision, it’s much easier to say whether you will wear it. You declutter more items as a result of trying them on. This means you don’t need to spend time in the future looking after things you don’t wear.
Here at Fashion.ie we always promote fashion sustainability. Where possible, please exchange your clothing with others to increase their longevity. This ensures they do not go towards landfill which is bad for the environment.
Always check out how and where your clothes, beauty products and accessories are made before purchase. This ensures they are not only ethically produced but environmentally friendly.
We can all play our part and make the difference to working towards a better and cleaner fashion environment.
The right way to declutter your wardrobe