Personal Note: “De-cluttering your wardrobe is a big task. Make it a fun weekend project!
In my next post I will show you how easy it is to make your own little sachets with delightful scents to keep your clothes fresh and smell beautifully. So, stay tuned and have a happy and wonderful day!” Beate
De-clutter your wardrobe!
If you have reorganized the space in your closet or spring-cleaned it (see my former posts), sort your clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories out and bring back only what you love and what you use. Here are the steps:
1. Take out everything you have in your wardrobe and throw on your bed or the floor (if it is clean).
2. Remove clothes, shoes and other items that you did not wear for the past 1 year. For each item ask yourself these questions or get help from a good friend:
- Does it fit?
- Is it comfortable?
- Is it flattering?
- Have I worn it in the last year?
- If not, why not?
- Is it still in fashion?
- Would I wear it if it was altered – let out, taken in, shoulder pads removed, shortened, buttons changed, dyed another colour?
3. Make three piles:
- Perfect — these go back into the wardrobe
- Need attention — Items that need something doing, like Dry cleaned, mended, altered etc – Do it straight away!
- Let go — Items that can be sold (or swap with friends), donated, recycled or tossed.
4. Sort that Let Go pile into 4 categories:
- SELL: Any item that you would purchase for yourself and things you KNOW other people would buy, items with a brand name or looks almost new are pretty good. Bring it to a second hand shop or sell on the internet.
- DONATE: Anything that is WEARABLE that didn’t make it in the Sell pile, but be reasonable. Do not donate anything with holes, rips, tears, stains…
- RE-PURPOSE: Anything that is NOT wearable. If you can tear up t-shirts or other clothes to use as a rag for the next art or cleaning project or to wear it while painting the house next week, then keep them in a separate place .
- TOSS: Anything that is not able to be re-purposed or worn again.
5. Spring clean your closet:
- Vacuum throughout
- Wash down shelves and woodwork
- Place wonderfully smelling sachets in different places and between your clothes. (I will show you in my next post how to make them yourself, step-by-step and in-expensive).
6. Congratulations! If you have followed the elimination process above all you need to do now is to put your perfect clothes back into your freshly organized wardrobe, on your new hangers, adjusted, rods, new shelves, boxes, baskets or drawers and You will feel an absolute runner’s high from having it clean and organized, trust me!
7. You should keep it a habit to de-clutter your wardrobe at least once a year and it helps to keep it neat and tidy.
If you wish to read more about de-cluttering and improving your wardrobe, these are some interesting books:
- 168 Feng Shui ways to Declutter your Home by Lillian Too
- The Lucky Shopping Manual – Building and improving your wardrobe by Andrea Linett and Kim France
- The Style Checklist – The Ultimate Wardrobe Essentials for your by Lloyd Boston
- Clutter Busting – Letting go of what’s holding you back by Brooks Palmer
- Clutter, Chaos & the Cure by Rosemary Chieppo and Ernie Conte
- The Clutter Diet – The Skinny on organizing your home and taking control of your life by Lorie Marrero