Declutter your wardrobe by asking six easy questions

Declutter your wardrobe by asking six easy questions

A lot of people struggle to organise their wardrobe because there are so many memories attached to each item and it feels like a waste to throw them out. But it needs to be done. 

So, where exactly do you start when you want to declutter your wardrobe?

If you just dump all your clothes on the floor it is easy to get overwhelmed and give up. Then you have even bigger problems, too many clothes and you can’t see the floor! We’ve devised a method to easily declutter your wardrobe by asking six simple questions.

6 decluttering questions

Start by putting each category of clothing or items (shirts, pants, shorts, jumpers, etc.) into a neat pile. Once you have them in piles, find the first piece and ask yourself these three questions:

1. Have I worn it in the last 4-6 months?

2. Do I have something similar to this that I like better?

3. Am I constantly reaching for it when I’m getting ready in the morning?

The answer to each of these questions will help you decide whether them item goes into a ‘keep’ or a ‘donate’ pile. Hopefully by the end of this section, you will have culled the majority of your wardrobe. If you’ve managed to sort all of your wardrobe this way – well done! Skip the next few questions and move onto the ‘managing your wardrobe’ section below. If you are still unsure about an item or two, try it on and ask the next three questions: 

4. Does it fit well? 

5. Do I like the fabric? Is it comfortable?

6. Does it make me feel confident?

Declutter your wardrobe with six easy questions

Managing special pieces

Sometimes a piece is really special, or has great memories attached that you aren’t ready to let go of. If you don’t wear it or it doesn’t fit, keep it in a different place away from the rest of your clothes. That way you can look back and remember what joy it brought you, but it’s not cluttering up your everyday clothes.

There will be some pieces that are a hard no and some that you are not sure about even after trying it on. If you really can’t decide, wear it the next day (or next time it is appropriate to wear) and if you are still unsure, chances are it’s a no. But don’t feel guilty if you keep more clothes than you let go (or visa versa).

Pro tip: Hang all your clothes hangers backwards, then after you have worn them hang them back the right way. After 6 months any clothes that still have a backwards hanger are thrown out or donated.

Declutter your wardrobe

Organising your wardrobe

Once you have decluttered, you need to organise your wardrobe. Here are 5 ways to organise your wardrobe with your reduced clutter

1. File-folding

This method was created by Marie-Kondo. Instead of folding your clothes and pilling then on top of each other, you stand them up next to each other like books, but in a drawer.

2. Baskets

Use baskets for everything!!! You can use them for socks, undies, pyjamas or even shirts. You could put them on your shelves or in draws to act a bit like dividers.

3. Labels

Labelling helps you stay organised, not only does it help you get ready quicker in the morning but it will remind you that everything has a home and where that home is. When things aren’t labelled it’s easy to just shove stuff everywhere, so label everything, draws, baskets, cupboards and shelves!

4. S-hooks

S-hooks can be used for a lot of things, not just bags. You can use them to hang up jeans by the belt loop on the back, or belts by the buckle. You can also use them for bags, scarfs or hats.

Feature image by Sarah Brown ; clothes hanging by Priscilla Du Preez ; wardrobe with photos by Shanna Camilleri 


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