I recently discovered my wardrobe had become the Bermuda triangle of clothes. With so much clutter, my newly bought jackets, summer dresses and favourite shoes had seemingly disappeared. Sound familiar?
To spare myself the frustration of not being able to find anything, I decided to take action and relieve the “stuffocation”.
I’ll admit the idea of spending my weekend knee-deep in clothes was less than appealing. Luckily by the end, I discovered it did not have to be such an onerous task.
By following a few simple steps, I was able to quickly and efficiently clear out my closet and find some much needed extra space.
Here is my advice:
1. Start from scratch and sort
It may sound daunting but really the most effective way to declutter is to get everything out. Hanger by hanger, shoebox by shoebox, empty out the contents of your closet.
As you do this, put each item into one of three piles – donate, keep and mend. Put donate pile in a garbage bag and separate from the room.
If you’re unsure, ask yourself:
- Have I ever worn this? Is the label still attached?
- Does this make me uncomfortable?
- Have I outgrown this?
- Would I like to wear this again some day?
In my case, I discovered I had clothes in about three different dress sizes. By culling clothes that no longer fit, I suddenly found a third-more space (not to mention 30 more coat hangers!)
2. Throw out odds and ends
If you’re like me, your closet is the default home for anything you don’t know where to put. Old primary school awards, holiday souvenirs and the odd Christmas decoration have a way of ending up my wardrobe.
These things do not belong with shoes and scarves. The next step is sort through your miscellaneous items and decide what stays (if anything). My advice is to be brutal – there’s reason you have hidden these odds and ends!
3. Assess your space obstacles
Not all closets were created equally – some have spacious drawers, others long clothes racks. Ask yourself:
- Where do I have most space?
- What do I have most of?
- What do I use most regularly?
- How can I make best use of the space?
Those with big shoe collections might think about a hanging shoe-rack. Accessories overcrowding? Try an over-the-door organiser. [Click to tweet] Other space-saving solutions might include hanging storage units, drawer dividers and multi-use hangars.
4. Organise in sections
The final step is to put everything back in a sensible and logical order. Use your findings from the previous step to guide you.
For some, this might mean collecting like terms – shirts in one place, jeans in another. Others may prefer to organise according to work clothes and casual. Then there are those who enjoy a colour-coordinated wardrobe.
My advice is to arrange a wardrobe by seasons. Right now, thanks to my decluttering efforts, I have autumn clothes up front and summer clothes at the back.
Want to get started on de-cluttering your wardrobe? Get started with our de-cluttering checklist today!
What are your tips? What are other good strategies for de-cluttering a wardrobe with ease?
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