How to declutter your clothes

How to declutter your clothes

Everyone that knows me understands that I’m a “Do as I say rather than do as I do” type of person. The other day I woke up and wondered if I should change.

I’ve been helping people declutter before they move house for years, and although I’m not moving, I thought it was time to declutter my own house.

Before you start to declutter:

The best advice I can give anyone is not to declutter on your own. Get a friend or a professional in to help. It’s more fun, it keeps you focussed, keeps the momentum going, and less exhausting (there’s also someone else to help bag up clothes for the charity shop or to hang or to fold). So, I invited one of my Homemover colleagues round to keep me on track.

When decluttering a whole house, it needs to be split up into bitesize bits. I like starting with clothes.

Give yourself time to think about it. Try to go through your cupboard in your head and picture what your less cluttered cupboard is going to look like. For me, I wanted to be able to open it and only see things that I actually might want to wear rather than a whole of load of things that made me feel guilty about not wanting to. If that meant only a few things survived then so be it.

Where to start

I suggest starting with your tops. Get them all out, and put them in a big pile on your bed/floor.

Get everything out of the cupboard in a pile on the floor or clothes rail

First, give the drawers/cupboards a really good spring clean.

How to declutter

Now, pick up each top one at a time and ask yourself a set of questions. I encourage you to do it out loud, it might make you feel a bit silly but talking about your clothes out loud, and telling their story, will help you to decide whether to keep them or whether they’ve had their day and it’s time to “rehome” them. Explain each item to the person helping you, obviously, some won’t need a story to help you decide, some will last longer!

  1. Why did I buy it or where did it come from?
  2. When did I last wear it?
  3. Did it make me feel good (either because I look amazing in it, or it helps off set an outfit, or because it keeps me warm, or because it just incredibly useful)?
  4. Is it in a good condition?
  5. Does it make me happy or feel some sort of guilt?

At this point, ask yourself if you want to wear it again or; if you’re not going to wear it again, will it make you smile every time you open your cupboard and see it, as you just love it. If the answer is yes, put it on the keep pile; if no, then put it in the charity bag.

Say goodbye to guilt items

  1. Someone has given you a piece of clothing that you don’t like
  2. You’ve bought something expensive that you probably shouldn’t have done
  3. You’re pretending to yourself that you might wear an item one day when you never have to date.
  4. Put these in the charity bag as quickly as possible, congratulate yourself that the charity is going to benefit from it and stop anymore feelings of guilt!

Fold the clothes you’re keeping, put them away and take the bags of clothes that you’re not taking straight to the charity shop.

After you’ve done tops/jumpers, do trousers/skirts, dresses/jackets/coats, underwear and then shoes.

Be honest with yourself, this is the time to get rid of anything that doesn’t make you smile.


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