Decluttering your wardrobe can be a great way to create more space, reduce decision fatigue, and streamline your personal style. Here are some signs that it may be time to declutter your wardrobe:
Lack Of Space
If your closet is overflowing and you struggle to find items you want to wear, it’s a clear sign that you have too much stuff. Decluttering will help you regain control of your space.
Clothes You Haven't Worn In A year
If you haven't worn a particular item in your wardrobe within the past year, chances are you won't wear it in the future either. Letting go of these items can free up space and make it easier to find the things you truly love
Outdated Or Ill-Fitting Clothes
If you have clothes that no longer fit you properly or are outdated, it’s a good indication that it’s time to let them go. Keeping clothes that don’t make you feel confident can create unnecessary clutter.
Multiple Similar Items
If you have multiple of the same item, such as several black t-shirts or pairs of jeans, consider decluttering and keeping only the ones you love and wear regularly. Reducing duplicates can help simplify your choices.
Difficulty Finding What You Need
If you frequently struggle to find specific items in your wardrobe, it’s a sign that things are disorganised. Decluttering and organising your clothes can save you time and frustration in the long run.
While sentimental items hold emotional value, it’s important to assess if you’re keeping them for the right reasons. If you have clothes with sentimental attachments that you never wear, consider storing them separately or repurposing them in a way that honours their meaning.
If your lifestyle has changed significantly. Such as transitioning from a formal office job to working remotely, you may no longer need certain professional or formal attire. Decluttering can help align your wardrobe with your current lifestyle.
How To Approach Your Wardrobe Declutter
Make Things Visible
Before you get started, empty your wardrobe so you can see everything you own. Whilst this will look like you are making the situation worse as it will look like a mess, it is just temporary. Being able to organise everything and see things will mean you can see if there are duplicates, easily identify the items you don’t wear as they are scrunched up at the back of the wardrobe, and can significantly quicken the process.
Organise By Season
There will always be some items in your wardrobe that you don’t need on display all year round. They are just wasting space in your wardrobe. For example in spring and summer you don’t need your thickest coats and scarves so make sure they are taken out at the end of Winter and stored away. Keeping your seasonal clothes together will help make the seasonal swap a breeze.
Separate Occasion Wear
Similar to seasonal clothing you will inevitably have some outfits that are only for special occasions such as a wedding or formal ball. These items will only be worn once a year if that, so it doesn’t make sense to have them take up valuable wardrobe space. Pack special occasion items away carefully in a box using acid-free tissue paper to help keep them in great condition. You can then store these under the bed or on top of the wardrobe.
Remember, decluttering is a personal process, and you should only let go of items that you feel comfortable parting with. Consider donating or selling the items that are in good condition to give them a second life.