How can you understand that it’s time to declutter your wardrobe? First of all, it can be full of clothes you no longer wear, second, you can’t find what you need for a long time, third, there are too many items and your clothes get wrinkled. Let’s whip your wardrobe back in shape!
Ask Yourself Some Questions
Do you love it? Do you wear it? Does it project the image you want? Does it itch or scratch? Does it pinch your toes? Are the heels too high to walk in? Is it moldy? Smelly? Stained? Does it still fit? Even if you love it, do you want to wear it in front of other people? Be a brutal critic. If necessary, enlist a friend to tell you if something is wrong for you. Closet space is limited, so don’t waste your prime real estate on something you’re not crazy about. Even if clothes have sentimental value or you think you can wear them some day – who knows when that someday will be? If an item is too special to let go, like a wedding dress, find a place to store it other than your closet (display it in a special box, for example).
Also get rid of anything which is difficult to wear, for example because it needs to be ironed every five minutes or requires a particular type of underwear you don’t even own. Finally, look at what you have multiples of and narrow this down – for example, if you have six ‘useful’ white T-shirts, get rid of any that are greying or scruffy.
Store Occasionwear Separately
Make sure that the clothes you are wearing most can be easily reached and found and is hanging in the most comfrotable spot. As with holiday clothes, special occasion attire can be stored away from your everyday wardrobe – after all, a ballgown takes up a significant amount of room, and probably only gets worn once a year at most! Pack special occasion items away carefully using acid-free tissue paper to keep them in perfect condition. Make sure the box is clearly labelled so you know exactly what’s in there, before stowing away on a high up shelf or above a wardrobe.
Evaluate Your Clothes Seasonally
Take everything out of the closet. Then, wipe down the shelving, dust, and vacuum. Do a quick purge of anything you’re going to donate and items that need altering or dry cleaning. Put everything back in the closet hanging and sorting by color with most-worn items in front. Take alterations and cleaning to the tailor and dry cleaner; bring donations to the resale shop or your charity of choice. Do a thorough closet sweep once a season, or monthly if you live in an apartment with limited closet space.
Maximize Storage Space
Are you taking advantage of your closet’s nooks and crannies? You can fit more by maximizing the storage space available by purchasing the best closet storage products. Utilize the closet door by installing hooks and hanging your most-worn jewelry and scarves at eye-level. Consider adding inexpensive shelving if your closet doesn’t already have it or use hanging drawers and shoe organizers to make the most of your space.
Know Where You’ll Donate Clothes
It’s easier to declutter your closet if you know where you’ll be donating your clothing ahead of time. This way, once you are done decluttering and purging your wardrobe, you can quickly whisk the items off to a deserving recipient making the process much easier. Make a donation bin, bag, or basket right in your closet. This allows you to declutter your closet and toss items you no longer want whenever you happen upon them and reduces time you might need to check your closet each month.