Motivation To Declutter Clothes
In this post I give you 20 tips on how to be ruthless when decluttering clothes. So do you look at your wardrobe and not even know where to start? Do you want a seamless capsule wardrobe, but struggle to even get started. You can find lots of information about building a capsule wardrobe for beginners. To declutter correctly, you need to make sure this wardrobe is for you and nobody else! If you try to copy someone else it will never feel right. Start off the right way and you can not go wrong.
1. Plan a day in advance to get started
Book a day out and start as early as possible. These things can often take longer than you expect them to so plan in advance.
2. A week or so before create a Pinterest board
Create a Pinterest board of colours you love and one for styles you love. Use this as inspiration for your wardrobe.
3. Get help from a professional Stylist
If you want to get the perfect wardrobe started from the beginning, get the help of a professional stylist who can give you a colour analysis, body shape style guide and help you edit your wardrobe. In my membership private clients make huge progress quickly.
4. Consider how your capsule wardrobe should serve you
What do you do on a weekly or monthly basis and what clothes do you need to accommodate all your activities? This is the important bit many people miss out. Make a list of the practical items you need before you start. Consider the weather, how often you can repeat wear (i.e. how often do you do a wash a week?) and fabric and colour.
5. Create space to ruthlessly declutter your clothes
Create a physical space to work in. This will likely be a long task so plan it out beforehand. You need enough space to place a ‘keep pile’, a ‘donate or sell pile’ and a ‘throw out’ pile.
Set Yourself A Limit To Be Ruthless When Decluttering Clothes
6. Based on your weekly or monthly practical needs consider a set limit for the numbers of clothes you will finish up with
I am not usually a fan of setting number limits on wardrobes, but as long as you consider all your practical needs it can work. Do not try and copy a number held by someone else, consider your own minimum and what your own needs are. Everyone has different needs and lifestyles and that has to be taken into account.
7. Get into the right mindset for decluttering closets
This might not appear to be important to you, but if you are not in the right mindset it will not go well. Think about the goal at the end and what you want from it. Put on your favourite music, make sure you have a drink nearby and take regular five minute breaks.
8. Create categories during your wardrobe edit
If you have a lot of clothes to get through, go by category. For example, jackets, coats and then shirts. Just make sure you have all of your clothes in one place from everywhere!
9. Set out to keep a number of clothes in each category
When you have considered your practical needs, decide on a limited number of clothes based on your needs for each item. For example, you might consider 2 pairs of jeans, two pairs of trousers, two skirts, a dress and five tops sufficient. Make sure these numbers are based on your needs. It should not be based on a number someone else is sticking to.
10. Put aside anything damaged
However much you love it, if you are not going to fix it, or get it fixed it needs to go.
Make The Most Of Your Closet Declutter
11. Duplicates are included in your ruthless decluttering
Go through your wardrobe and look for items that are similar. Consider if you need more than one and if so, how many do you need. Remove the rest based on quality, comfort and condition.
12. Remove anything that no longer fits
Unless you have just had a baby, have a medical condition, or you are actively seeing results towards your weight goal, those clothes need to go.
13. Remove any clothes that are uncomfortable to wear
I know it cost you a small fortune and it looks great, but if it is itchy, digs in or is uncomfortable to wear how often are you actually going to wear it? Put it aside.
14. When did you last wear it?
If it was over a year ago, unless it was for an annual event, it has to go.
15. It does not feel right
Sometimes it is hard to put your finger on why an item does not work. It could be that the skirt rides up when you walk, the material is a bit thin and makes you uncomfortable or it just doesn’t feel right anymore. Whatever the reason, that will not change so remove it.
Planning A Capsule Wardrobe
16. After your wardrobe edit
Once you have learnt how to be ruthless when decluttering your clothes, you will likely not look back. Keep an eye on what you wear the most.
17. Turn your hangers around
A way to track what you wear is to turn all of the hangers around and then once you wear them you turn them back. You will soon see what you wear most.
18. Intentionally wear everything you own
Making at point to wear everything you own will quickly weed out what works and what does not. If you need to replace something be specific about what you need to replace it with.
19. Maybe items
If there are some items you are still unsure of, put them away somewhere not easily accessible. If during this season you seek them out and wear them you need them, if you don’t, they go too.
20. Build a capsule wardrobe and shop intentionally
Your Minimal Capsule Wardrobe
So there you have it, my tips on how to be ruthless when decluttering clothes. What has worked for you? You can find lots of help on creating a capsule wardrobe, tips from a personal stylist and lots more in my blog. For a more personalised touch why not consider becoming a personal client? I have many private clients who say they have been trying for years to create a capsule wardrobe and only failed. I am happy to see they are all seeing results since joining my private membership. Let me know how you get on I would love to hear from you.