How Do You Get Started Decluttering Your Wardrobe?

So you want to learn how to declutter clothes the easy way? You have come to the right place. The first thing you want to do is plan carefully. Set out a time and day to declutter your clothes and go from there. If you have too many, consider decluttering by garment type over some time. For example, start with jackets then move on to jeans, trousers, skirts and so on and so forth. Make sure you gather all of your clothes in one place. That includes from the car, shed, outhouse, loft or basement. Wherever they are stored, you can only truly learn how to declutter your clothes by seeing all of it altogether. You may well have similar things stored in different places, so getting it all out is essential.

Once you have decided where to start, you can begin planning a capsule wardrobe. If you are not sure of your body shape and colouring, getting a body shape guide done alongside a colour analysis is helpful. By doing so, you will know what to look for and what to avoid before you purchase anything and add anything else back in. From your colour analysis, choose no more than eight colours. This will usually be around four or five canvas (neutral) shades and three or four paint colours (usually brighter in hue). The colours you choose will help you focus on what works in your wardrobe and what does not. It will also be easier to mix and match to create outfits.

Before You Declutter Your Clothes

Before you start to declutter your clothes, you need to ask yourself a series of questions. Write the answers down because it will help you focus on your plan. Download and fill out my FREE guide as you go along it will really help you focus. 

  • What items do you like in your current wardrobe and why? 
  • What do you wear to work?
  • What do you need for hobbies or leisure activities?
  • Where do you tend to go on holiday? Is that regular? What do you need for that? 
  • Do you need clothes to be with the kids?
  •  Are there any special events you attend each year?
  • What is the environment like where you live, and how do you need your clothes to protect you?
  • Are there seasons?
  • If you have seasons, do you want one capsule for the whole year, two for autumn/winter and spring/summer or four for all four seasons?
  • What style do you admire? 
  • What’s your authentic style?
  • Is there something in between the two, and does it meet your practical needs?
  • How long does it take you to get ready? 
  • How do your clothes make you feel? 
  • How do you want to feel?
  • What types of clothes do you need? Exercise, work, formal, etc pr a variety of different styles? 
  • What clothes make you feel good and why?
  • What clothes feel comfortable and why?
  • What do you buy and never wear and why?
  • What do you wear over and over again and why?
  • Are there fabrics that you find uncomfortable?
  • Do you prefer ethical brands?
  • Do you have a strict budget?
  • How often do you go through a wash cycle, so how many options of each style do you need?

When you answer all of these, you will start to look at your wardrobe differently from how you do at present. Build your capsule wardrobe around your personal requirements so that your wardrobe works for you. 

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Ask These Questions As You Declutter

Once you know how to declutter your clothes,  have looked at colour and style and thought about your lifestyle requirements, you can go through everything and ask these questions as you declutter;

  • Is it damaged?
  • Is it so worn it needs replacing?
  • Does it still fit my lifestyle?
  • Does it still fit well?
  • Does it feel comfortable?
  • When I wear it, do I have to continually adjust it? 
  • Is the material pleasant to wear? 
  • Does it make me feel good when I wear it?
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Intentional Shopping

Now you know how to declutter clothes, do not fill your wardrobe up again with impulse buys! Every time you feel that pang or feeling low, missing out, excitement or any other feeling that leads to impulse buys ask yourself the following questions;

  • Is it excellent quality? If you buy a cheaper alternative, will you replace it more regularly, so spend more in the long run?
  • Will the purchase leave you in debt? How much will that debt cost you? 
  • Do you need it and love it, or do you just aspire to have something like that?
  • Have you been caught up in a marketing ploy?
  • Do you have something similar at home?
  • Does it fit with your lifestyle and will you wear it regularly?
  • Does it fit with your colours and styles?
  • If it is a three for two deal or similar, will you use the extra garment or is it a waste of your money? 

Repeat after me; A bargain is only a bargain if you use it otherwise it is a waste of your money!

I hope you found this post helpful, let me know how you get on. If you need more help building a capsule wardrobe you can book a FREE consultation with me.

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What Next?

The information given in the post is the best of my knowledge at the time of writing. If you are embarking on anything new get professional advice if required.

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