How to declutter your wardrobe

The fifth month on The Organised Life Project is all about our clothes. You might really enjoy this month or your might be dreading it. That’s fine. Like every month, we’re going to take it step by step, starting off with a mission to declutter your wardrobe.

You could either do it all in one go or split it up to do a little bit each day. Personally, I find it hard to carve out a few hours to do something like this all in one go, so I do it in 15-20 minutes each day.

Three Steps to Declutter your Wardrobe

Whichever way, the method to follow is exactly the same: take everything in that category out of your wardrobe and lay it out on the bed. Deal with each item separately, asking yourself the following questions:

Is it in good condition?
Do I wear it?
Do I feel good in it?

If it needs cleaning or mending, don’t put it back in the wardrobe. Instead, put it by the front door, or in the laundry basket or somewhere you won’t miss it.

If you don’t wear it, or don’t feel good in it, don’t put it back in your wardrobe. Pass it on to a charity shop or bin it. Life’s too short to wear things we don’t like.

If you DO wear it, but don’t like it, make a note of it. You need to replace it or find something similar that you do like – which we’ll work through in the next few weeks.

A Plan to Declutter your Wardrobe in a Week

Monday: Shoes. Make sure they are all clean, in good shape and work with your clothes. Remember you need some party shoes!

Tuesday: Go through your underwear drawers. Get rid of anything you no longer wear or that you no longer like. That includes the nursing bras that you stopped wearing a year ago! Remember to do tights and pyjamas as well.

Wednesday: If you work, go through your work clothes today. If you don’t have a work wardrobe, focus on your tops. Remember to only keep what you like and wear.

Thursday: If you did your work clothes yesterday, do your casual clothes today. If you did your tops yesterday, do your trousers and skirts today.

Friday: Time for the final clothing items: dresses and sports wear.

Saturday: Declutter your bags and accessories today. Go through your coats (check the pockets first) and any hats, scarves, gloves etc.

Sunday: Go through your make-up and jewellery today. Get rid of any make up that has expired – this post will give you a few guidelines.

I really hope this process leaves you feeling refreshed and inspired rather than like you have nothing to wear. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to put together a focused plan to create a capsule wardrobe that really works together, so stay tuned. Next, we’re going to define your style.

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