When you open your wardrobe, what do you see? Do you see a tonne of mess, with items you haven’t used in years crammed into every corner, nook, and cranny? It may not be as drastic as that, but having a cluttered wardrobe will hardly do anything for your peace of mind, not to mention your time as you sift through all those items every morning looking for something to wear. So, if you have been meaning to declutter your wardrobe but haven’t gotten around to doing it for one reason or another, it’s time to stop procrastinating and get on with it. But this is easier said than done, isn’t it, when you have so much stuff and don’t even know where to begin! But do you want to efficiently declutter your wardrobe? Here’s what you need to do.
Have the proper mindset
Going into a decluttering project can seem daunting, but you can do it – and it’s best to start with the proper mindset.
Before you start, set aside a specific day. You may need a few days to tackle the job, so organise your schedule. Before the day, rest well. If you want to get inspired, check out posts and blogs to see what other people have done, and you can listen to a podcast or two or watch a video as well. Then, on the day itself, turn on the music (or settle for quiet depending on what you prefer), and make sure you have water and snacks on hand so you don’t lose your momentum if you get hungry or thirsty.
Here’s another thing to keep you motivated: reward yourself once you’re done, as recommended by fitted wardrobes Leeds experts like My Fitted Bedroom! You could go for a spa day, watch a film, dine out – whatever strikes your fancy. You can remain motivated and inspired with a good reward whilst you tackle the job.
Decide on a specific limit
It also pays to decide on a set limit from the beginning. For instance, decide on the number of clothes hangers you will keep. If you decide to have only 50, you get to keep only 50 clothing items on those hangers.
You can also decide on a specific limit for each clothing category. For example, if you have 50 t-shirts, perhaps you’d like to narrow it down to 20 that you love. The same goes for everything else – trousers, pyjamas, workout clothes, shoes, and so on.
Assess what you haven’t been wearing
Here comes the more challenging part: assessing what you haven’t been wearing – and deciding what to do with it. This may take some time, but it’s worth it. For instance, you can turn around the hangers of clothes you wear, making sure they face the other way from the rest. After a certain period, you will have a better idea of the items you wear regularly (and not at all).
Prepare a “perhaps” box
One excellent decluttering method you can use is to prepare a “perhaps” box. Pick and pack any clothing items you aren’t sure what to do with, and put them in your “perhaps” box. Seal the box and then set it aside where you can’t see it. Then, in three months, check it again – and if you haven’t even thought of the items in that box during that time, it’s the sign you need to do away with it.