If you’re anything like me, you’ll have an over stuffed wardrobe full of clothes you haven’t worn in years… but you never have anything to wear right?
I recently went on a wardrobe rampage and cleared out bags and bags of clothes to sell, donate and hand down. I usually do this about once a year and if I’m honest, I never really miss anything I give away. When I lived with my mum it was easy to close the wardrobe doors and forget the mess, but Myles and I have open wardrobes. They’re completely doorless and completely on show to annoy the heck out of me.
If your wardrobe needs an intense sort out or you need to minimise the amount of clothes you own, then read on for my decluttering tips!
💕Get Rid of Duplicates
I grew up thinking that if a shirt fit or looked fab – you had to buy it in at least five different colours.
Honesty, I have done this with so many shirts, but if you lay them all out, you’ll quickly see that really you hardly wear any of them apart from the one you started off with.
There’s an infinite amount of outfit possibilities, let’s not just limit ourselves to the same style blouse six days a week.
💕 Chuck The Outfit You Once Really Loved, But Is Now Abandoned In The Back Of Your Draws
I swear that every couple months I go through some sort of style crisis and start to hate the outfit I once lived in.
The cute dress and jacket combo I once wore three times a week and prized above all, is now srcewed up at the back gathering dust. We all go through style changes, but when it’s clear you’re no longer interested, it’s time to clear it out.
Certain pieces can still be pretty versatile and maybe you just need to style it in a new way – something pinterest is fab for. But if you’ve tried it again in different outfits and still don’t find yourself wearing it… get rid.
💕If It’s To Big Or Too Small – Get Rid Of It
I am so bad at this, I hold out for the day when I can squeeze back into my expensive jeans I brought as a skinny teen with no butt to worry about.
It’s obvious they’re never going to fit anymore, but just looking at how small they are can give some sort of motivation to lose weight, right?
Wrong. It’s clogging up space and you’re a damn woman now, in a glorious grown-up woman body, time to let them go.
Same goes for the dress you bought two sizes too big because you adored the pattern. I know it can be difficult to let go of pieces you may love or spent a lot of money on, but it’s important to be realistic and keep in mind the “quality not quantity” type of wardrobe you want.
Look at each piece of clothing and ask yourself: Is it really worth keeping? Have you worn it in the last year?
If your answer is no – get rid.
💕 Bye Bye Bad Bras
Get rid of your old bras. I’m not talking about your sexy lil lace bra that gets pulled out on special occasions. I’m talking about those stretched out, misshapen t-shirt bras you bought four years ago that are barely holding together.
I’m not sure why I used to think it was ok to hold on to bras from 2002, but I feel like I was trained to never let them go. Decent boob-holders can be pretty expensive, but sometimes you just gotta learn to say bye bye.
I’ve now developed the habit of throwing out tatty or beyond help bras at least once a year. Then that way you can treat yourself to a couple of new bras every now and again and a get fitted properly.
💕 Anything You Haven’t Worn In Over A Year
I understand this is a hard rule. But once a year have a clear out, if you haven’t worn it a year ago to the date. Bin, donate or sell it.
I’ve got no end of clothes that I brought because they were a bargain or because I had to have it because everyone had it. Most of these still actually have the tag on them.
Face it, you’re probably not going to wear it. If you’re still struggling with what to keep, like above, just look at each item of clothing and ask yourself: when will I actually wear this?
If you can’t answer your question with a legit answer – it’s gotta go.
Follow these little tips when clearing out your wardrobe, and I promise you’ll be surprised by how much new space you have! Plus, you only cleared out things you didn’t even wear… and it’s a great excuse to go clothes shopping with all that extra room!
Love Charlie x