Your wardrobe should represent who you are. When you walk into your closet and see all your clothes and accessories, you want to feel excited about getting dressed for the day.
I have organized quite a few wardrobes, so if don’t love your clothes I can tell you exactly how to solve that problem: declutter. You are probably shuffling clothes, shoes and accessories around instead of getting to the root of the issue – too much stuff.
Stuff shuffling will never get you organized. Decluttering will get you organized!
Wardrobes can quickly become overwhelming
Our closets and dresser drawers are full of items we never wear because we don’t love them or they don’t fit. It’s crazy how emotionally attached we can become to our clothing. Wardrobes become a part of our identity and express how we feel on certain days. However, I can assure you that parting with some of your out-of-control clothing stash will make you feel lighter.
Ditch everything that doesn’t fit
I used to judge myself for not fitting into old clothes. I would hang onto certain items for the illusive “someday” when I lose a few pounds and can squeeze back into that uncomfortable dress. I don’t have room in my life for that kind of toxic clutter. When physical clutter causes mental clutter, deal with it: get rid of it immediately!
Release anything your haven’t worn it in the past 12 months
If it hasn’t been worn in a year or more, you can safely bet you are not going to wear it anytime soon. It’s just taking up valuable wardrobe real estate. Get rid of it to make room for some other fabulous outfit you’ll actually wear.
It’s okay to out-grow a style or season of life. In fact, it’s a good thing. If you know you are never going to have more children, donate the maternity clothes. I know they are comfy, but get rid of them and make room for clothes that represent who you are now.
Let your wardrobe breathe
This might sound silly, but give your wardrobe some space to breathe! Cramming clothes tightly together in a closet or jamming them into drawers isn’t ideal. Your clothes will look more appealing when you can easily shift them around and actually see what you have.
Having fewer clothes not only takes away the overwhelm, it also makes you love your clothes more. You’ll be able to find the perfect outfit and you’ll know it fits.
Shop your closet first!
Try not to over-shop and buy clothes you don’t need. Take a look inside your closet and try pairing different items together to come up with new outfits. You can use the same basic black dress for half-a-dozen different looks by adding different layers and accessories.
When you buy something new try following the one-in/one-out rule. Get rid of something else you aren’t wearing. Remember: the more clothes you bring into your home the more laundry you are going to have to wash-dry-fold-put away.
- Go through your dresser drawers and purge anything that no longer represents the person you are (doesn’t fit, uncomfortable, out of style, poor quality, etc).
- Do the same in your closet.
- Upgrade: Instead of having tons of clothes, have less really nice clothes.
- When you get a chance, take a look at the rest of the family’s wardrobe and help them downsize as well.
- Make decluttering your wardrobe a seasonal routine