Are you overwhelmed by all the stuff in your wardrobe? If you are a fast-fashion shopaholic or a bit of a hoarder, every wardrobe needs a re-edit every now and again. We have the perfect tips for helping to control the clutter and create a more streamlined and fashion-forward wardrobe.
Declutter your wardrobe and create a clothing collection that is altogether more fabulous by following a few simple rules: Take everything out of your wardrobe and put clothing into piles based around the below categories:
Things you’ve never worn, label intact!
Items that have not been worn for a year
Things you hope to wear again some day
Clothes that are uncomfortable
Items that are ill-fitting
Charity shop donations
When decluttering your wardrobe, be realistic about an item if it no longer fits. If it’s new, why not sell it on eBay? Ot, it may be better off finding a new home via a charity shop. Beware about getting rid of vintage items, like your Aunt’s 60s shift dress that you only wear once a year, as you may regret it later.
Clean your wardrobe, wiping down all surfaces with a damp cloth and sorting hangers into a good order and chucking out any broken or cheap wire ones. Give the wardrobe a good vacuum to rid it of any lurking fluff.
Store out-of-season clothes in vacuum bags to keep them immune from moths or dust, minimise creasing and to limit the storage space needed.
Put items you have chosen to keep back in the wardrobe, placing the items that are most frequently worn at the front. Make sure the hangers are facing the same way so your can grab things quickly. Create a shoe rack in your wardrobe to store footwear for the last phase of decluttering your wardrobe.
Take everything out. Yes, everything. Pile your clothes on the bed in one big heap, ready for sorting. Wipe down the wardrobe shelves with a damp cloth, dust the hanging rail and vacuum up any fluff lurking inside.
Keep two black bin liners to hand one for charity shop donations and one for the textile-recycling bank. Separate anything that needs altering or dry-cleaning as you go and bag up ready for the tailor or dry cleaner.
Got four identical cardies? Hoarding clothes that no longer fit? Hiding garments youve never worn? For each item, ask yourself:
Do I love it?
Do I wear it?
Do I need it?
If your answer to any of these three questions is no, its time to chuck it.
Store out-of-season clothing under your bed in vacuum bags. Giving what’s left more space will minimise creasing and you’ll be able to see it more easily. Invest in a few zip-up garment bags to protect rarely worn items from dust and moths.
Put everything back in the wardrobe, sorting garments by colour and putting the most frequently worn items at the front. Make sure the hangers are all facing the same way, with the hook pointing away from you, so you can quickly grab what you need.