“A wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear” is a familiar statement at any point in your life. Yet, this Aladdin’s cave can feel overwhelming and you know that the only way to get to the bottom of it is to declutter…
In other words, it’s time to make things visible!
But where do you begin? Well, here’s a few tips to get you started…
Getting started can be the hardest part. So you might find that choosing someone to help you could make all the difference, as they won’t have any emotional attachment or history to your clothes. Plus, they could help to make the decluttering process go a whole lot quicker and make it easier for you too!
Be brave…get EVERYTHING out!
The next step requires a bit of bravery on your part. So take a deep breath and get every single thing out of your wardrobe. Then, pile everything onto your bed, on the floor or in another room. You might be in in shock when you see what’s been buried at the back of your wardrobe! Though don’t let this put you off. I encourage you to keep going until the wardrobe is completely empty.
Clothes to make you feel great
You may well be surprised at how many forgotten clothes you find; some clothes no longer fit, or are well-loved and worn, or they are no longer appropriate for your current lifestyle.
Additionally, do inspect the repeat items of basics and narrow it down to best quality and best loved. Furthermore, get rid of items you haven’t worn for a year, as often these items can be difficult to wear and can feel ill-fitting.
In brief, what is important is that you feel great in the clothes that you wear. So be fearless and keep only the clothes you need and those that you really truly love.
Being organised may be a challenge initially but in the long run, it means less stress. Personally, I find wardrobe organisers really useful. It also helps to use one type of hanger, for example chunky wooden hangers or soft grip nonslip hangers. Do avoid the metal hangers, as they tend to misshape your clothing.
Take care of your clothing
As you are sorting through your ‘Aladdin’s cave’ you may discover clothes that are for best or for special occasions. Or even sentimental clothes – for example, your wedding dress or suit, or your Nan’s favourite coat.
In this case, I recommend storing your occasion-wear and hang long dresses separately. Furthermore, you can also keep your treasured clothes in perfect condition, by wrapping them in tissue paper. As well as keeping the ornate accessories intact in a well labelled container. By the same token, look after your beach clothing and accessories and create a holiday box to store them in.
In short, it can be a joy to give your clothes a new life therefore be happy to give away, repurpose or upcycle. Ultimately, keeping the clothes you love will make you feel great too!