It’s amazing how much clutter we amass over time. The wardrobe is filled to the brim and bursting at the seams, but when it’s time to get dressed for work, there is nothing to wear. If that scenario is familiar, you are not alone.
I recently had to move rooms within my house (long story!) I was moving into a smaller room. This meant I needed to do some serious downsizing. It was as good a chance to re-assess my wardrobe and do away with all the clutter. It was no mean feat.
Step 1: Not my size anymore, out!
If like me, you:
i) Hold on to certain items because you love the colour, texture, or cut
ii) You know that these items are a size or two smaller
Let’s hold hands, take a deep breath, and let go.
We keep hoping for that miraculous day when we can finally shrink into the desired piece. That day has never come for me, so I have decided to let these beautiful pieces go. If you can’t walk in those trousers without feeling like they are about to rip and expose those lovely cheeks, and i’m not talking about your face – it’s too small. If you can’t lift your arms above your head and touch your earlobe – chances are that the top is also a size too small. Forget what the numbers say on the label – sometimes it’s an innocent scam. To look your best, your outfit needs to fit properly.
Step 2: I’ve not worn it in the past year (or full seasons), out!
I call these items “bench warmers”. They sit in your closet and occupy space for decades, but when you’re selecting outfits for the day, they never appeal to you. It’s time to let them go. Create space for items you will actually wear.
Step 3: If I were shopping now, will I really buy this piece? No, out!
I found this tip somewhere on Instagram, and it’s taken my decluterring super powers to a whole new level. I easily decide whether to keep an item or let it go now by answering that simple question. This works for both men and women. Hanging on to clothing because of their sentimental value is expensive (except the wedding gown of course). It costs space, and lack of space costs mental energy. The brain needs to breathe. I don’t know about you, but I cannot read or write in a cluttered space.
I know we are busy professionals, and it’s difficult to have a block of time set apart to declutter the closet. Thankfully, this method can be done in bits per weekend, so no need to stress. The best thing to do is have a bag, perhaps a laundry basket, somewhere in the room. As you prepare for campus each day, select items from your closet and decide if they are a keeper or an outsider. By the end of the month, you should be clutter-free.
How do you manage to declutter your wardrobe? Share in comments.