If you’re anything like me, I LOVE to get rid of my old clothes in my wardrobe. I don’t hold much attachment to my clothes and find it so satisfying to give my wardrobe a revamp before the start of a new season. However most people don’t share the same enthusiasm about culling their wardrobe as me, so if this is you, I’m going to give you some tips that will hopefully make the process easier and guilt free!
When I throw out my clothes I like to remember the following things…
Avoid that overwhelming feeling
If you have a lot of clothes and haven’t done a wardrobe cull in a while it may seem overwhelming and you might not know where to start. Don’t stress! Remember this doesn’t have to be done within a strict time period, take your time and enjoy the process. I usually start at one area of my room like my chest of drawers and take it one drawer at a time.
Create separate clothing piles
When I want to go through my clothes I always make two piles: clothes that I want to keep and clothes that I want to give to charity or throw away. I then put the clothes that I want to keep back to their original place and leave the other clothes in the ‘throw away’ pile outside my bedroom (usually on the floor, much to my parents’ dismay). Putting the clothes that I’m keeping back straight away will minimise the mess and the confusion!
Try clothes on as you go
I can put money on you saying the following phrase whilst clearing through your wardrobe: “I completely forgot I owned this!” Sometimes it’s because we have far too many clothes and the poor neglected shirt that we used to wear non-stop circa 2006 has naturally made it’s way to the back of the clothing pile. Other times it might be because it’s just downright fugly (yeah that’s right, fugly). Try the clothes on that you’re not sure about and if it no longer fits the bill well… you know what to do!
Try to minimise the amount of sentimental value that you place on objects.
I know this may be easier said than done so let me break it down for you. Keeping your wedding dress – perfectly fine and understandable. Keeping that top that you wore on your third date with Bob that you met at the kebab shop aka the one that got away, not ok and definitely not understandable! Remember, at the end of the day, your clothing items are nothing more than fabric and your memories won’t be erased if you throw them out. Allow yourself two or three items of clothing for their sentimental value but get rid of the rest.
If you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s unlikely you’ll wear it again.
Let’s be real, if you don’t like the item enough to wear it once in 365 days, you don’t like it enough!
Reel a friend or family member in.
Make like Carrie from Sex And The City and rope some friends in to give their opinions on what you should keep or throw away. Choose someone who is honest and won’t encourage you to keep everything!
Do you have any tips for clearing out your wardrobe? Please leave them in the comments below!