Simple ways to declutter your clothes
How to start to declutter your clothes
So time the time has come to declutter your clothes. It can feel rather scary the first time you do it but I promise you, it is well worth doing and you will feel better after it is done.
If you are like most people, you have too many clothes in your wardrobe. Start by taking everything out of your wardrobe and laying out on the floor or bed. You now need to sort it all out.
Firstly, sort out a “Lose It Now” pile.
This is what you are going to donate, sell or throw out. Whatever.
You have to be ruthless here and lose that emotional attachment to your items. Do not hang on to those ‘Hope’ clothes. These are the ones that you hope you will fit into again one day. All they do is make you feel disappointed in yourself every time you see them so get rid.
This pile will include anything you have not worn in the last 12 months. What are you really saving it for? Get rid.
Next, sort out a “Needs repairing” pile
If you have clothing that you MUST keep, but just hasn’t been repaired, or needs to be hemmed, button sewn on etc, then put it into this pile.
Take this pile and get it repaired immediately. Just do it. All at once. If you have not repaired these items (or taken them somewhere to be repaired) within 24 hours, they are going to have to go. So how much do you really want them? Go on – just do it and get it over and done with.
Ok. So now we need to go back to that Lose It Now pile and sort into 4 categories
1. SELL: Any item that you would purchase for yourself and things you KNOW other people would buy
So.. anything with a brand name or looks almost new are pretty good bets to sell.
2. DONATE: Anything that is WEARABLE that didn’t make it in the Sell pile
Please be reasonable. If people cannot wear it, don’t donate it. Do not donate anything with holes, rips, tears, stains.
3. RE-PURPOSE: Anything that is NOT wearable
If you can tear up that ugly t-shirt to use as a rag, or to wear it while painting or decorating, then by all means keep it.
Everyone should keep ONE set of ugly clothes in my opinion. You never know when they’ll come in handy when you have to do dirty things and don’t want to ruin your lovely white, stain-free t-shirt.
4. THROW OUT: Anything that is not able to be re-purposed or worn again
So now you have your piles to get rid of in one way or the other. Get rid of the Throw out pile immediately. Just put it all into bin bags and throw it out. Now!
Gather up the Donate pile and take to the charity shop TODAY. Do not let it sit in the house where I bet you will be tempted to dip back into it and have a look to see if you want to change your mind.
The Sell pile. If you are going to sell on eBay take each item one at a time and take a photo. Fold neatly and put into a pile ready for posting. You then need to go list them on eBay. Don’t sit and think about it. Again, just do it. Let’s really get on and get this done.
If you are not going to sell them this way, make arrangements to sell in whatever way you choose. If a car boot sale, fold and box the clothes and go put in the boot of your car ready for tomorrow morning. Yes. Tomorrow. How many weeks or months have you already been putting this off?
If you are going to have a clothes swap night with friends, fold and box the clothes in readiness and go invite your friends. Send the invite NOW.
So now you should just have the clothes you want to keep. Sort through and check if anything needs cleaning. If it does, get it done today. Everything else needs putting back in your wardrobe neatly. As you have done such a wonderful job go treat yourself to some lovely new hangers.
And that’s how it’s done.
You will feel an absolute runner’s high from getting it clean and organized, trust me!
Author: Angie Taffs