We are working our way through our homes in this block of 52 weeks to simplify your life. So far we have conducted a home audit and decluttered our “stuff”. This week we are going to tackle all the clothes and accessories in our homes – yours, mine and theirs. Start with yours and then make plans to tackle the wardrobes of any children you may have at home and your other half if you have one and they are willing and invested in this process.
I already wrote a very thorough post (Get rid of your old undies once and for all) last November so will only recap it here – please go and read it in full. I assure you if you follow the steps and are honest you will cull your clothes.
5 steps to declutter your wardrobe
1. Sort “like with like” so that you can clearly see what you own (if you don’t currently maintain a sorted wardrobe / drawers).
2. Get rid of items that belong in the trash – if you would be embarrassed to pass it on to a close friend, or a charity shop would reject it, let-it-go.
3. Assess what you have left to see what you have too much of or need to replenish thanks to a good purge (ie if you finally got rid of your bras that were horrible you will probably need to go bra shopping now).
4. Ask yourself hard questions (listed in that post above) about what remains to see if it really deserves space in your closet or drawers.
5. Fill in the gaps to intentionally create your new wardrobe that you will use and love.
Challenge this week: Go through the above process with your clothing and accessories so that the wardrobe you are left with is one that serves you well. Getting dressed will be easier as you know what you have and know that it fits, makes you feel good and matches your needs. Make a list of items you need to replace or look out for so that when you do shop you are bringing home things you need and want rather than more of what you just let go of.
Bonus challenge: Do the same for your children and bring your spouse / other half on board if they are willing. You cannot do this for your spouse (unless they give you carte blanche), but can lead by example and involve them in the process.
Is this process easy or hard for you? Do you regularly purge your wardrobe or do you tend to keep things forever?
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photo credit: Tidy wardrobe by flickr user Magnus d