Yesterday I spent the afternoon de-cluttering my wardrobe and sorting out my shoes. We are having a new bed delivered shortly. Our current bed has a lot of storage space under it where we keep shoes and other bits and pieces, but as our new bed is a divan; we will be losing a lot of this storage. My husband had already removed and found new storage for his stuff, so I thought it was time for me to have a go. I ended up with four bags of items to donate to charity shops and a large bag of rubbish. I normally have a seasonal de-clutter of my wardrobe, spring and autumn anyway, so here are my top tips for de-cluttering your wardrobe and reclaiming the most important space in your home (if you are a clothes and shoe enthusiast like me!)
1. Look through all your shoes and clothes to help you decide what you want to keep, what you want to donate, and what you want to throw away. These are good questions to ask yourself:
- Do I love it?
- Do I wear it; I find the 12 month rule is pretty good- if I haven’t worn it for 12 months, am I ever going to wear it again?
- Does it project the image I want? And yes, I have had a lot of “what was I thinking?” moments! In the case of shoes it is worth considering if they actually work with the clothes you have
- Does it itch or scratch? Do shoes hurt my feet or are they hard to walk in?
2. Separate clothes as you go along into donate, throw out (if they are too worn out to re-use) or repair/dry clean. Have lots of bags ready for this task and then you can put them straight in the car to take to their new homes.
3. Give the wardrobe and drawers a good dust and vacuum out; it’s amazing how dusty they get! I love this bit; it’s so nice to put your clothes back into a nice fresh space.
4. I like to arrange my clothes into types, such as dresses, tops, trousers, skirts, knitwear, jackets so that I can pick items out easily to make up an outfit. Some people like to colour code by arranging clothes in specific colour groups, or you may want to arrange in most worn order, this is particularly helpful for your day to day work clothes so that they are easily accessible each morning.
Well that’s my guide to wardrobe spring (and autumn) cleaning. Here a few other tips to get you thinking:
- Have a large re-usable shopping or laundry bag in the bottom of the wardrobe where you can place unwanted items, that way you can de-clutter as you go along, making it a less arduous task
- Have the mirror on the outside of the wardrobe door, then you can use the inside of the door to hang bags, scarves etc. on hooks. Or use an over door shoe hanger
- Use custom hangers for belts, ties and trousers to better use hanging space
- Have your gym clothes in their own storage bin or box so they are easy to get to and give you less of an excuse not to go!
- Store shoes in their original boxes, they are easy to stack and this will keep pairs together.
And finally, one web-site I saw recommended a having a clothes inventory so you can keep a check on all your clothes and shoes, but even I thought this was a bit over the top!!