You’ve had enough with the mess that you call a closet, you’re ready to tackle the job of decluttering your closet. There are many ways people work to get rid of stuff in their closet to live a more organized and simple life, but today I’m going to share my best tips on how to declutter your closet and introduce you to the concept of a capsule wardrobe.
How to Declutter Your Closet
I am choosing a more minimalist lifestyle so that I can travel more and experience more things. The downsizing process is a tough thing to do but so rewarding. The first area I am tackling is my closet. I am a plus-size gal and because of that my closet has a range of sizes, I don’t think that is just a trait of being plus-size as all women go back and forth in sizes.
Take Everything Out of Your Closet
The first step to decluttering your closet is to take everything out of the closet. Pull it all out, yes every single item in your closet. It’s time to find out what you’ve stockpiled in that space over the years. Once you have taken everything out of the closet, look at the space you’re left with. This closet is going to look amazing when you’re done using my tips for decluttering your closet!
If you are doing this process slowly like I am, put all the things you pulled out into boxes and label them. This will give you a good idea of what and how many of each item you own.
Go Through Everything
Now that you’ve taken the time to pull everything out of your closet on your mission to minimize and declutter your closet, go through everything. I usually have the following piles:
- Donate: I know right away that I do not want it.
- Trash: The item is no longer worthy of a donation pile because of wear, stains, rips, etc.
- Sell: Items that are a bit nicer that I either want to cosign or sell online or for a yard sale.
- Keep Now: These are clothes that I know I wear all the time and have a use.
- Keep Seasonal: Clothes I am keeping but might now be usable now because of the season.
- Need More Time: Downsizing is a process and there are items I know I want to eventually get rid of but need to make sure. For me, these include sentimental items like high school t-shirts and prom dresses. I will get into why and how I am getting rid of those in a future post.
Don’t forget to also donate of all those extra hangers.
Go Through Undergarments
We tend to stockpile undergarments because it’s easy to keep them as they take up less space than regular day to day clothing. Trash any undergarments that are frumpy, stretched out, or quite simply aren’t anything you’re going to wear anymore. Use this same practice for lingerie and all those pajama pants you’ve collected through the years. Get yourself down to 7 pairs of undergarments and pajamas.
Don’t Ask About Looks
Lastly, when you’re going through your final pile of clothing, remember to ask yourself how the clothing makes you feel versus how it makes you look. We are very critical of how we look, but we can easily recall how an outfit makes us feel when we put it on. Part of the minimalist lifestyle is keeping the items that serve a purpose and bring joy. I have several pieces of clothing that bring me joy. I am not parting with those and since I am in the process of reducing my wardrobe I am wearing those items more often.
Only keep clothing that fits you now, in this current stage of life, and makes you feel great. I may love a great pair of jeans but they are doing me no good if they 2 sizes too small. If I do end up two sizes smaller than I can reward myself by ditching the bigger pants and buying a new pair of pants that fit me like a glove.
Put Everything Back
Now that you’ve downsized your wardrobe and are ready to put everything back into the closet in an organized fashion, you may want to take into consideration the concept of a capsule wardrobe. Below I’m sharing a little information about decluttering your closet using the capsule wardrobe concept. This concept is perfect for anyone looking to live a more minimalist type lifestyle.
I will be sharing a closet tour of how I have my closet organized in a few weeks.
Brief Introduction to Capsule Wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe is a mini wardrobe made up of fashionable items that you enjoy wearing and are versatile. A capsule wardrobe will usually have approximately 37 pieces of clothing in it. You’ll basically get your wardrobe down to 37 pieces of clothing for the current season. You’ll wear only those 37 pieces of clothing for three months. When a new season arrives, you’ll do the same thing for that specific season. This helps reduce overstock in clothing and allows you to look fashionable all year round while having more time for other areas in life.
Whether you use my full list of tips for decluttering your closet or start using the capsule wardrobe concept to have a minimalist wardrobe to choose from, implementing these tips will surely help you to have more time in other areas in life and stop worrying about what you’ll wear every day.
Most Important Decluttering Your Closet Tip
You do not have to do this one big leap and the rewards are amazing. Take baby steps if you need to. I am. I have also had days where 6 garbage bags full of clothes went to the thrift store. The clear, clean space has created a peaceful room and is leading to a more peaceful life.