It’s that time of the year again. Ok, for me actually it’s when I feel the need, aka every month or so. 🙂 But it doesn’t really matter when or how many times, the point is to do and feel great about it. Not just afterwards, but every time you have to get dressed.
For me cleaning my wardrobe is really a joyful and useful time, even more so because we’re moving soon. And what would be a better occasion to declutter my life than moving houses?
There is some reasons:
- You have to do it anyway. I’ve gained a lot of experiences in the last 12 years (two international and many more domestic moves included), so I know the most annoying things are the smaller bits. It could take a lifetime, even more so when children are involved, so start early, and toss everything, you don’t need, or broken and can’t/won’t be fixed or spoiled. You will be grateful for it later.
- If you start early, you won’t stress yourself, also it only gets easier and easier meanwhile stuff is disappearing, those mental juices keep flowing. In short, it feels good, and even better in time.
- Giving is good, doesn’t matter if we speak about selling or gifting. I always put my better stuff on eBay, so I won’t throw something valuable away, after all, one man’s trash is other’s treasure, so give it a chance, make some money and/or some joy around you.
It’s true for everything, but given this is my fashion blog and my rules, I’ll be speaking about clothing, accessories, cleaning of my wardrobe.
This is the method I use (including some new purchase as well :D):
- Take your time, a whole day (weekend?) if it necessary. If you need drink a coffee or smoke a cigarette or eat an ice cream to have some break as well. Try to enjoy yourself, but keep focus on The Goal.
- Take out everything one by one and try it on. If you want take or ask somebody to take some pictures, sometimes it can make a big difference. Too small, too big? Discard. Is it broken, will you get fixed it? No? Discard. It’s fine, but not suited for your lifestyle or body (shape, colour, anything else)? Would you wear it tomorrow? Nah? Discard! Be ruthless, this is the only way, if you have ANY doubts, it has to go.
- If you still have some doubt left, store it somewhere you can’t see for a while, but not in the back of your wardrobe :)! If you don’t think about it anymore, then let it go, if you want to wear it again put it back.
- Make a list about what you have left. I already got this, as I’ve been doing it for a while now. I learned I need around 60-70 piece of clothing (20 pairs of shoes and 6 bags) overall, and being a true fashionista, it still gives me plenty of space and joy.
- Now it’s on you how to divide the total amount. I’m a tee and jeans kind of gal, so obviously I have way more than other people, but since I’m wearing these over and over (and over) again, all day, every day, it’s fine. On the other hand, I don’t need office attire, or too much very summery/wintry stuff so I try to minimize those, having one or two really loved ones do the trick nicely.
- But be clever with your most beloved pieces as well. I mean, how many identical white tee, or simple t-shirt if we’re at this topic, does a girl need? If you throw everything in the laundry having worn once, it’s still plenty enough to have around 10-12 t-shirts. Again, the best ones, which you wear anyway.
- Have you find something which you don’t wear anymore, but has sentimental value for you? Well, this is difficult, because everybody is different. I learned not to be attached too much, after all, we’re speaking about stuff here. But if you’re not like that, try to speak with somebody. Is it a dress you wore on your first date? Are you sure he remembers? And if so, do you think he keeps record? Probably not. That person and the memories are important, not stuff.
- If this is done, good for you, you’re over the hardest part, so take that coffee (again? :)). Maybe you feel at this point that you have nothing to wear. Actually you’d be surprised how creative and stylish one can be when she’s forced too. It’s pretty good feeling for a while, but ok, lets say those times are gone and what’s not enough, that’s not enough. Colleagues look weird at you (are they, and who cares?), and options are important too. So if you need an extra pair of pants/skirt/dress/blazer/whatever mark it down. If you go shopping, look for these things first.
Maybe all this sound very exhausting or overwhelming or even confusing, but believe me if you keep doing so, it will be better and better each time, moreover you’re gonna enjoy it! This is my personal experience anyway.
What do you think?