A clothing declutter was one of the first things I did one year ago when I began serious minimalisation. I’m not sure I realised the momentum it would give me to completely transform my way of thinking about possessions.
I had always donated clothes to the charity shop on a regular basis but I don’t think I ever gave away more than I accumulated. My wardrobe became three wardrobes. Two in my house and one in my parents’ house.
They were stuffed – bursting at the seams with stuff I rarely wore.
- First I gave away everything that I hadn’t worn that summer when the autumn began. The off-season clothes left were packed away for the winter.
- The second thing I did was go through accessories and decluttered.
- Then I did something more radical. I put all the clothes I had left into one wardrobe. (It was definitely a squeeze) Everything I wore for the next three months got transferred into the empty wardrobe and could remain.
- By Christmas it was fairly obvious I didn’t wear most of what I owned. So a lot of the remainder got donated. I gave away anything that didn’t make me feel good when I wore it even if I liked it on the hanger. The only things I kept from the second wardrobe were special occasion clothes. I had some dresses I wear to weddings and two dressy coats to accompany them. I now keep those and my off-season wear hanging in the second wardrobe (not in boxes).
- When I finished the 2 wardrobes in my own home I went to my parents’ house and completely cleared out my wardrobe there. I brought one or two items to my house but mostly I donated.
The result was pretty awesome. Everything in my wardrobe fits on its own hanger now and is no longer crushed.
I’m not sure I would have been brave enough a year ago to have cleared my wardrobe all in one go in the Marie Kondo method although it would have saved me time. But my method really worked and I only had a few small items of clothing to donate in the recent final declutter of my house.
So my method was:
- Declutter Off-season clothing first,
- Then declutter Accessories
- Use the empty wardrobe method for three months or the length of a season
- Donate anything that doesn’t make you feel good and anything you haven’t worn (with some very minor exceptions). Always donate clothes rather than binning them, worn clothes should be recycled.
- Clear out anything left in your parents’ house or anywhere else you may have clothes stored.
Photo above of my dream walk-in-wardrobe and how I should create it: http://www.homedit.com/how-to-turn-a-small-bedroom-into-a-dressing-room/