The Dresser Detox – A Beginners Guide To Decluttering & Creating The Perfect Wardrobe

Do you find yourself getting dressed each day, looking at a wardrobe full of clothes, but still not being able to decide what to wear?

I understand that even with a time consuming & busy schedule, you still deserve to look and feel great every single day! By decluttering your wardrobe, you can fall in love with your clothes all over again and reap the benefits of living a fuller life with less!

Join The Mailing List!

I started looking into the idea of capsule wardrobes when I moved to Japan. The intention of a capsule wardrobe is that you own simple & key clothing items that can be worn all year long while being able to add or take away items and/or statement pieces depending on the season.

It’s a really simple concept and it means that you can own and appreciate the clothes you love without having to go buy new ones every season.

For example, you may own a short-sleeved shirt that can be worn all spring & summer. Then, when autumn and winter come along, simply add a cardigan or a heavier jacket. 

Even now, I still declutter my wardrobe when I feel it is needed. Minimalism is a process & an ongoing journey. Therefore, you can always go back on and re-cap on the process of decluttering. 

Recommended Post: How To Make Hygge More Ethical

Everything that I own can be worn with almost all of my other clothes to create lots of different outfits. Everything that is in my wardrobe, I either completely love it, need it or I simply don’t own it.  

As a musician, I have a section in my wardrobe specifically for my stage costumes. Even still, I don’t own too many stage outfits, but everything I do own, I absolutely love & can be worn with other stage clothes to make new outfits.

The benefits of having a smaller wardrobe:

  • Choose what to wear without difficulty.
  • Look more put together with less time & effort
  • Stop wasting money
  • Learn your own definitive style
  • Let go of the guilt of holding onto things you no longer wear or like

So, how can I declutter?

I use a very simple strategy to declutter, which I am going to share with you today! You can use this method for not only clothes but pretty much all the items in your home. However, for the sake of this post, we are just going to tackle clothes for now!

Photo by Kaboompics .com on Pexels.com

The Method

Firstly, remove all of the clothes from your wardrobe and place them onto your bed.

Optional step: 

Count all of your clothes and decide a number to aim towards downsizing too. For example, I always try to keep the number of clothes I own to around 40 items (including shoes & accessories & excluding stage costumes & things like underwear).

Next, you’re going to create 4 piles: keep, trash, donate and trial separation.

Keep:

These clothes will either be put back into your wardrobe or into your seasonal storage.

Trash:

Any clothes broken beyond repair should go into this pile. This worn out bras, socks with holes in, and the granny pants that you absolutely hate but haven’t gotten rid of yet for whatever reason.

Donate:

The clothes in this pile will either go to a charity shop or to your friends. 

Trial Separation:

You will need a place out of sight to keep all of these clothes, like a box in a cupboard somewhere in your home. These clothes will be put away for a month. If you haven’t had the need to get any pieces of clothing out of this storage after the trial month is up, donate them.

Tips

Work out your colour palette:

Part of owning not as many clothes is being able to piece your clothes together to mix and match, creating many beautiful outfits. Check out this post by Anusch Karees, who has written an entire article that sums up everything that you need to know about picking a perfect colour palette.

What definitely not to keep

  • Clothes with tags still on
  • Anything ripped, stained, damaged or broken
  • Clothes that don’t fit
  • Sentimental clothes that you never wear
  • Granny pants, worn out bras & socks with holes
  • Clothes not worn in the last 6-8 weeks (if not seasonal)

How to let go

  • Remember that clothes don’t have feelings – they are merely bits of fabric.
  • Realise that people won’t notice that you own less.
  • Ask yourself ‘does this object bring value to my life?’ If the answer is ‘no’, it’s gotta go.
  • Give unwanted items to friends or charity.
  • Don’t get rid of too many things too fast

Downsizing is an inspiring process. However, if you get rid of too many things too fast, you may end up starving yourself of your essential needs. 

I would recommend putting more things in your maybe pile to review in a months time if you are concerned that you are about to get of items that could be considered necessities. 

If you haven’t felt the need to go into your maybe pile for the items of clothing within the month, then you know that you can get rid of them.

Seasonal Storage

There are some clothes that will not be used when they aren’t in season. And, it could be considered wasteful to get rid of something knowing that you will have to buy it again when the weather changes. 

To avoid being wasteful, I set aside a small bag that contains my season-specific items.

Recommended Post: How To Make Hygge More Ethical

Most items in your wardrobe should be good to wear all year round, like vest tops, t-shirts & leggings. However, you aren’t going to be wearing your favourite thermals and fluffy socks at the peak of summer, so simply set them aside.

I hope that you found this blog post useful! If you did, please feel free to share the love on social media and join the Hello Vegan Bee mailing list for updates on other super helpful and informative posts in the future!

Join The Mailing List!

I hope that you found this blog post useful! If you did, please feel free to share the love on social media and join the Hello Vegan Bee mailing list for updates on other super helpful and informative posts in the future!

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “The Dresser Detox – A Beginners Guide To Decluttering & Creating The Perfect Wardrobe

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s