“We have traded our freedom for overfilled closets, and our passion for unnecessary maintenance. We have sacrificed life in pursuit of clutter.” – Joshua Becker
Declutter your Wardrobe
We’re kicking off physical decluttering with your wardrobe – because starting with your wardrobe will put you on a bit of a high, and leave you ready tackle the harder challenges that come up in the next 28 days.
Feel free to watch my daily challenge video for a recap of the below.
Your mini checklist for todays challenge:
- Create some guiding questions to help you declutter (i.e Is this comfortable? Does this fit me? Does this spark joy? Does this fit in with my style?)
- Take all of your clothing out of it’s normal space
- Sort your clothing into categories (Jumper / Coats / Jackets etc, Dresses, Playsuits, T-shirts / Blouses / singlets etc, Skirts, Shorts, Pants, Pyajamas / Loungewear, Bras / Underwear, Swimmers, Socks, Shoes, Bags, Clutches and purses, Jewellery / Sunglasses and Watches etc)
- Consider every piece of clothing against the guiding questions that you’ve chosen
- Return the clothes you’ve kept to their designated space and donate, sell or discard the rest
- Celebrate how fabulous you are
Your step by step guide for todays challenge:
1. Create some guiding questions to help you declutter
Before you start decluttering your closet, grab your notebook. Open up a fresh page and write out some guiding questions that you want to ask yourself when you consider each item in your wardrobe.
Make sure to have a few guiding questions based on style. Having some more ‘style’ related guiding questions (e.g. Does this fit in with my colour palette?), you’re working towards creating a more consistent and defined wardrobe.
- Here are some examples of guiding questions
- Does this fit with my colour palette?
- Does this go with anything else in my wardrobe?
- Does this fit with the vibe (i.e boho, minimal, classic) that I want to give off?
- Does this spark joy?
- Does this fit properly and is it comfortable?
- Have I worn it in the past year?
- If someone else was wearing this, would I ask them where they bought it?
- Does this piece make me feel good when I wear it?
2. Take all items of clothing out of their normal space
Before you start decluttering, remove all of your clothing from it’s normal space. Put it on the floor / bed. (Don’t forget the clothes still in the laundry or in the spare room!)
By doing this, you’ll be able to look at your clothing more objectively. You’ll probably notice weird things that you’ve never reaaally noticed before about your clothing.
3. Sort your clothing in to categories
Sort your clothing in to these piles:
- Jumpers, Coats, Jackets etc
- T-shirts, blouses, singlets etc
- Pyajamas / Loungewear (they can have their own little section)
- Bras and Underwear
- Bags, clutches and purses
- Jewellery, Sunglasses and Watches etc
4. Consider every piece of clothing against the guiding questions that you’ve chosen
Create your yes and no pile, and (only if you really need to), a maybe pile.
5. Return / Donate / Discard
Return your clothes to their designated space. I recommend folding all of your pants, shorts and skirts vertically (because folding vertically has honestly has made my life SO much easier). See more about folding vertically here.
If you plan on donating your clothes, bag them up NOW and put them straight in your car boot to take to your local thrift store. Set a time to donate or they might end up in your boot for a year and a half, like my sister.
If you’re planning a garage sale or to sell items online, put a time in your diary NOW for when you’re going to get sh*t done. If you leave your bags sitting in the corner of your room for months, you’re going to feel so disappointed in yourself.
If some of the clothing is too damaged or worn to donate, it might need to be discarded. Keep in mind that a lot of clothing can’t be put in the recycling bin. (Another great reason to simplify and reduce how many new clothing items you buy).
At the end of today’s challenge I got rid of 1 1/2 garbage bags. Seems like kind of a lot – but last time I got rid of 9 garbage bags of clothing. 1 whooole garbage bag was literally filled with just socks and underwear. It’s so gratifying to see how far I’ve come. Watch my clothing konmari video from early 2016 here.
6. Celebrate how fabulous you are
Yesss, you did it! So proud of you b.
THIS IS SO EXCITING AND WE’RE ONLY JUST GETTING STARTED.
Treat yourself to some tea, or a coffee, or a wine – whatever beverage is your thing to celebrate getting through day 2.
Lots of love xoxo