When I read through this article by Apartment Therapy, I realized that none of these applied to me anymore because I’d already gone though this process. If you know you’re in dire need for a clear out then have a read through that article. If you want to take it a step further and really get down to the nitty gritty, then keep reading!
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
Think of this as pulling weeds from a garden. I usually have a spruce every season as I know my style is developing. You will notice that you remove less over time and your wardrobe becomes more consistent. Here are a few questions you should be asking yourself when it comes to decluttering your wardrobe:
ARE THE TAGS STILL ON?
If you haven’t worn something in the last 6 months, or you’ve bought something and the tags are still attached then it’s time to let it go!
DOES IT FIT?
We all have ideas on how we want to look, and sometimes we fall victim to impulse buys. It’s time to sift through those items and remove. An example for me was buying a bright yellow top, and a few floral print dresses. I am ashamed to say they still had their tags on… they just weren’t me. If you also need to loose weight to fit into certain pieces but haven’t, then remember to cherish who you are. Chances are, they bring you more sadness than joy.
THINGS TO NOTE
FIND YOUR TRENDS
I love this one because it really helps you define your personal style. Organise your clothes by category and colour and you’ll be surprised to see how much you’re naturally draw to certain trends. This step helps in the future, as you’ll know what styles to shop for and what you feel most comfortable in.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
One thing I love doing is ‘recycling’. When I had my big de-clutter I created three piles. One for my Mum, one for Ebay and another for charity. If I had clothes that I knew my Mum would love I’d put them on the Mum pile, the remainder was either for charity or Ebay. Give yourself 1-2 months to sell your items on Ebay, if they don’t budge then remember that it’s better to donate than accumulate.
If you keep up with this exercise then you will be more knowledgeable of your own personal style, and less likely to splurge on items that aren’t you!