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The Best Way to Declutter Clothes Easily

Declutter clothes? What a daunting task! Especially if you’re like me and you love clothes. They can pile up quickly and before you know it you have an overwhelming about of clothes to take care of.

The chances are, if your clothes need to be decluttered, you probably haven’t felt like keeping them organized. You may even have way too many clothes. Noooooo!!! Don’t make me get rid of my clothes, you say!! I know! I know! It sounds difficult, but you can declutter clothes quickly and painlessly!

Trust me!

Before we get started, let’s look at

What is the Importance of Decluttering Anyway?

Before we start talking about decluttering clothes, let’s talk about why decluttering is so important in the first place. Your life will run much more smoothly if you make the decision to declutter your things. No one likes to live in a home overrun by stuff. So making the decision to declutter is a great idea!

Decluttering your house isn’t just about getting rid of stuff, it’s about managing your things in a way that allows you to use and enjoy them. Because let’s face it, when your house is a cluttered mess, you aren’t gonna enjoy digging out a tennis racket for an afternoon of fun. Nor are you gonna feel like cooking, cleaning, or anything else, for that matter.

There are several reasons why you should declutter your home.

Clothes: An Important Category to Declutter

For some reason clothes seem to collect and reproduce in the closet and dresser! Seriously, it seems like I’m always decluttering my clothes only to turn around and find I have another huge pile to get rid of.

It’s important to declutter your clothes on a regular basis so your wardrobe is well-balanced and easily accessible.

Besides that, styles change often, and although you don’t have to keep up with all the latest trends, it’s nice to fit into the culture at least a little bit!

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What are the Reasons We Keep so Many Clothes in Our Closets?

Did you ever wonder why you have so many clothes to begin with? If you analyze the question, you’ll probably find you fall into one of the categories listed below.

These may be reasons why you’re having a hard time decluttering clothes:

  • Guilt – Maybe you bought it and haven’t worn it as much as you think you should have and you feel really guilty about getting rid of it. Perhaps you thought it would look nicer and then when you actually got it home you realized you didn’t really like how it fit.
  • Sentimentality – Did someone you love give it to you and you just can’t let go of the memory and the sentimentality? This is a really big reason why decluttering close is difficult. Link to post***
  • Sorrow over money spent – It’s not uncommon to feel remorse over the money you spent on clothes (or any item you’re decluttering, really). Getting rid of those clothes can cause you to calculate all the money you have wasted. Since there’s no way to recover the money completely (although this option will help***ebay post) you’re just gonna have to get over the money you spent. Just make wiser choices in the future.
  • Fear of needing it again – We’ve all done it, right? Gotten rid of our favorite sweater and then realized months later (when it’s actually chilly outside) when we’re looking feverishly for it – that it’s gone. This is a tough one because, truthfully, in the future, you might end up needing something you got rid of, but realistically, even if that does happen, you can usually find something in your wardrobe to substitute instead.
  • Feeling like you don’t have enough – Many people hold onto clothes they never wear because they’re afraid they don’t have enough. My husband jokes that he keeps old t-shirts because he wants to feel like he has something to wear. However, those old t-shirts collecting in the bottom of his drawer aren’t being worn any way! Go figure!
  • Because you really like it – Sometimes you don’t want to get rid of something because you actually like it! In this case, evaluate and if you like it enough to keep it (and you will actually wear it) don’t get rid of it!
  • Because it’s not awful! – Even though something you own isn’t your favorite, maybe it’s not so bad that you’ll never wear it. It’s easy to leave an item like that in your closet, and that’s ok. But beware, if you do choose to keep it, you may never end up wearing it. Declutter it on the next round!

 

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Ask Yourself These Questions When Decluttering

  • Does it fit? Try the outfit on and really evaluate whether you like it or not. Decide if it’s comfortable or not. It’s very easy to talk yourself into keeping something that doesn’t actually fit well. So if you can’t see yourself actually wearing it out in public, because it doesn’t fit well, get rid of it.
  • Do I need it? Do we really need anything? Just kidding! When you ask yourself this question, think about how often you use the item and where it fits into your wardrobe. You might need a certain belt or a pair of shoes to go with an outfit you have. You decide what constitutes as a need and if this item fits the bill.
  • Do I like it? Isn’t it funny how many things we keep that we don’t actually like? If you don’t like an article clothing, then get rid of it. Period.
  • Can I live without it? Technically you could probably live without most of the things in your closet, but for the sake of this question, ask yourself what it would be like if you didn’t have it. Can you manage to dress well without, said item?
  • Could I easily replace it? This question has actually prompted me to keep a few things I might have otherwise gotten rid of. Something that is more expensive and high-end and not easily replaceable should be considered much more carefully than something you’ve bought at a thrift store, for example. If you get rid of a pair of dress shoes that would cost you $50 to replace, then it’s not a good idea to get rid of them.
  • It this item a duplicate? Simple enough! If you have more than one of the same thing get rid of it! What about two black t-shirts, each in a different style? Choose the one that fits you the best (and that you like) and get rid of the other one!
  • Would I buy this item today?  When you’re deciding whether or not to declutter clothes, pretend you’re standing in the store and ask yourself…if this item were on the rack would I purchase it right now? If not, get rid of it and if so, keep it!
  • Does it go with anything else in my wardrobe? There are some items that just don’t go with anything. Have you ever purchased a shirt promising yourself you would find a matching skirt to wear with it eventually? My guess is that if you have, it’s probably still hanging in your closet. If you have a Lone Ranger article of clothing that you just can’t match up with anything else, then get rid of it.
  • Stop Imagining Scenarios! Ok, I know this isn’t a question, but still! This is a joke my husband and I have. Any time he wants to keep a pair of ratty old jeans, he tries them on and says something to the effect of, “These would be great for fishing.” or “I could wear these to do yard work.” The truth of the matter is, he ends up tossing them to the back of the closet, never to be seen (or worn) again! You can think of a reason to keep just about anything. Don’t do that!

Prepare Yourself Mentally for Decluttering Clothes

All right! Now that we’ve talked about all the questions to ask yourself, and we covered why decluttering is important*** now we’re ready to deep-dive into the decluttering clothes process!

Take a deep breath, remind yourself that everything is going to be okay, and let’s get to work!

I’m not joking! Decluttering clothes can be very emotional so give yourself a minute to mentally prepare! Once you’re ready, let’s get started!

First of All, Don’t Give Yourself too Much Time to Think

I mean it! It’s more important than you might think!

One quick trick I want you to know about before you actually start decluttering clothes is moving rapidly through the process.

 If you think too much about each individual item, you’ll have a hard time getting rid of anything. Therefore, it’s best for you to look at an item quickly and then make a decision. Don’t linger!***

Just a Little Prep Work: Clearly Label Decluttering Piles

When decluttering clothes you’re going to be working with piles. I find it’s best to clearly label those piles so you know exactly what you’re working with.

Make sure to designate space large enough so your piles of clothes don’t start falling into each other. In The Decluttering Binder, (definitely click that link! You can thank me later! 😉 ) I’ve made pretty labels for you to make the process of decluttering clothes just a little more fun!

 So to get started, make three piles with the following labels:

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Sell
  • Throw Away

Pretty obvious what they’re all there for, right?! 😉

Now it’s Time to Bring All Your Clothes to One Central Location

Don’t skip this step! I know it’s very tempting!

You read it right! Bring all of your clothes to one central location. No matter how many clothes you have or how difficult this process seems, don’t ignore this step! It’s a very important part of the process!

That means if you have clothes all throughout the house, you need to go gather them now! I expect it’ll take you a little while just to get set up with this step.

It’s ok! I’ll wait for you. It’s that important!

Did you go gather everything and bring it one central location?

Now You’re Ready to Do a Quick Sort-Through of Your Clothes

Quickly sift through your clothes, putting them in the appropriate piles. Don’t take too much time to think about whether or not you want to keep them. Just make a decision. You don’t wanna be here for hours!

One helpful trick I’ve learned is that if your first instinct is to get rid of something, then get rid of it! Otherwise you can talk yourself into just about anything! And then you’ll end up keeping all of your clutter instead of decluttering clothes!

It’s a good idea to set a timer and see if you can beat it. It adds just a little bit of fun to an otherwise mundane process!*** Check out other decluttering tips in this post.

The sooner you can get through this pile, the easier it will be.

Next, Take Care of the Sell and Donate Piles

The idea when decluttering is to get things out of your house as quickly as possible. Honestly, the sooner you get things out, the more motivated you will be to keep de-cluttering. You’ll start to see what a difference decluttering makes. It’s incredible! (It’s also very addicting! You’ve been warned!)

Place everything that landed in the donate pile in garbage bags. (It’s a good idea not to skimp on your garbage bags when decluttering. I prefer to use something strong, like this.)

Bring them immediately out to your vehicle. If that’s not possible, put them in a place you cannot miss them (even a place you’ll trip over them until you move them) so you’ll be sure to donate them as soon as possible. (See how important it is to get this clutter out of your house!

Next, if you plan to sell your declutter on eBay*** then you’ll want to properly store the items you plan to list. Don’t just ignore this pile. Remove it from the area you are decluttering clothes in.

Now for the Fun Part: Try Things on From the Keep Pile If You’re Not Sure if They Fit

It’s time for a fashion show!

Interestingly, not everything you think you want to keep will make it to the final declutter stage. This is why I want you to try on the things you decided to keep.

Be honest with yourself as you do. Don’t make something work that’s not comfortable or keep something you don’t currently fit in. (We all have goals for our weight, but it’s best not to keep something you can’t wear)

Once you’ve decided what things do fit you, you’re done with the first stage of the decluttering clothes process.

Give me a virtual high-five!! 🙌🏻 I’m so proud of you! Isn’t this so much fun??!!

Finally, Set Up a System for the Clothes You Plan to Keep

This is literally my favorite part! Because after all your hard work decluttering clothes, it’s time to neatly store them in an organized way. I don’t know about you, but I get super excited seeing all my hard work pay off!

Decluttering clothes is not only about getting rid of things, but it’s about setting up the right system so your clothes stay neat and organized.

Take the time to properly fold your clothes using whatever method you like. Here is a YouTube video of a way I like to fold clothes.***

(Just a note: I tried the Marie Kondo method for storing clothes and I didn’t like it! I may be among the minority, but it’s worth noting here. That’s why it’s important for you to find something that will work for you! Cuz that way you’ll be more likely to stick to it and that will, in turn, keep your clothes from getting cluttered and messy again. Ok, enough said!)

Finally, Keep it Up!

Congratulations! You successfully finished decluttering clothes. It wasn’t that hard, right?

Now in the future, be sure to set up a time where you regularly declutter clothes. That way you will be able to keep your closet organized and usable!

Pro Tip: Use The Decluttering Binder

If you just aren’t sure how to declutter your home, you’re not alone. Many people have no idea where to start with decluttering** It’s ok to need help. That’s why I created The Decluttering Binder. In it, I’ve made up systems for you to quickly and easily work through every part of your room.

Decluttering clothes will be a breeze! It’s fun and attractive and makes decluttering not such a bad job!

My customers love it! They’ve noted how they’ve been able to easily transform their homes with a few simple steps.

I’d like to invite you to check out The Decluttering Binder here. Don’t miss it! It could change your life!

How about you? What’ is your best method for decluttering clothes? How do you decide what to keep and what not to? Comment below and let me know your best tricks!

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