Wardrobe Decluttered

The leaves are changing and there’s a crisp feel to the air.  Autumn has officially begun!  With the change of seasons, temperature, and weather, it is the perfect time to declutter clothes as you move from a summer wardrobe to winter wear.

Let’s start with your existing summer wardrobe.  Remove it all from your closet and dresser drawers.  Sort into three piles: Love, Like, and Hate.  The clothes you love should fit well, be free of holes and stains, and you enjoy wearing.  Hate is for those clothes that are stained, holey, and do not fit (too big or too small).  Like is for the in-between items.

Take your Love Summer clothes and put them back in your closet (if you’re lucky enough to have space for both your summer and winter wardrobe) or in whatever type of storage you use (I personally love colored coded plastic totes).  Hate Summer clothes will be donated.  Now go through the Like Summer clothes and reevaulate each piece.  Ask yourself questions:

  • When is the last time I wore this piece?
  • How do I feel when I wear it?
  • Is it comfortable?
  • Do I already have similar items in my wardrobe?
  • Would I buy it again from the store?

Answering questions about each piece from your Like Summer clothes should give you a great idea of “wear” that item belongs – to be donated or taking up valuable space in your closet or storage containers.

If you’re really stuck on trying to decide whether or not to keep a specific item or two – wear them for the day!  How do you feel in the clothes?

Repeat these steps with your winter wardrobe and tada, you have a decluttered wardrobe!  What a great feeling to only have clothes that you love instead of ones that don’t make you feel great!  I’d much rather have 10 tops that make me look and feel fabulous than 100 that are “okay” or frumpy!

Holiday tip – storage!

I love to use colored containers for my holiday storage – such as black and orange for Halloween, bright blue for Easter, and red and green for Christmas.  It makes it so easy when we go into the attic to quickly get the correct container!  (You can also use a different color for each member of the family to quickly locate seasonal clothing in your storage area!)  I also use a label maker to label each container with what decorations are inside so we can bring it right away to the correct room.  It also makes it easy for taking down the holiday garb when I know what goes in which container!  (Hint – holiday decoration colored containers tend to go on sale and clearance right after the holidays!)  How do you store your holiday decorations?