Another Monday and another end to the weekend. Having only been back for a week following two weeks of post wedding adventures, I’ve been really excited about using this past weekend for cleaning and organzing. Which, I wanted to share some of my learnings with you all today!
I’ve really been wanting to go through my apartment and get rid of things I don’t actually use. Then, my next goal would be to better arrange what is left and have it out of sight. Living in New York City apartment comes with very little storage. Even a small amount of things can start to feel very busy.
The hardest thing for me to declutter is my closet. This was my first task. To rid myself of the clothes I don’t like, don’t wear, and don’t plan on wearing any more. These items are taking up space and adding stress. Constantly seeing clothes you don’t like exacerbates that feeling of not have a “dream” wardrobe.
So, here are a few tips I have for you when decluttering your closets that I learned over the weekend!
Tips for Decluttering your Closet
Flipping through clothes I feel meh about to find the clothes I do like just makes things more complicated than they need to be. So, turn your closet into sections. Go through and grab the things that are no hesitation yes’s. Have those at the beginning of your closet. Then put next to them the maybes. Things you’re unsure about.
Note: You’ll also need a special occasion section. For things that aren’t everyday items. You don’t wear them often but would like to keep them around for events that pop up rarely. Keep them in the back.
The rest? Time to donate!
If you haven’t worn it in a month, put in the “maybe” section
If you don’t wear something you shouldn’t keep it. If you haven’t worn it in a month, chances are you don’t love it. But, instead of being hasty try putting it in your maybe section. Then, if you see you never touch it, you’ll have your answer.
If you haven’t worn it in six months, donate
I had plenty of items I hadn’t worn in at least six months. Ignore out of season items since you probably haven’t worn them because of the weather. But in season things, if you haven’t touched it in six months, you’re probably never going to wear it. Time to donate!
Keep sentimental items in storage
My style has certainly changed over the past five years. I used to be very preppy. My closet still has all these style of clothes. I still love them too I just don’t wear them very often but I don’t ever want to get rid of some of my Lilly Pulitzer dresses. So, I found a special bin to store these items out of the way. I’ll revisit these every few months to see if there’s anything I could sell.
To sum it up…
Don’t feel the need to get rid of things just to get rid of them. Create your section of things that you absolutely love. The goal is to feel good about your clothes. Not to toss things just to make it smaller. I worry too much about how many items I have and have too many times went looking to wear something that I had actually tossed too mindlessly.
Create a section of all your favorite clothes. I seriously have felt so much better after doing this. I actually feel like I have the beginning of a dream closet without any clutter, frustration, or confusion.
I’d love to hear from you all your tips you’ve learned when decluttering your wardrobes! Let me know in the comments below.