Imagine waking up each morning to a closet full of clothes that you love and that fit you perfectly. Starting your day off on a positive note by choosing what to wear instead of avoiding the items that don't make you feel great is a wonderful feeling.
There are five items that I often find in my clients' closets that you can remove without any regret - so get ready to declutter your wardrobe, Marie Kondo style.
In this blog - the 5 wardrobe items to declutter now!
What to do with clothes that don’t fit
That dress or pair of jeans that doesn't fit isn't the positive message you need to give yourself every morning. You're not supposed to fit 'into' clothes, your clothes are supposed to fit YOU!
Wearing clothes that don't fit properly can make you feel negative about your body every time you put them on. I recommend removing these items from your wardrobe. Your wardrobe should only contain the clothes that you love, which fit you now.
If an item brings you joy but doesn't fit, keep it as a goal item for when you reach your desired size. Store these items in boxes on shelves or under your bed to keep them in good condition.
How to declutter expensive clothes that you've kept hold of but don’t even like!
We all make mistakes when we’re buying clothes, especially if we’re buying them in a bit of a rush or feeling the pressure of an important event.
If you haven't loved wearing an expensive blouse (dress, jeans...) so far then you’re unlikely to in the future.
It may be that the colour, fit or style doesn’t work for you. Think about why you don't like it so you don't make the same mistake again and then sell it to someone who'll love it.
Keeping them in your wardrobe is just a daily reminder of that expensive mistake. The money has been spent - you don't need to be reminded of it every day.
Declutter the shoes that don’t fit you or your lifestyle
Unworn shoes multiply at the bottom of wardrobes and (like Tupperware boxes and lids) can rarely be found in pairs. How many pairs of shoes do you own that never make it out of the front door?
I often find long-forgotten shoes when working with clients – heels from their old office days or party shoes that haven’t had a night out in years. There are always shoes that rub and cause a blister every time they’re worn.
Keep the shoes you know you love to wear and make the decision to donate or sell the rest of them – don’t let them hide in the bottom of your wardrobe!
Move on accessories you never wear
If you love to accessorise with scarves, belts, bags and jewellery you’ve probably got loads hidden on the back of chairs or drawers and in the bottom of your wardrobe.
Accessories can easily start to accumulate and become overwhelming if not regularly sorted through. Often, we end up only using a select few and neglecting the rest. When you declutter, gather all the accessories and choose which ones bring you joy. Keep the ones you love wearing and donate or discard the rest. You'll be surprised how little you miss them.
Store all your accessories in one place - you're more likely to wear them if you know where they are and can see them.
Declutter your mismatched hangers and invest in a matching set
Having lots of spare hangers hung in your wardrobe makes it harder to get the clothes out that you want to wear – especially if you’ve got a wardrobe full of mismatched wire, plastic and wooden hangers. Create space straight away by removing the empty hangers and storing them in a basket at the bottom of your wardrobe.
Go one step further by changing to a matching set of hangers. Your clothes will hang better, there’ll be more space and no more battling with tangled hangers every morning.
A set of wooden hangers may look lovely but they can take up unnecessary space on hanging rails. I recommend using space-saving velvet hangers which allow you to hang more clothes in small wardrobes. These Songmics hangers are available in packs of 20 or 50 from my Amazon store. How to sell your unwanted clothes on Vinted
Vinted is my go-to app for selling clothes I no longer need. It's easy to use and they even manage the postage and tracking for you.
If you've found this blog useful and are ready to start Marie Kondo'ing your wardrobe you may find these other posts useful:
Are you ready to start living A Life More Organised?
I’d love to hear how easy you find it to declutter your home - what sort of things do you struggle with?
Let me know them in the comments below!
I’m Sue, a professional home organiser and KonMari Consultant based in Hampshire, UK.
I trained with Marie Kondo and the KonMari team and help busy people declutter, organise and simplify their homes so they can get on with the important job of enjoying life.
For a no-obligation chat about how I can help, please get in touch.
m: 07740 782575 www.alifemoreorganised.co.uk