This is a tricky one for women.
Not because women have more clothes than men (but maybe we do), but because our body and our appearance are called to change drastically between those moments:
- At work
- At home
I’m not a big clothes consumer, but I keep my clothes for a very long time and I inherit many from my sister. Also, pregnancy clothes are expensive and I want to keep mines in case we have another child (hello boyfriend!). But of course I don’t want to see them everyday.
I decided to mix 5 quick methods to achieve the goal of decluttering my wardrobe, in a very iterative way (for a timelaps of one year or so).
1 – Don’t buy new clothing for a while
How’s that? Well, you won’t see the good of minimizing your wardrobe if you keep adding items. Doesn’t mean you can’t exchange clothes though. (Ever heard about Switch & B*tch meetings? This should be the subject of a future post.)
Or if you do buy, use the mantra: “One in, one out!”.
2 – Categorize your Clothes
Take out every cloth you own and ask yourself: “In which occasion do I put this on more often?”. This should lead you to define some categories. Here are mines:
Then clearly separate your clothes between those categories. You can use containers, but I personaly bought plastic bags from the dollar store. The air can be sucked out, which saves a lot of space.
Just by doing this, you should already have dismissed some pieces of clothing ;).
3 – Use your support
This is a tip I read from becomingminimalist.com.
With every cloth that you keep, turn the support. When you put it back after washing it, put it the right way.
When you are ready to open another bag, take out everything you haven’t put on before, with the support upside down. And be honest. Some clothes maybe were in the wrong category, give it another chance. But give away all the rest.
4 – Always see everything
Except for your underwear and accessories, try to always see the globality of your wardrobe. If you keep some clothes in a drawer and some other in your wardrobe, you might feel like you don’t have enough clothes. Or worse forget what you own.
Keep everything at the same place.
5 – Buy smarter
Now that your wardrobe is simplier and happier, every new piece of clothing you buy should respect these principles:
- Does it fit with what I already own?
- It is classical or trendy? Classical will last you longer.
When I decided to go for a classical wardrobe, I chose to buy white, gray, black, marine blue, taupe and greige stuff. I never regretted any new item.
Free tip: to feel like your wardrobe is more clean and organized, take only one kind of support. IKEA has a beautiful and non-expensive model here.
Is there really a conclusion to that? 😉 I think it is a work-in-progress that will lasts forever.
I have read about the 333 method, which sounded so interesting but maybe too drastic for me. Any experience with that?
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