Like it or not, decluttering your wardrobe is a necessity. The harsh reality of adult life is that responsibilities like these can't be put off forever - a wardrobe/floor combo that displays its contents in one mountainous lucky dip of contrasting seasonal items is now your responsibility to sort.
While a neat and orderly wardrobe that gifts every item its own space and hanger might sound like the stuff of fantasy, believe it or not, it is achievable - and today, we're going to show you how. We're offering 4 essential tips on how to declutter your wardrobe, creating a space that effectively organises your clothing into a stress-relieving, logical and comprehensible system that enables you to throw a flawless outfit together in seconds, every day of the week.
Ok, so let's get one thing straight - this isn't going to be an easy task, especially if (like most of us) you find it hard to throw away clothes you once loved. It's going to take time, it's going to take patience. As a result, ensure you psych yourself up appropriately for the somewhat mammoth task ahead of you.
Bring a speaker into the bedroom, create a playlist of your favourite feel-good tunes and turn up the volume. Not only will this help put you in a motivated mindset, but it will stop the decluttering process feeling like so much of a chore.
To get a better impression of how to declutter your wardrobe most effectively, you're going to need to assess the damage. You'd be surprised at the sheer quantity of clothing that can accumulate in your wardrobe over the years, so you need to realistically manage your expectations of how long this is all going to take.
Start of by pulling everything out of your wardrobe and onto the floor (if it isn't there already). This will help you gauge a better understanding of just how many clothes you own, as well as how much space there is available in your wardrobe.
You need to devise a strategic approach to work out how to declutter your clothes, establishing a logical and easy-to-follow system. Our recommendation is to split up your clothing into three initial piles - the 'keep it' pile, the 'throw it' pile and and the 'still not sure' pile.
As the names suggest, the 'thow it' pile is for those unwanted, outdated, 'what was I thinking' type items that no longer have a natural place in your wardrobe. Where possible, look to donate this pile to a charity or pass down to family and friends.
When it comes to the 'still not sure' pile, you're going to have to try these items on to help you reach a conclusive decision. Take an hour in front of the mirror, checking that the items both fit and match the style of the rest of your keep pile - it's best to trust your gut reaction here, relegating any items you're unsure about to the 'throw it' pile.
With the clothing that's made the cut now determined, it's time to come up with a fresh and organised approach to what lies within your wardrobe. Your primary focus here should be visibility. During this decluttering process, you're likely to have rediscovered some lost treasures that you forgot you'd ever bought - establishing a new wardrobe system that prioritises visibility should look to combat this effectively.
Secondly, try to divide your clothes by a logical organisational system - this can be by clothing type or by regularity of use. For example, separating less frequently used modest wear such as your occasion abayas and storing them high up in your wardrobe is a sensible storage approach that enables them to be easily identified. Likewise, storing your weekend modest clothing away from your 9-5 workwear means you can locate your daily outfits quickly and easily - giving you an extra five minutes in bed in the morning!
Decluttering your wardrobe is a great way of rediscovering the old pieces you once loved while simultaneously making space to breathe some new life into your wardrobe and freshen up your seasonal style. Let us know how you tackle decluttering your wardrobe over on Instagram by using @abayabuth!
Until next time,