Troubles decluttering your wardrobe ? Have you thought about this…?

You know your wardrobe is just too full. It's pretty annoying that sometimes you still can't find something to wear! And let's not mention the money wasted. It seems like your efforts to sort just don't make a dent. Well, don't give up yet.

Over the weekend I did a mini declutter of my own wardrobe. It got me thinking about all the positives for taking on this critical space. I view clothes as fairly functional so find this a relatively easy area to work on and keep streamlined. However, I’m very aware that many, many others really struggle. It can be tough to part with precious pieces built up over the years, hard to let go of gorgeous tops you “might” just fit in again or impossible to move on those jeans that still have the label on !

If your wardrobe is overstuffed then this blog is for you. Although I offer a few practical steps to aid this thinning out process the main thrust is on how we can harness the power of our mind to get on top of this tricky target.

First things first. Everybody is different. As always in decluttering & organising there is no right or wrong way. It’s all about finding a way forward that’s going to work for YOU.

Most decluttering guides and “How to’s ….” start with a "get it all out" approach. Having now worked with quite a few folk, on all sorts of clothes collections, I’d like to propose something a little different before we launch into action. A little bit of preparation can go a very long way.

Allow yourself 10-15 minutes of peaceful time without any distractions and ask yourself some questions on what has brought you to this point. The following can be used as a guide but your story may go off at a tangent and need some tweaks! It’s all about exploring. You may even wish to make some notes for you to refer back to later.

> Why do I keep items that are too big / small for me?

> Why am I storing garments that I never wear?

> Why have I got 3 or more of exactly the same thing?

> Why have I got clothes with tags still attached and unworn?

> What shopping patterns allow more things to enter?

> What would it be like if there was LESS on the rail and the shelves?

A whole array of emotions will swing through this conversation with yourself. Here’s a few examples of the type of issue that may arise:-

> GUILT is common. Perhaps you hated a present from a loved one, had no intention of wearing it but felt you SHOULD keep it. Remember that, usually, a gift is given without expectation. You can choose what to do with it. The giver would not want you feeling bad from their offering.