— Mark Lowe (@MarkKLowe) December 24, 2016
Decluttering your closet is an important undertaking and is a must do if you are on a path towards living a more minimalist lifestyle.
It’s also one of the most intimidating! Everybody’s had that moment where they have stood in front of their closet, stared into the abyss of a mess, and decided, “Maybe tomorrow.” No more! You’ve got space to reclaim, clothes to giveaway, and mystery items to throw out.
What Is A Normal Sized Wardrobe?
It sort of depends a bit on the individual, their lifestyle of course and even the climate they live in. I dare say that a lot of people have too many articles of clothing in their current wardrobe.
How many articles of clothing do you even have? I bet it is a lot. And most people only wear around 20% of their items. I dare you to do an inventory of the clothing you currently own. Too scary? I thought so.
Also read– I Own 28 Items Of Clothing
Another question to ask is how often do you wear each item? If you are wearing something less than once per month maybe it is time to let it go.
And believe me, my closet needs to be decluttered and cleaned out as well. As such, I am also very intrigued by the idea of building a minimalist capsule wardrobe.
How To Clean Up Your Closet For Good
If you are like most people who have tried to clean up and declutter their closet you have moved things around over and over, taken a little out and added more in. You drag storage containers in from the garage, swap out items, try to make a little space, and then go shopping to celebrate a new season. What the hell?
One of the reasons you do not want to clean out your closet and actually declutter your belongings is that you are a bit afraid of the emotions that will come to the surface.
- “Why did you spend so much money on things you don’t wear?”
- “Are we going to have to do this again in 6 months?”
- “If you let go, will you have enough to wear?”
So yes be prepared for these questions to come up. It’s a process when it comes to living a minimalist lifestyle.
Tips You’ll Love To Help Clean Out Your Closet
- Schedule a weekend for this and think about enlisting help from a friend. Get wine.
- Take everything out of the closet. Everything.
- Pick up, hold and even try on on every on every article of clothing. Yes this is going to take a while.
- Sort items into the following piles:
- Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them frequently.
- Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why. (you know you have those items)
- Donate: These items don’t fit my body or my life.
- Trash: These items are in poor condition. (repurpose if possible)
- Drink some wine(or beverage of your choice)
- Take a second pass at your two remaining piles. Try on clothing you aren’t sure about and ask the following questions:
- Would I go to the store and buy this today?
- Will I wear this in the next 3-6 months (or ever)?
- If the answer is no, start a new donate pile and immediately add it to your other items for donation. Out of sight.
- If all else fails, pick a number. To start, choose 10. Thumb through the clothes in your closet and remove 10 items—any 10 you want. In fact, once you get started, you may find 15 or 20 things to remove without even breaking a sweat.
Realize That You Can Live with Less
Whether or not you use decluttering your closet as a starting point to embrace living a more minimalist lifestyle is completely up to you. I feel that changing who you are as a person is indeed easier with simple living.
When it comes to cleaning out your closet also realize that the fashion industry gets rich on one principle: constantly changing fashion trends. Don’t believe the marketing hype! Chances are you have everything you need already.
What you need to change is your programming. You need to Change the Code and actually think differently about what you believe is important in your life
Maybe a better life starts with cleaning out and decluttering your closet.
Let me know about your adventures in closet decluttering in the comments. Please share this post via social media. Thank you.
“Change The Code. Change Your Life.”