Decluttering Tips for a Minimalist Closet
I recently went through my clothes and did a HUGE closet clean out. I also made a video about it HERE! I’m usually grabbing one or two things every few weeks to donate to the thrift store. It had been quite a while since I did a clean out like this.
I found it so freeing and also very empowering. I now feel like I can make better choices when it comes to my clothing as I’m no longer overwhelmed by the sheer volume of clothes. Instead I feel like I’m able to see everything I own and know that It’s all being worn and has a purpose.
I wanted to walk you through what I ask myself when I’m decluttering my closet. These points also apply to when i’m decluttering my home as well. Whether it is my bathroom cupboard or kitchen junk drawer, it’s all the same process to me. Lets not waste any more time and jump right on into things.
Remove your clothing (item) fully from your closet (drawer).
By removing my clothes from my closet, I’m left with an empty space. A place to start fresh. I feel empowered to choose what I want back in my closet. I’m then no longer overwhelmed with what my closet looks like and I can more easily go through everything. I made a huge pile on my bed (floor, table…) and began to go through it.
Do you love it?
Through out my childhood whenever we would go shopping, my mom would say to me, “Emily, do you love it?”
Because of that I hear the voice of Kelley (my mamma) asking me “do you love it” whenever i’m shopping. I’m usually thinking, I really really like it, but I’m not in love with it. I now choose to pass on a lot of things I used to buy.
I also ask myself this question while I’m decluttering. There may have been a time when I loved something but styles change, our bodies change, maybe it doesn’t fit right, or it’s stained. The dryer could have shrunk it or it’s no longer in perfect condition. If that’s the case, you may not reach for it anymore. Ask yourself:
“Do I love it?”
If you no longer love it or maybe you never did, then it’s probably time to get rid of it. I could probably write a whole blog post on this one question alone but we will leave it at that.
Did a season go by without wearing (using) it?
I have plenty of shirts that I say, “Oh well i’m saving that for summer” and then summer comes and goes and I never wore it. Sometimes I wear it once and then change out of it half way through the day because I’m uncomfortable in it. Yet for some reason I still hold onto it. For goodness sakes woman, get rid of it. If a whole season passed without wearing it (using it) then GET RID OF IT!
Does it fit your aesthetic/style.
This is a new thing for me, something I haven’t always asked myself. I’m 26 years old and in someways I finally feel as though I’m finding myself in fashion and in home decor. With the world of social media and Pinterest that we live in, I find it very hard to decide what I like simply because I LIKE IT. Not my favorite blogger or Youtuber, but to like something just because you do. This is another topic I could write a whole post on but instead i’ll get back to the point. Our styles and aesthetics change, and it’s ok to let go of something that you used to love but that no longer feels like you. A small silly example of this is flannels. I still like flannels but a few years ago I would kill for that perfect flannel. Now I have 4 and found them just sitting unworn in my closet for almost a year. I realized that they no longer felt like me. I did keep one, it’s my favorite and the only one I wore last year. I would love if my closet was full of clothing that could be worn together. A closet collection full of items I can mix and match because they all fit my aesthetic and go together. The same applies to home decor and more. Ask yourself if it fits your aesthetic and if not then you may want to get rid of it.
There are of course exceptions to every rule. Things you keep because it’s nostalgic or ugly but you use it all the time. Or maybe you’re like me and you just can’t bring yourself to get rid of your pink fuzzy PJ’s because they are just too comfortable. They aren’t exactly “my aesthetic, but you will have to pry them from my cold dead hands before I get rid of them.
Anyways guys, thanks for reading and I hope this inspires you to get decluttering and that you feel freer and empowered with each item you choose to let go of.
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