Not enough space in your closet? By letting go of these items, you could give your wardrobe a new lease of life
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Rifling through a cluttered wardrobe to find an outfit is not the best way to start the day, but if the thought of clearing it seems overwhelming, check out these expert tips. The key to success is to focus on seven clutter culprits, taking on each area one at a time.
If you’re not wearing an item of clothing because it’s torn or tattered, there are a couple of things you can do. If you’re handy with a needle and thread and want to try to revive some of your togs, then set aside a few hours and fix your favourites.
If that’s not an option, there’s good news for those of us who hate waste – fabric can be recycled. Help out the charity shop by bagging all items not suitable for resale together and mark it ‘rags’.
The bottom third
Be realistic about those items you’ve left lurking in your wardrobe. Look at the bottom third of your T-shirt pile and those garments stuffed at the back. These are the clothes you already don’t wear, and chances are you’re not going to wear them in the future, either.
Unless you think you’ll start wearing a particular item again, donate them now to give them a new lease of life.
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If you have items in your wardrobe that have been stored with their tags on for quite a while, it’s likely these were impulse purchases. Try to let go of the guilt you may feel about buying things you’ve never worn – shopping can be great fun and we’ve all got carried away and made mistakes.
Next time you’re tempted by the rush of buying a beautiful new top, for instance, ask yourself when and how often you’re actually going to wear it. Commit to going out in it within the week, and if that doesn’t happen, make time to return it.
Pieces from the past
As our lives change, we change, often along with our jobs and hobbies. Sometimes, though, our wardrobes don’t keep up with our changing lifestyles and get stuck in the past. Give your closet a fresh lease of life by releasing attire from a previous season of your life.
If you’re finding it difficult to let go of your bike racing gear, that sharp suit for the office, or your maternity outfits, think of it as a cathartic process. It can often help to bring in an empathetic friend or professional organiser to support you with this more difficult ditch, and take it at a pace you’re comfortable with.
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Clothes you don’t like
We can end up keeping clothes we don’t like for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps they look stylish on the hanger, but don’t feel comfortable on, or we associate a particular memory with them. It can be liberating to let these items go. Try just one thing that falls into this category if you’re struggling to start.
When you go to choose your outfit for the day, think how much more positive you’ll feel when you can choose from clothes you love and feel good wearing.
Do you have some shoes lurking in your wardrobe that are uncomfortable or don’t fit properly? Then it’s a good idea to ditch them. After all, your feet carry you around all day and need to be looked after.
Don’t feel bad about throwing them away, even if they were expensive. Use this as an incentive to buy shoes that not only look good, but are comfy, too.
Items that don’t fit
If you have lots of clothes in your wardrobe that are waiting to be worn when you’ve reached your target weight, do yourself a favour and get rid of them.
It’s pretty common for our size to fluctuate a little, so some leeway in your wardrobe isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, a good rule to follow is, if clothes are two sizes bigger or smaller than the ones you currently wear, it’s time to let them go.
Try to avoid buying clothes in several sizes and think about creating a capsule wardrobe with a few fabulous, flexible items instead.
Is your wardrobe neatly ordered or rather more freestyle? Let us know – and share any clutter-busting tips – in the Comments section.