Our wardrobes often serve as a reflection of who we are, our evolving styles, and the phases of our lives. However, as time goes on, our fashion tastes change, bodies shift, and trends come and go. The result? A closet full of clothes that no longer fit – both in terms of size and style. In this guide, we’ll explore the art of wardrobe decluttering and delve into the liberating process of letting go of clothes that no longer align with our current selves.
Welcome to my Year Long Thorough Declutter Series. We declutter 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Each day we do a daily task based on the room we are working on. Today, our task is to start decluttering your clutter in your entryway. If you prefer watching videos, check out my youtube channel here. Today, we’ll look at some tips for decluttering anything that doesn’t fit in your entryway.
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Currently we are working on how to unclutter the Entryway, Foyer, & Mudroom. The daily task for today, Nov. 21, 2023, is to begin to declutter anything that doesn’t fit in your entryway. Remember, we are focusing on just the entryway area, so don’t declutter your whole house. We will cover each room separately.
Wardrobe Decluttering: Letting Go of Clothes That No Longer Fit
The Emotional Closet
Our closets can sometimes become emotional archives, holding onto memories and sentiments through the garments we’ve accumulated over the years. While it’s natural to attach emotions to clothing, it’s essential to assess whether those attachments still serve us positively.
Action Tip: Begin your decluttering journey by acknowledging the emotions tied to your clothes. Identify items that bring joy and those that evoke less favorable feelings.
Assessing Style Evolution
Fashion is an ever-changing landscape, and so is our personal style. What you loved a few years ago might not resonate with your current taste. Take a moment to evaluate your current style preferences and be honest about what truly represents you.
Action Tip: Separate your clothes into categories – keep, donate, and discard. Be discerning about the pieces that genuinely reflect your style today.
The Fit Factor
Our bodies go through natural changes over time, and clinging to clothes that no longer fit can be a source of frustration. Whether it’s clothes that have become too tight or too loose, it’s time to make room for items that make you feel confident and comfortable.
Action Tip: Try on each piece in your wardrobe. If it doesn’t fit well or doesn’t make you feel good, it’s time to bid it farewell.
Sustainable Wardrobe Practices
Decluttering your wardrobe doesn’t mean contributing to environmental waste. Embrace sustainability by donating or recycling clothes you no longer need. There are plenty of organizations and initiatives that will gladly accept your gently worn items.
Action Tip: Research local charities or clothing drives that align with your values. Ensure your unwanted clothes find a new home where they’re appreciated.
Creating a Capsule Wardrobe
Consider building a capsule wardrobe – a curated collection of timeless, versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched. This minimalist approach not only streamlines your closet but also makes getting dressed a breeze.
Action Tip: Identify essential items that form the foundation of your wardrobe. Invest in high-quality, versatile pieces that can be styled in various ways.
Wardrobe decluttering is not just about making physical space in your closet; it’s a transformative journey of self-discovery and mindful curation. By letting go of clothes that no longer fit, you make room for a wardrobe that truly represents the person you are today. Embrace the process, celebrate your evolving style, and relish the freedom that comes with a decluttered, intentional closet.
Remember, your wardrobe should be a reflection of your present self – a collection of pieces that make you feel confident, comfortable, and ready to conquer the world.
Steps to Take for Letting Go of Clothes That No Longer Fit
1.Only spend time on your specific daily task.
2.Do not get side-tracked or distracted.
3.Work within a time of day that you have the most energy and stamina. This is one of the most useful declutter motivation tips. Listen to your body and work at decluttering when you feel the most alert and energized.
4.Avoid thinking too long about whether to keep or discard an item. This is one specific way for How to Be Ruthless When Decluttering.
5.Avoid cleaning during your declutter. The goal is to purge the dead weight. Getting rid of the clutter is your priority. Cleaning can be accomplished later. Read on for more declutter motivation tips and my room specific deep clean checklist, though, as you will begin cleaning after your declutter.
Tips for Letting Go of Clothes That No Longer Fit
1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)
2. sturdy trash bags
3. marker/pen to label boxes
Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.
Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.
I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.
Steps for Letting Go of Clothes That No Longer Fit
1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag
2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have
3.Get rid of items that don’t work or that work poorly, expired items, anything you don’t love, anything that you’ll never use again
4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest
5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option
How Do You Declutter Your Entire House (and get it deep clean?): Need to deep clean?
First, My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
Second, My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
Third, My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
Fourth, My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
Fifth, My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
You can get your printable Daily Housekeeping Routine and Deep Cleaning Your House Schedule here. This 15 page printable kit is delivered digitally to your email for you to print and personalize. What Does a Deep Clean Include? It includes a daily schedule, calendar pages, and deep cleaning checklists for every room and area of your home. Check out the link above to see a sample page of what you’ll get in my printable set designed to help you create your personal Homemaking Checklist.
Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can find that here.
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Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. If you don’t have a calendar, you can grab my free weekly printable calendar page here. It is in my shopify store, but it is totally free, so you won’t be prompted to put in any payment information. It is a free download and will be delivered straight to your email.
Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.
Step 3: How do you remove clutter? How Do You Declutter Your Home?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.
Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered.
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