It shouldn't take long to de-clutter and re-organise your wardrobe and here's how!
Does your wardrobe resemble something from a clothing and shoe war zone? Or perhaps it's all tidy, but is bursting to the brim with old clothes rarely or never worn (sometimes it may be new clothes that have never been worn either!). Whatever the situation, if you want to get rid of the old, create some space and just re-organise, you really can do it in 15 minutes!
The key is having a system and sticking to it once you start. With organisation of this kind you have to be brutal. It's a bit like my general rules for decluttering that you must ask yourself very briefly every time you sort an item of clothing, pair of shoes or accessories.
* Have I worn it in the last 3 months (up to 6 months if a seasonal item of clothing)?
* If I saw this in a shop now, would I buy it?
* Does it really and truly fit me well?*
* Do I only have 1 of this exact item?
* Can I think of another event coming up that I would wear this to?
If the answer to any of those questions is no when you are deciding whether to keep each item from your wardrobe then you need to ditch it!
Some of the things that go through people's minds when de-cluttering often stop them from making quick and definite decisions. For example, "What if I need it one day? What if I lose weight/put on weight and fit into this again? This cost me a lot of money, but I've barely worn it. I can't justify throwing away good clothes when there's still lots of wear left in them!"
I've been there and thought those things. The truth is if you haven't worn it for a long time, it is highly unlikely you will again. You can donate to charity what is still good quality and feel good about it. If it was expensive you can always sell it on one of the many online selling pages and make some money so you can buy something new that you'll actually wear! If you're unsure as to when was the last time you wore something and really can't bear to part with it just yet, I recommend putting a sticker or label on that item with the date on it. You can then see in 3-6 months time whether it has been worn or not as you can take the tag off if you do end up wearing it.
When I do a big wardrobe sort, I get every single thing out and put each thing back in one at a time, asking myself mentally all of the questions mentioned previously. I am honest and totally brutal about it these days and it really works! It should take you no more than 15 minutes and if it does take longer then you are not being brutal enough as you should be able to look at an item, briefly consider the questions for de-cluttering and choose to keep it or ditch it! I now end up with a wardrobe full of things I actually regularly get wear from and I tend to wear more of a variety of clothes because I can actually see everything I've got at a glance.
One of the other things I do to save space in my wardrobe is to limit what goes onto coat hangers. If you have any drawers or shelving, why not consider the rolling-up method for items such as jeans or casual t-shirts and jumpers. It's a real space saver and again helps you to see more of what you've got in front of you so you can make quick decisions when choosing an outfit.