5 tips for de-cluttering your wardrobe

2018-09-09 Capsule 1There’s definitely an autumnal chill lurking underneath this lovely September weather. So, yay – autumn capsule time!

This week, I’ve been refreshing my wardrobe in readiness for autumn. I took my usual steps of reviewing my summer capsule, letting go anything which wasn’t working for me and selecting clothes for my autumn capsule.

This process definitely gets slicker the more I do it, but I felt there were a few pitfalls that I had to side-step pretty nimbly, so thought I would share them.


5 tips for de-cluttering:

1.  Try it on: Yes, it’s time-consuming. Yes, I know you probably loved it last autumn. Yes, it probably fitted you like a glove last year. But you know what – things change. Don’t guess, try it on. Oh, and use a full-length mirror.

2.  Define your terms: As we used to be told when writing essays! Marie Kondo advises only keeping clothes (and indeed items) that spark joy. The Minimalists encourage you to keep only those items that add value. Most capsule wardrobe enthusiasts recommend keeping what you love. But what do these phrases actually mean for you? I caught myself deciding to keep an item because ‘I love it’. Really? And yet I haven’t worn it lately. Minimalism has shown me that ‘loving’ something goes far beyond admiring a colour or a shape or being attached to something because of a past memory. ‘Loving’ something means knowing it suits me and my lifestyle, reaching for it and then wearing it frequently. If it just hangs in the wardrobe, I don’t really ‘love’ it.

3.  Consider what else it goes with: This isn’t a theoretical exercise. The key to a capsule is flexibility and versatility. If a piece doesn’t go with at least three others, it’s all too easy to get bored with it.

4.  Review all your capsules: There are clothes that I don’t include in my main capsule such as underwear, exercise wear and night wear – my mini-capsules! But these are not an excuse to over-indulge. As they’re not in the main capsule, they can be easy to overlook. They need regular de-cluttering too.

5.  If you’re new to de-cluttering, experiment: You don’t have to permanently discard items if you’re genuinely unsure about them – simply place them out of sight. Just don’t rush out to replace or buy anything. Start wearing your capsule and experiment with different combinations – what you have may already be enough.

But above all, remember – it’s only clothes! Have a great week 😊

  6 comments for “5 tips for de-cluttering your wardrobe

  1. September 9, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Definitely agree with packing things away for a while then revisit. I’m currently revisiting boxes from a move 18 months ago. It’s emotionally much easier to sort, sell, dump or give away. Although finding my unused running gloves before winter was a bonus. The darker nights are on their way brrrr. Loved the post 👍🏼xx

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    • September 9, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Hiya Nik, it’s amazing the different perspective you can get with a little distance and 18 months must make a considerable difference. And score re the running gloves!! Lxx


  2. September 9, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Best tip is to pack something away, not replace and see if we go back and get it at any point. We encourage our clients to do this with home furnishings that are in limbo. Most of the time these things move out after a few months but it is a process for some to let go. I can see this happening with clothing too. Great post!

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    • September 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Laurel, glad you liked it. Great to be able to apply the same principles to home furnishings too, Lxx


  3. September 9, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Great read and very true. I’m a bit of a Horder, and I’m trying to lose weight at the moment so I’m in between sizes and what feels comfortable. But I’ll have to give this a go in spring 🙂 thank you!

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    • September 9, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Hi there, thanks a million for your comment 🙂 I absolutely hear you with the ‘caught between sizes’ issue and have been there too many times myself! Spring seems a good season to aim for with giving a capsule wardrobe a go – good luck 🙂 Lxx


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