Decluttering your wardrobe basically means limiting the clothes that each person in your home has in their wardrobe. That means that they each only have a fixed number of articles of clothing that need washing on a weekly basis.
Now, since I work from home, you can bet that my daily attire includes an elastic waistband. In fact, some days I don’t even change out of what I wore to bed (don’t judge me – you know you do it too).
But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a whole dresser and closet full of clothes. Plus, I’ve got three kids and each of them has a whole bunch of clothes.
Somehow, random stuff always winds up in the laundry hamper. Like, my daughter’s bathing suit bottoms show up in the dirty clothes in December.
Or, my 5-year old’s ninja Halloween costume from two years ago will show up at the bottom of the laundry hamper.
Where do these things come from!?
Each day, I try to focus on ways that I can be more present in each moment and really enjoy my day. That being said, there are tasks that need to be done that I just don’t really like.
Laundry is one of them.
So, how can I still have an enjoyable day even when there is laundry to do?
I can reduce the amount of laundry that gets dirty.
And, wardrobe decluttering is the perfect way to make that happen!
3 Simple Rules for Decluttering Your Wardrobe
Step One: Set Aside Some Tools and Get Some Boxes
Decluttering can take time. There are decisions that need to be made about each item and those decisions aren’t always easy.
But, you don’t have to declutter all of the closets in the house at one time. You can choose one closet and set aside an hour or so and get after it.
You will also need a few boxes. One for keep, one for donate, and one for hand-me-downs. Take all of the clothes out of the dresser and closet and make a pile on the bed.
As you’re going through the pile decide if each item you pick up is going to be kept, donated, or handed down to a smaller sized person in your family or friends circle.
When you’re thinking about the items to keep, you have to be really thoughtful about each item. Is it something that you love wearing? Do you feel comfortable and cozy in it? When you wear it does it make you feel beautiful or confident?
If it doesn’t check the boxes then don’t keep it.
Step Two: Whatever is in the hamper – you keep
Why? Because it’s been worn most recently.
But, take an inventory of what is in the laundry hamper. Those are the items that fit and that you all like to wear. Keep those in mind if you’re planning on filling in some gaps in anyone’s wardrobe.
For instance, my 12-year old loves to wear oversized hoodies and t-shirts. But, she’s only got one hoodie and it’s December right now.
So, I will probably buy her a couple of new oversized hoodies to fill in the gaps. Her pants are all too short so, I’ll cut a few into shorts and then buy her a few new pairs of jeans that are size tall (she’s 5’11”).
The 5-year old likes to wear jeans and long sleeve t-shirts. He’s got three size 7 long sleeve t-shirts in the hamper and three in his dresser. He’s all good. He doesn’t need any new tops.
The 3-year old just got a few t-shirts from his big brother and has a few in the hamper. He’s all good.
The hamper is a great place to find clothing items that you will want to keep and it makes the decluttering process a bit faster.
Step Three: Pretend you’re packing for a trip
Now that you have a good few piles of items that fit everyone and that they are actually wearing, it’s time to think about HOW MUCH of those piles you really need to keep.
This is the hard part and it’s totally a personal choice.
I think about it as though we were packing to go on a trip. We’ll be gone for 10 days. They need enough clothes for 10 days and that’s it.
That includes outfits, jammies, socks, undies, etc.
Are we going on a trip to the mountains in November or are we going on a trip to the beach in June? That will determine which of the seasonal items I keep.
For instance, the oversized hoodies, skullcaps, scarves, winter coats, board shorts, bathing suits, etc. If I’m keeping the cold weather stuff in the closet, then I put the warm weather stuff in a space bag, label it, and slide it under a bed.
Then, when it comes time to open the space bag, I go through these steps again for those items in the bag to make sure nothing has changed in the few months since I put them in storage.
If you keep 10-days of clothing for each person in the family, you can literally do laundry one day a week and get everyone’s clothes washed for the next 10-days.
My kids each have their own hamper and they put their dirty clothes in their individual hampers. My 12-year old washes her own laundry. But, she folds everyone’s laundry and they all put their own away.
By going through this wardrobe decluttering process a few times a year, I make sure that everyone has enough clothes. But, that I don’t have to waste energy doing unnecessary laundry.