HOW TO DECLUTTER YOUR WARDROBE
Wow! Thank you so much for the amazing response to last week’s Blog Post. I’m so excited to have you join me on this journey to Sewing with a Plan. In Step 1 of SWAP, we will declutter our wardrobes. I’ve done the work ahead of time in order to guide you through the process. Are you ready? Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea, a snack, and let’s dive in.
Before we begin decluttering our wardrobes, I want to address an issue that several women brought up in response to the Series. They expressed an interest in discovering their style. I think this is essential in helping us to know what kind of garments we should be sewing for ourselves. However, I believe the topic of personal style is a complicated one on which I have no expertise. Therefore, I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Glenda K. Harrison. In her book, TRUE STYLE—A Look Beyond the Surface, she describes style as: “an integrated life – when all aspects, including wardrobe, are in harmony.” While uncovering the six layers that reveal who we are on the inside, she helps us to understand the difference between style and fashion. I enjoyed reading Glenda’s book when she launched it last year, and walked away with a better understanding about how personal style affects every other area of our lives, including wardrobe. I recommend this quick read if you need to discover your own personal style.
Glenda will be joining us next week to give away a copy of her book. If you’d like to enter for a chance to win True Style—A Look Beyond the Surface, you must be subscribed to this blog, then ENTER DRAWING HERE (Drawing Closed). All entries must be submitted by Friday, November 23rd at 11:59 pm, Pacific Time. The winner will be announced next Wednesday, November 28th. If you can’t wait, and want a copy right away, you may order HERE now. To learn more about Glenda, you may contact and follow her on these sites: Website / YouTube / Instagram
LET'S DECLUTTER THAT WARDROBE
Now that we’ve addressed personal style, let’s move into our closets. This is a crucial step in our SWAP. The purpose of decluttering is to make room for garments that create a more functional wardrobe. Let’s begin.
You’re gonna need some boxes and packing tape. Label your boxes as follows:
- 1. Donate (Create a generic charity box, or identify specific charities for your donations)
- 2. Sale (Yard Sale, Consignment Store, Online Sites, etc.)
- 3. Family/Friends (Relatives, Friends, Co-Workers, Classmates)
- 4. Your Title (You have total control over where your items will go.)
As you remove items from your closet, put them directly into the boxes, taping them closed as they fill up. I’ve given you 6 Rounds to complete the purge. If you can get it all done in fewer rounds, go for it. Take your time and don’t feel obligated to finish in one day.
A note about Round 4: Notice I said “CONSIDER” removing these sentimental items. I realize that some of us have things in our closets that were given to us by loved ones who are no longer with us, or items that have special meaning for various other reasons. You must use your own judgement as to whether or not it’s time to remove the items.
After going through all six rounds, if you feel the need to continue, by all means, keep going until you have decluttered your closet of all items that are no longer functional. After you’re done, get the boxes out of the house as soon as you can. Don’t allow the temptation to remain in your space. Whatever you do, DO NOT RE-OPEN THOSE BOXES!!!
When your purge is complete, take some time to organize what you have left. Group all like items together, and enjoy your new space. I was able to declutter my closet in one full day and I’m already reaping the benefits because I no longer need to flip through the clutter to find an outfit. Your purge may take more or less time, depending on the current state of your space and time availability. Once I started, there was no stopping me. I purged the shoes, hats and handbags too. I even decluttered all my drawers. Hahaha!!! This girl was on a role. Exhale! I’m ready to take the next step.
I see at least 4 pairs that have been in the closet for years, and I never wore them. Shaking my head!
Wow! Look at all the beige and white hats. They’re all the same. WOW! Note to self: Check your stash before buying another hat.
I don’t have a large handbag stash, but there are still way more than I use. These were just taking up space.
I can still wear the pieces that are left in my closet. However, once I start sewing again, most of them will be replaced because, while I like them, I’m not in love with every piece. I want to LOVE my wardrobe.
There it is folks! That’s all I have left in my closet. I asked my sons what they thought. One said it looks the same, and the other said it’s still a lot. Who asked them? Boys!!! Hahaha!
Are you ready to work? Talk to me! Tell me what your takeaway is from this post. If you have any tips you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments below. Do you have questions? I’d love to hear your feedback.
After decluttering your closet, you’ll be one step closer to Sewing with a Plan. Next week we will move into the planning stage. I encourage you to complete Step 1 first, before moving ahead. See you here next week!
I would love to see photos of your journey. When posting to social media, please use the tag #anitabydesign. Let’s share our progress along the way.
I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
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