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Friday, 29 May 2015

Decluttering My Wardrobe Slowly

I want my wardrobe to look like this:

Via Google Images

The problem is that it doesn't.  If I showed you a picture of what my closet really looks like, you would likely rear back in horror.  I live in a small home without a lot of storage.  I have one closet and it isn't a walk-in. Besides my closet, I have 3 drawers in a dresser that I share with Monsieur.  Because there isn't a lot of storage in the home,  my closet has become a dumping ground for other things besides clothes.  It has got to a point where trying to hang up something involves a lot of pushing and shoving and a certain degree of anger.  Have you heard of Marie Kondo?  All of a sudden she is being talked about everywhere.  Her method involves dumping all of one's clothes on the floor and decluttering in one shot.  Now I have a confession to make which probably won't shock you.  I have a sentimental attachment to my clothes, especially the ones that I wore to a significant event.  The thought of doing a huge declutter all at once filled me with feelings of overwhelm.  Also, if I got rid of everything I didn't like, I would probably end up with just the clothes I am currently wearing.  But something had to be done so I thought I would start with my sock drawer.  After all, what could be difficult about discarding holey socks and bagged out tights?

So, not the most Pinterest-worthy photo on the planet but every time I look at my sock drawer, I am filled with delight and a sense of accomplishment.  I did the same to my lingerie drawer which I won't show here (TMI) and then to my last remaining drawer which holds sweaters and t shirts.  

I have to say that folding everything into small packets is a fantastic idea.  Now I can see everything at a glance.  Having scaled these small mountains, I have started the process of decluttering my wardrobe by going through my closet one item at a time and really asking myself if I want to keep it.  It goes against Marie Kondo's advice of doing a big declutter in one sitting but it is working for me.  I have also been doing a lot of research into building a capsule wardrobe.  Have you heard of Project 333?  Basically, you put together a capsule wardrobe of 33 items which you wear for 3 months.  I am a creature of habit and I know that I tend to wear my favourite clothes over and over again.  Most people wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time.  I think my percentage of clothes worn is probably 10%!  So if I concentrate on removing the excess and just focus on keeping my favourites, I think that will make the decluttering process a lot easier.  Last night, I did a tally of my favourite Spring/Summer items and realized I had the makings of a 33 item capsule wardrobe!  I was so thrilled and excited.  What does your wardrobe look like?  Please let me know of any tips or tricks you have up your sleeve!

I am linking up with A Stroll Thru Life.


Joy@aVintageGreen said...

I too get pleasure seeing the socks rolled, the shirts folded etc. Small pleasures are important.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow / Sacred Eclectic said...

I should do this...mine's a mess :)

Sweet N Tidy said...

Really good idea in rolling things. It is easier to see that way

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