Spring clean your wardrobe with these must-know decluttering tips 9



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Why is it that we can have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear? Well, we just seem to amass clothing and only wear about 20 per cent of it, sadly. On a positive note, it’s just that time of year to refresh your wardrobe and spring clean.

But where to start? Well, you could organise everything properly for starters! Here’s how to make your wardrobe better today….

1. To begin cleaning out your wardrobe, take everything out of it.

2. When choosing clothes to keep, ask yourself a few important questions to decide which clothes you don’t need:

  • Does it fit?
  • Have I worn it in the last 12 months?
  • Would I wear it again?
  • If I saw it in a store now, would I buy it?
  • Do I love the way it looks on me?
  • Is it undamaged?

If you answer ‘no’ to any of these questions, consider donating, selling or throwing it out.

3. Hang the items you want to keep in your closet neatly so you can see everything you own in one glance.

4. Use the backwards hanger strategy when putting clothes back into your closet to get a better idea of the items you wear often.

The backwards hanger strategy works by hanging up all the items you are undecided on and face the hook towards you when you open your closet door. If you use an item, hang normally. At the end of the month/year, check which clothes hangers haven’t been turned around and ditch those clothes.

5. To keep everything looking fresh and neat, get new hangers – it will instantly perk up your wardrobe.

6. Use garment organisers to separate your clothes into categories that work for you – seasons, occasions, type of item, etc.

7. Fold heavy clothes, especially jumpers and jackets that may lose their shape on a coat hanger.

8. When folding the clothes you want to keep, try to think of a way of organising them before placing them into drawers or up onto shelves.

9. Assess your reject pile and decide which items can be sold with these questions:

  • Does it fit?
  • Is it your style?
  • Is it lightly worn?
  • Is it expensive?

If you answered ‘no’ then you can attempt to sell it for a profit so you didn’t entirely waste money buying it.

10. If there isn’t anything wrong with the items that you do not want to keep, consider giving them away. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Can you sell it?
  • Is it torn or broken?
  • Is it discoloured?
  • Is it underwear?

If the answer’s ‘no’, then it’s time to go!

11. When you look at an article of your old clothing and just think ‘no’, then maybe it is destined to be thrown out, especially if it’s torn or broken or is old underwear.

12. If you want to go one step further with organisation, consider drawer organisers that will turn your drawers from chaos into calm.


What are your clothes organisation tips? How many clothes do you have and what do you do with unwanted items? Tell us below.

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  1. I must be the exception to the rule. I have a small but lovely wardrobe that I bought when I lost weight 3 1/2 years ago. I basically wear things until they wear out and then I replace them. By only having a small wardrobe you wear things a lot so they tend to wear out quicker than otherwise.

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    • Mike here-I too have a small wardrobe of clothing which I wear until it is worn out, got an invite to a 70’s themed party the other day, was asked whether I could lay my hands on some 70’s gear. Not a problem, my small wardrobe is full of it, Junes side of our walk in however is overflowing into my side.

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  3. i lost a lot of weight once before and tossed out all my too big clothes. now ive gained weight i wish i hadnt so imnot tossing all my smaller clothes out ( ive learned that lesson )

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