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The Minimalist Way to Declutter Your Closet

Updated on January 23, 2018

Do you constantly feel like you have nothing to wear (with a closet full of clothes)? Getting organized seems like a good plan, specially when it comes to our beloved clothes, but once we start doing it, it soon becomes a living nightmare. The bed gets full of clothes, piles and piles of items you had no idea you had on the bedroom floor, a very messy bed... But is a task that has to be done in order to keep our lives neat and tidy (and to spend less time wondering what to wear in the morning). And whether you want to become a minimalist, or just want to reduce the amount of clothes you own, aproaching your closet with a minimalist thinking can only help you. So, are you ready to organize your closet, the minimalist way? If so, keep reading this.

A few tips first: to make this tedious task easier, ask yourself this two questions first: what is the style I want to portray, and what to do with the clothes I no longer want? I know this can sound dauting, but do some research, find inspiration, create moodboards so you can visualize your future style easier. And then create a pile for the clothes that you don't want. After this, you can either put them in trash, or donate them.

Ask yourself this two questions first: what is the style I want to portray, and what to do with the clothes I no longer want?

Now that you know where and when, let's answer the how. Well, to make this task less time-spending, easier and funner, I put together a questionaire you should ask yourself when declutering. When debating whether you should keep an item or not, use them.

Does it fit your current style? Choosing your style is a whole different post, but thinking broady about this, think about your current style. Is it classic or a little bit edgy? Bohemian or preppy? Casual or formal? Try to visualize yourself using that piece in the near future, and if you can't, it may be time to get rid of it.

Do you need it? When we have a lot of clothes in our closet, it's easy to have tons of clothes we, not only don't use, but don't need. So be honest about it and ask yourself, do you really need all that pieces of clothing that you have in duplicate?

Have you used this in the last year? If you can't remember the last time you wore it, then it's time to go. Think about it this way: if you didn't had the need or the will to use it in the last year, you probably won't need it in the future.

Will you use it in the future? This one can be tricky because we all start to imagine possible situations when we will need exactly a piece like you have now. But trow away 'might's' and 'ifs' and think about your day to day life. If that item doesn't fit in your vision, then it should go to the donate pile.

Do you love it? This one is probably the easiest to answer. If that piece doesn't leave you excited when you think about wearing it, then maybe is just not the right piece of clothing for you.

If you were moving, would you keep this? When we move we tend to leave behind things that no longer fit our needs, so , when cleaning up your closet, think like if you were moving, and you can only bring a limited amount of pieces. Which ones do you choose?

So, to summarize:

  • Does it fit your current style?
  • Do you need it?
  • Have you used this in the last year?
  • Will you use it in the future?
  • Do you love it?
  • If you were moving, would you keep this?

Don't be too hard on yourself if this techniques don't work right away. It takes time to get parted of things that we own, and nobody became a minimalist over night. It's a process, but one worth going through, so use this questions when organizing your closet and always remember, fashion should be fun!

It's a process, but one worth going through!


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      Haley Kieser 3 weeks ago from Arizona

      Great article. Love the title and the opening sentence - this is me every day I'm choosing an outfit to wear for the day. I have purging old clothes on my to-do list currently. I'll definitely keep in mind your article when I tackle it. Again, great article! Really good stuff.