I don't know about you but I feel like I spend a third of my life looking for things around my house, pulling out draws & routing at the back of my closet. Therefore as we approach the colder seasons here in Melbourne, I decided it was the perfect time to declutter and create a minimalist wardrobe. Decluttering and becoming a minimalist is an ongoing process and can be done in many aspects of your life. You can start by doing one big purge, here are my top tips to get you started:
- Start by taking everything out of your wardrobe, clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories. Lay it all out on the floor.
- Make a pile for each clothing item. For example, a pile of dresses, a pile of jeans, a pile of jackets.
- Time to declutter. Go through each pile, do you really need and wear all 6 pairs of jeans - NO you don't!
- Create a sell, donate and keep pile. You can even make a recycle pile, maybe turn a stained tee into a cleaning cloth or contact your local textile recycling centre. (Hot tip: If you live in an apartment block, put up a poster on your notice board for the clothing recycle collection)
- You must only keep what you truly love and wear, does it bring joy to your life? This is where you need to get real!
Think you could declutter further?That's cool, when I did it I wasn't 100% sure I had removed everything I could. So over the next 3 weeks I did a little test:
- Hang all of your clothes in your wardrobe and move everything to one side, leaving a little space on the other.
- Each time you pull something out to wear, put it back in that little space you created.
- Over the next 3 - 4 weeks you will start to notice the items you wear more often and those you don't.
- The items you don't wear - go back and carry out the 5 steps above.