You hate your wardrobe. Getting dressed in the morning is like going into battle. You never have anything to wear. The very idea of dealing with your wardrobe can trigger an anxiety attack… You can never find what you’re looking for… Sound familiar?
The tyranny of the cluttered wardrobe is real!
Yes, it certainly is a “first world problem”, but it’s nevertheless one that bothers a lot of us. Let’s learn from our mistakes and start getting more out of less!
Here are my essential tips for hoarders who want to de-clutter their wardrobes:
1. Ask yourself the question: Do you buy too much, or do you just fail to let go?
It’s easy to assume that an over-stuffed wardrobe is simply the result of consumer gluttony. In reality, if you’re quite careful with purchases and still have a wardrobe disaster zone, then your problem more likely stems from your failure to LET GO. If you fall in to this category, you are a hoarder and this article is for you. Let’s move on to the next section!
2. Get a grip on your personal style
Do you have a “personal style” or is your ‘style’ just random pieces of clothing strung together by a common thread of price / comfort / ease / familiarity et cetera? If you can’t sum up your “personal style” AND you have a cluttered wardrobe that gives you no pleasure (or worse, it gives you stress) then now is the time to seriously think about honing in on your personal style.
WHY? Defining your personal style will make it immediately clear which items no longer belong in your wardrobe (ie the items you can legitimately get rid of.)
If you are hoarder like me, you need reasons for why something should be thrown out, when you’d prefer just to keep it!
One of the easiest ways to judge whether something is worth keeping is whether it fits your personal style. Sure, those bootleg jeans looked great on you in 2001, but how do you feel about bootleg jeans today? Would you buy that cut now? If the answer is no, then you have found a legitimate reason to cull that item/items from your stash. It’s not you – or your style anymore.
Don’t feel guilty, times change and thankfully you have also. Just bag it up and move on.
Next: But what if I’m not interested in deciding on a personal style…?