Wednesday 25 January 2017

De-Cluttering My Wardrobe


If like me, you have a tendency to hold onto clothes much longer than necessary, and have a wardrobe bursting full of clothes you don't wear, then I might have some tips for you!

I thought I would share with you all a few methods on how to de-clutter your own wardrobe! I think it's good to do this a few times a year, if not once per season to see what you do and don't wear on a regular basis.

Usually I'll give away the odd bag or two to charity, and I'll cling on to my 'maybe' clothes praying that one day I will fit into them! Or they are just too pretty to leave my wardrobe. Taking inspiration from Marie Kondo (I haven't read her book yet, but I've heard about it, it's one of those books I keep meaning to read!) and some of my own methods, hopefully you can de-clutter your wardrobe.

1. Hold the piece of clothing
Does it bring you joy? (reference to Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life) If it doesn't make you happy why do you have it? Get rid.

2. Do you fit into it?
If it doesn't fit you, or you aren't comfy in it why are you holding onto it? And don't answer that you'll lose weight. We all know that's unlikely to happen, and you can't guarantee to lose the weight in all the right places. Get rid.

3. Have you worn it recently?
I'm guilty of not wearing a lot of my clothes, I'm unsure as to why because I fit into a lot more than I thought! If you haven't worn it and don't think you'll have an occasion to wear it...Get rid.

4. Try it on
Find a day where you can try on the whole of your wardrobe, this way you'll see what you fit into, and what you don't like anymore. Make three piles: 'Keep', 'Maybe' and 'To go" try and minimise the 'Maybe' pile, as I tend to have bigger maybe piles than to 'Keep'. The only way you're going to have a deep cleanse is to try and keep it to 'Keep' and 'To go' but sometimes you need a second opinion. If it doesn't fit, doesn't suit you, doesn't enthuse you to wear it...Get rid.

Now, don't think I'm being preachy without taking on the task at hand. See below my pictures of my brutal de-cluttering! (These pictures aren't amazing, but I wanted to document the process)

Before: All of the clothes I wasn't sure about and wanted to try on.

After: (Excuse the writing, I had to save this image from my Snapchat..oops) Hopefully you can see that the 'To go' pile is bigger than my 'Maybe' and 'Keep' pile!

Because a lot of the clothes were brand new with tags, and never worn before I decided to try and sell my items on Depop ( so I took pictures of all thirty items (YES, 30!!) and see how it goes. Then I've folded them up waiting for their new owner to purchase them!

After making my 'Maybe' pile, I have decided to get rid of pretty much all of it, and they were jackets that wouldn't do up (what's the point of having a jacket if it doesn't zip up??) I've tried to be as brutal as possible, as my wardrobe has been bursting with clothes I don't wear and was hanging onto for far too long. I've had some items for seven/eight years and hadn't worn them in a few years!

I honestly recommend doing this, go through your clothes, pyjama's, socks and underwear, you'll feel so much better for clearing out, and you'll hopefully end up with more space!

I do usually give my clothes to charity, but because there were so many brand new items with tags on I've decided to sell. I haven't really done this before, and I do need the extra pennies to try and get out of my overdraft. (See 'Why I'm On A Spending Ban')

I hope my few tips and tricks have either helped or inspired you! Let me know in the comments if you've tried this, and how much you decide to get rid of!

Love Saffron x


  1. I really like this post! I love having a massive clear out sometimes but I'm so bad with wanting to keep clothes because I think one day it will come in really handy and it doesn't!

    1. Aww thank you! Yes I've always been like that! But I just don't have the space anymore as my small room has been suffering! xx

  2. I read this somewhere and it works for me. Every time you wear a piece of clothing, when you hang it back up in your wardrobe, hang it on the right hand side, facing the opposite direction from all the others. At the end of the season, you can see very clearly which clothes you've worn and which ones you haven't. Get rid of the ones you haven't worn all season, 'cause you are not likely to wear them the following year, either. And you'll have all that extra room to fill with new clothes! Great post, Saffron!

    1. Yes I've read that also! I've never given it a go, so I might try that as well, thank you Kay xx


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