If there’s one thing that Marie Kondo has taught us all, it’s that less is the new more when it comes to our closets. Streamlining your wardrobe alleviates that ‘what do I wear’ in the morning stress, while adding simplicity to your life.
We’ve put together 5 ways you can get started if you’re struggling with an overstuffed closet and ready to declutter.
1. Do an initial cleanse.
Many of us are not wearing what we own already. Try doing a closet clean-out by taking anything out that you haven’t worn for a year or more. You’ll be surprised as to how much clothing is collecting dust in your closet and not being worn.
2. Try the hanger trick.
Still not sure what you’re really wearing in your closet? Try this easy wardrobe hack. Turn your hangers around to face outwards. As you wear each item over the next 90 days, turn them back around the proper way. At the end of 90 days, check out what’s facing the wrong way. This could be a good indication of items that you’re not wearing and can part with from your wardrobe.
3. Join a wardrobe challenge.
Want to really test your ability to wear your closet? Join a free virtual wardrobe challenge.
Give those items you’re not wearing a second chance in Encircled’s Wear Your Closet Challenge. In this 7-day challenge, you’ll take 7 items you rarely wear and wear them over the challenge duration. The catch? If you can’t style them or don’t love the looks, you have to vow to give them away at the end. The result? A more streamlined closet.
Looking to push your style creativity? Style Bee’s 10x10 challenge tests your ability to work with a minimal wardrobe. With this challenge, you can only wear 10 items over the 10 days. The result? Potentially some new outfit ideas - you’ll need to get creative to live this simply.
4. Find a place to put your once loved clothes.
Almost 80% of used clothing ends up in landfills. Why? People just throw it out because they don’t have any idea what else to do. Create your own fashion recycling network by researching options in your area for donating used items, or find a friend who’s a similar size who would love your once-loved items. Check out this resource page for options for what to do when you’re done wearing an item.
5. Challenge yourself to get creative with your current wardrobe.
You don’t have to be a fashion blogger to put together creative outfits. Today, the internet gives us all access to endless inspiration on how to style various clothing pieces that may be in your closet. A go-to resource for this is Pinterest. Simply search for your desired look, i.e. “Dark Denim Jeans Work Outfit” and watch the internet deliver. With more styling options, you’ll end up wearing the clothing you do have more often, and thus not need to constantly be shopping and adding unnecessary pieces to your wardrobe.
No matter what your closet looks like today, there is always an opportunity to better your closet through these easy suggestions.
What are your favourite ways to streamline your wardrobe?