4 Simple and Practical Closet Decluttering Tips for an Effective April Cleaning
There is no denying that summer is already here! Time to box all the jackets and sweaters, and bring out your bikinis and swimsuit cover-ups for that perfect beach get-up!
To make the rummaging a bit easier for you, we've prepared a guide to help you declutter and find just what you need (and perhaps rediscover essential items you even forgot you have!).
1. Schedule a decluttering session with yourself.
We understand how busy a gal you are. And, honestly, it's definitely more convenient to just take five minutes during a hectic morning commute and scan through Zalora or Net-a-Porter. But a clutter-free home environment has more benefits than just saving you a couple of bucks.
For one, gone will be the days when you would stress about how you just don't have enough clothes. So, take your planner and allot one free weekend for this activity. Non-negotiable.
2. Do it in batches.
There's a reason we always tend to put off decluttering: It's so overwhelming! We feel you! It difficult to get started whenn you don't even know where to start. That's why we're taking that concern off your chest by telling you to start with your closet, specifically the tops and shirt section.
This type of clothing tends to take the bulk in our closets, and what better way to create a stress-free environment than by getting rid of the most clutter.
Based on experience, there are three questions I ask myself when deciding whether or not to keep an item.
a. "Does it spark joy?" Yes, in true Marie Kondo fashion. We tend to repeatedly wear the clothes that make us feel happy. So it makes perfect sense to just toss or donate those that do not.
b. "Does it fit me?" If an item brings me joy, then it qualifies for this second question. No matter how hard we try to hold on to sentimental pieces, like that souvenir shirt I bought from my first ever out-of-town solo travel, if it no longer fits, then there's no reason to keep it.
It will only end up taking more space in your closet.
c. "If I find this particular item in a shop, will I want to buy it?" Because let's be honest. Even if a clothing sparks joy and fits you perfectly, if it's no longer matches your style, it has to go.
3. Fold or hang nicely.
And we mean, taking your time folding each item meticulously. By doing so, you will be able to see the smallest imperfections, like an otherwise unnoticeable stain mark, or a hem that needs re-stitching.
As for hanging clothes, here's a pro tip: Buy and use similar clothes hangers. They make the closet look more organized and spacious.
4. Repeat the steps, as necessary.
If you're schedule is really as hectic as you say, it helps to divide your closet into categories. Do the shirts and tops first, then the pants, and so on.
I managed to clean my wardrobe of more than half the number of items I initially had. I was surprised to find out that I actually have a lot of clothes I could wear and just didn't notice. Now, when I look at what I have, I immediately know what I feel like wearing on that day.
Remember: No mess, no stress.