I thought I would tackle the wardrobe today and slowly work my way around the rest of the house over the coming weeks. I have, of course, de-cluttered my wardrobe before and the way I did it then was to take every single item out of the wardrobe and only put back what you really, really love. Anyone who has tackled this way of de-cluttering would know that it takes a looooonnnnngggg time to do this. The article that I read about had a much better idea. It suggested that you work with the number 7. Choose 7 tops, 7 bottoms, 7 coats/dresses, 7 accessories and 7 pairs of shoes. This was very easy as everyone knows that you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. I chose these items very carefully however as you MUST be able to mix and match. I know that I will have enough different outfits to get me through the autumn/winter months. So once these items were chosen, the rest of the clothes were re-located to the empty wardrobe in the spare room. I don't want to throw anything out just yet as I think that this de-clutter should be done twice a year.....autumn/winter and spring/summer. When I do the spring/summer changeover I think most of the autumn/winter clothes will be well and truly worn out. I must also say that I have kept my "yard clothes" as I will only use my chosen wardrobe when I have visitors or if I go shopping.
So hear are the before and after photos.
|I have been fairly organised with my wardrobe....dresses/coats in one area, bottoms on the top rail, tops on the bottom rail...just too many clothes!|
|This area has become out of control.....too many t-shirt and tops|
|Too many shoes. Some haven't been worn for many years!|
|The "7" wardrobe. It looks very sparse but I know that I can work with it.|
|What I have noticed is that I still have too many black coats/tops....but good for the autumn/winter wardrobe|
|It was easy to pick seven pair of shoes because I am not really a "shoe" person. I just picked the most comfortable!|