WK4: Declutter Your Clothes, Linens, & Accessories

This week we are going to focus on decluttering (and emotionally detoxing) our wardrobe, as well as our linens, and personal accessories!

This means it’s time to sort through your:

  • Shirts & Sweaters
  • Pants, shorts, and/or skirts
  • Dresses and/or Suits
  • Seasonal clothing items
  • Recreational clothing items
  • Hats, scarves, gloves
  • Shoes
  • Belts
  • Purses
  • Towels & washcloths
  • Sheets & blankets
  • Etc.

In addition to this, I’m also going to ask you continue to implement a compassionate self-care routine as we discussed in WK3 and be aware of any limiting beliefs that may surface during this part of the decluttering challenge.

For some, decluttering your wardrobe may come easy. For others it could be a trigger that causes self-doubt and criticism to arise. Again, be gentle and kind to yourself. Don’t berate yourself for investing in clothing you ended up not wearing or for not being able to fit into certain outfits you wish you could still wear.

The key here is to embrace where you are at in this moment in life and choose to keep only those items that bring you joy (or that remain a necessity until a more suitable replacement is found).

Before you begin, let’s set an intention: 

  • Do you want to keep only the items you enjoy wearing?
  • Do you want to keep only the items that make you feel good about yourself?
  • Do you want dresser drawers that close easily, rather than overflowing with excess clothing?
  • Do you want a closet that is neatly arranged, making it easy to find your next outfit?
  • Do you want less laundry to do?
  • Do you want a clean bedroom, free of clothes lying on top of furniture or scattered in piles on the floor?

Whatever motivates you the most, remember that setting an intention for this aspect of the de-cluttering challenge will help you stay on track and be more likely to succeed in creating a space that nurtures and inspires you to reach your true potential.

Choose your method:

Like before you can try this a couple different ways…

  1. You can take baby steps by doing one drawer or closet at a time.
  2. Or you can use the Konmari method of taking EVERYTHING out of your drawers and closets, placing the items in one single location, and sorting through each individual piece of clothing, one at a time ~ asking yourself if this particular item brings you joy.

The first method creates less chaos and may be good if you’re short on time…but it does make it harder to stay on task. It’s too easy to stop at one or two drawers and forget about the rest.

The second method will turn your space upside down—creating more chaos—but remember it’s only temporary, and it encourages you to go through your things in one major overhaul!

Regardless of the method you choose, it’s important to establish the criteria for what you are keeping, and what you’ll do with the rest!!

Questions to ask yourself to help you decide whether or not you should keep something:

  1. Do I enjoy wearing it? If not, say farewell!
  2. Do I wear it regularly (or seasonally)? If not, say goodbye!
  3. Is it torn, faded, or falling apart? It goes!
  4. Is it extremely out of date and I’m likely to never wear it again? Adios!
  5. Do I have more than one? Keep one and the other goes!
  6. Do I need a new one, but can’t afford to replace it at the moment? (Keep it for now, but make a list of what you want to replace, and toss the old one as soon as you bring the new one in the door!)

Additional criteria I use when choosing whether or not to keep an item in my wardrobe:

  1. If it was a gift or inherited, but I don’t like it—it goes!
  2. If it makes me feel guilty for having invested the money, but not worn it—bye bye!
  3. If it makes me feel ashamed that I haven’t lost the weight I’ve been meaning to lose—farewell! 

What to do with the items YOU ARE NOT keeping??

  1. Recycle them if possible.
  2. Donate them to goodwill if still in good use and appropriate.
  3. Sell them (if it’s worth the time and effort!)
  4. Give it to someone else if it’s appropriate (and ONLY IF THEY NEED IT!! We don’t want to burden someone else with more clutter)
  5. Throw it away.

The key here is to move the stuff you’re not keeping QUICKLY!!

Do not create a pile or box of stuff that you’re going to get to someday. Whatever you decide to do with it, it needs to happen by the end of this week! Otherwise you risk a new pile of clutter that will collect more dust and be another burden to deal with later.

For everything else you are keeping…clean up the dust and dirt in your drawers and closet, wash the items if necessary and put them away. Yes, that’s all I want you to do for now.

Do not risk getting caught up in finding new storage systems, as this will take time and energy away form accomplishing next week’s challenge J Good luck!!

And don’t forget to share your progress, ask questions, or request support in the Facebook group when you need it!

If you’d like to get in touch with me privately to discuss any aspect of this week’s challenge, email me at: darcey@thecompassionatehome.com .

I can’t wait to hear about your results!!

Happy Decluttering!!