Declutter your closet during the holiday season (Photo: iStock)

Amidst the craziness of our daily routines, our closets stand as a repository of both cherished ensembles and forgotten relics. Going unsupervised, these storage spaces can morph into chaos, signalling a need for a decluttering intervention.

A cluttered closet not only complicates the daily ritual of getting dressed but can also contribute to stress and a sense of disarray. Recognising the signs that it’s time to declutter and employing practical solutions can bring a refreshing sense of order and simplicity to your wardrobe.

Signs your closet needs decluttering

When your closet resembles a game of closet Tetris, and every attempt to slide in a new piece of clothing feels like a risky manoeuvre, it’s a clear sign that decluttering is in order. Start by categorising you’re clothing. Consider separating them by type for instance shirts, trousers, dresses etc or colour to make items more visually accessible. This not only helps in finding things quickly but also acts as an initial step in decluttering.

If you find yourself repeatedly passing over certain garments, forgetting you even own them, it’s a sign that these pieces may have overstayed their welcome. Institute a “wear or donate” rule. If an item hasn’t seen the light of day in the past six months to a year, consider parting ways with it. Create a donate pile for items still in good condition, fostering a sense of giving back.

When your closet refuses to acknowledge the changing seasons and you find yourself digging through layers of trench coats and leather jackets to locate a summer dress, it’s time to reassess your storage strategy.

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How to declutter

The three-box technique

Introduce three labelled boxes with the following labels, ‘Keep,’ ‘Donate/Sell,’ and ‘Trash’ to systematically assess each item in your closet. This method prompts decisive choices and encourages a clear separation between what stays and what goes. For items with sentimental value or those you’re uncertain about, consider a designated ‘maybe’ box. Revisit it after a few weeks to make more confident decisions.

The hanger test

Turn all hangers in one direction and after wearing an item, return it with the hanger facing the opposite way. After a set period, reassess untouched items providing a clear indication of pieces that could be let go. For a more visual cue, consider color-coding your hangers. This not only adds an organised aesthetic but also serves as a quick reference for items you might be overlooking.

Capsule wardrobe creation

Embrace the concept of a capsule wardrobe by curating a small collection of versatile, high-quality items that can be mixed and matched. This not only streamlines your closet but also simplifies your daily clothing decisions. Explore the idea of seasonal capsules to adapt to changing weather, ensuring your wardrobe is consistently relevant and easy to manage.

Maintaining a clutter-free zone

Make decluttering a regular habit, scheduling sessions every season to reassess your wardrobe. This proactive approach prevents the accumulation of unnecessary items and ensures your closet remains a curated space.

Create a wardrobe calendar, setting aside specific times for seasonal assessments. This visual reminder helps maintain consistency in your decluttering routine.

Utilise shelves, hanging organisers or hooks to maximise the vertical space in your closet. This not only provides additional storage but also prevents the visual clutter associated with overstuffed shelves.

Implement the “one in, one out” rule for vertical storage. When adding a new item, consider removing an older one to maintain a balanced and organized arrangement.