Over the past four months, I've been on a decluttering roll - especially with my clothes.
I have tons of clothes - not branded or anything, but I've kept on to them because I could always fit into them, and 'maybe one day I will wear it'.
Well, guess what? That 'maybe one day' most likely never comes.
Over the past four months, I have gotten rid of six large garbage bags of clothes.
I'm trying to get rid of my shoes and bags too - so far only 10 pairs of shoes have been given away, and only 2 bags, but my cupboard has reduced significantly.
Here are a few things I have learnt in order to declutter effectively.
1. Do it every day.
If you do a massive spring clean once a year, most likely your cupboard is going to look good for one month at most, before you start buying new things and filling it up again. Soon, you're back to square zero.
The Salvation Army is coming to my house next week to collect some things, so what I have been doing every day is putting away things I want to give away. The rule is - once it goes into the donation box, I cannot look at it again and think 'Hey..well, maybe this is kinda cute!' and take it out again.
Also, when you do it every day, some days you feel like donating more, and some days you don't.
Inevitably, there are going to be items that you just want to hold on to - for me, what I do is I take it out of my cupboard and hang it up somewhere visible I can see, and if within the next two weeks (sometimes this stretches to a month) if I haven't worn it, or found an excuse to wear it, then it has to go into the donation heap.
2. Stop buying so much. One in, five out.
Of course, the temptation to buy a lot of stuff (now that there's a lot more cupboard space) is going to be there.
The new rule I abide by with is, if I really want to buy an item of clothing, I have to get rid of five.
This tests out how much you really want it, and also sometimes you might discover you already have something similar! (For instance, I have an obsession for black singlet tops. I discovered I had six the last count, when I really only need one. Or two! Two at max!)
3. Don't buy more space.
I'm living in a 40sqm apartment now, and my cupboard is not very large. I've been toying with the idea of buying a new garment rack - but I'm going to resist, because with a new garment rack, there's going to be new hangers, and inevitably, new clothes hanging on them! Keep space limited, and you'll discover what you really like and have a more 'efficient' wardrobe (you'll have less, but you'll be wearing a higher percentage of your clothes more often). Have you ever heard of that saying where you only wear 20% of your wardrobe? Imagine, 80% being nothing but pure clutter!
4. Focus on quality, not quantity.
Every time people told me this the last time, I used to be like PFFFT I am totally a quantity kind of girl! I love going to Platinum Mall and buying shitloads of clothes. Everything is so cute!!!
However, most of the stuff I get there, frays pretty easily too. There was this one dress I bought that was shrinking with every wear. It used to be up to my knees, then it came to a point where my colleagues were asking me 'Why are you being so slutty and wearing such a short dress?'
And there I was..thinking..but I don't remember this dress being so short..
5. Stop being a garbage bin
Because I'm quite a skinny girl, a lot of people tend to give me stuff that they can't fit anymore. I used to gleefully accept - but I have discovered that normally I end up not really wearing what they gave me (due to different styles, or sometimes, I discover after a while I HATE THAT BITCH!!!) then it also ends up taking up space.
Now I'm only a garbage bin to stuff I really like :D
PS. Angelica - I really like your stuff. *hint*
So, those are my five points on decluttering your wardrobe. And hey, I think if I've been able to get rid of so much stuff in the past few months, I'm at least a little bit qualified to write something about it :)