How to Declutter Clothes the Quick, Easy & Stress-Free Way

by Simplify

Simplifying our clothes is a form of self-care, but decluttering clothes can be a very emotional process. We all have some items in our wardrobes that we do not wear but don’t want to get rid of.

Perhaps the most common example is having gained weight and keeping clothes a couple of sizes smaller in the hope to wear them again one day. Dawn from The Minimal Mom teaches the best way to declutter clothes without the stress and panic that usually comes with it.

The main principle of the process is that we deserve to have clothes that fit and that we feel good in. The idea is to build out your wardrobe on your bed from scratch, based on what you currently wear a lot and enjoy wearing.

Decide how many items you need in each category of clothing. If you need four pairs of leggings in your everyday life and you own three pairs that you like at the moment, now you know what to shop for, and your shopping will be much more intentional.

What is left in the end is stuff that did not make the cut. Your options for these items are simple: pack away, donate, or sell.

Storing things you hope to fit in someday outside of your wardrobe helps avoid the pressure of throwing them out, as well as the stress and shame of seeing them every day. Obviously, you should limit yourself in the number of things that you keep that way.

How to declutter clothes

The beauty of this method is that you do not have to go through your entire wardrobe evaluating each piece, which can be exhausting and stressful, but rather start with your favorites.

In the end, you get a full wardrobe that consists only of things that make you feel confident. Now when you are looking for an outfit in the morning, everything is an option.

How to declutter clothes

Now that you know how to declutter clothes in an objective and stress-free way, go ahead and try it! Don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments below.

For more decluttering tips, check out the discover this guide on 30 days to a clean and organized house or the most common decluttering mistakes and how to fix them.

To see more videos, check out The Minimal Mom YouTube channel.

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  • Gayle Gayle on Apr 19, 2023

    Such a great way to understand the concept of no longer needing items. Love this concept.! Easier to face a closet or cupboard! Thank you

  • Lor69086152 Lor69086152 on Oct 25, 2023

    I just watched your awesome video at a time where I sure need some direction, clothes wise. So I want to thank you for this great method, looking forward to tackling my bedroom closet now. No more impulse buying!