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Why Do You Need To Declutter Your Wardrobe

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Clutters in your wardrobe

Clutters tend to gather in our wardrobe over a period of time. There will be clothes that are too rugged, too small, too big, unwanted or just unsightly but we are just too attached to it to either throw it away or just donate it to charity.

Recently I decided to declutter my wardrobe because I find that it is getting too messy and majority of my clothes are just lying in it. Not only they are taking up space, it is also tiring to tidy up the the huge amount of clothes.

**Note**The above photo is the amount of clothes that I had threw out of my wardrobe.

6 Reasons Why We Are So Attached To Our Old Clothes

There are a few reasons why we do not want to throw out our old clothes and here are some of them.

1. You feel that you will need it somewhere in the future.

Trust me, this is the thought that will appear in your mind when you are decluttering your wardrobe. It will seems like you will need every piece of your clothes in the future and you will be reluctant to throw it away. I had a particular shirt that I had failed to throw it away or give it to charity for 3 years straight because I thought that I may wear it somewhere in the future. Guess what? I have not touched it for 3 years straight.

2. It is a gift.

It is courteous to keep gifts given to us. However if the gift is some new clothes that you just can’t fit into, why bother keeping it? All it takes up is space and dust in your wardrobe. Donating it to the charity will be a much better option then keeping it in the wardrobe.

3. Sentimental value.

It can be hard to throw away clothes that have accompanied you from your teens till now. Somehow it just seems like they are more comfortable then any of your new clothes even when they have shown signs of wear and tear. A good rule of thumb, you can find holes in it, it is time for you to throw it away.

4. Hogging.

There will be people who love to hog their clothes. They just keep on increasing their collections year after year. The habit of hogging creates a byproduct, which is clutter and hogging your clothes only creates more work for you as you will need to maintain more clothes and it is harder to search for your clothes in a cluttered wardrobe.

5. Fear that you will run out of clothes to wear.

I had feared that I will not have enough clothes to wear after throwing a huge amount of clothes out of my wardrobe but it seems like my fear was redundant. I still have more than enough clothes to wear even after throwing out the pile of clothes that you saw in the above photo. Even if you really do run out of clothes to wear, that means you will be able to buy new clothes that are more fashionable and fit you better.

6. Your clothes doesn’t fit but it seems new.

No matter how new your clothes are, it doesn’t even matter when it does not fit you. You may say that you can fit into it after shedding some weight, but how long have you been giving this excuse to keep your non fitting clothes?

3 Steps To Declutter Your Wardrobe

Here are the steps that I have used to declutter my wardrobe.

1. Take out everything in your wardrobe

Take out everything you have in your wardrobe and throw them on your bed or the floor (if it is clean). Sort them into categories such as clothes you will wear at home, clothes you will wear for work and clothes you will wear for outings. Include your own categories if needed.

2. Elimination

It is hard to throw your clothes away when every single piece of it seems so important to you. I know and I understand. You have to be “cold hearted” and stand firm in your decision. You need to go through every category and remove clothes that you did not wear for the past 1 year, clothes that are not fitting and old. You know the definition of old, don’t fake yourself into thinking it is new when it is really old.

After the first round of elimination, you need to do a second round of elimination. Go through your categories again to do a second round of elimination following the same rules above. You need to do this because most likely you will hold back yourself from removing your clothes in first round. The second round will help you to remove more clothes which are “useless” to you.

3. Pack your clothes

Congratulations! If you have followed the elimination process above, you should be able to eliminate majority of the clothes that you do not wear any more. All you need to do now is to put your clothes back into your wardrobe. If you would like to keep your wardrobe organized, pack your clothes in categories (example:shorts, shirts, tees). This will help you to find your clothes easier and it will keep your wardrobe neat and tidy.

Parting Words

Always remember the 80/20 principle, only 20 percent of your clothes are worn for 80 percent of the time. This means we should be able to eliminate at least 60-70 percent of our clothes in our wardrobe. You should keep it a habit to declutter your wardrobe at least once a year. Not only it helps to keep your wardrobe neat and tidy, you can also donate your used clothes to the charity to help others.


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13 Responses to “Why Do You Need To Declutter Your Wardrobe”

  1. Vincent says:

    Hi Randy

    The 80/20 principle really applies in our life and yes, our wardrobe too. If we are using only 20% of our clothes for 80% of the time, then it is time we should deal with the 80% of the clothes that we wear 20% of the time.


  2. gas card says:

    Yes I know all about those clutters. Sometimes I don’t like to throw them away because I tell myself that I can use them to sleep in, or if I don’t have enough money to go out and get new clothes. Your right though about “if you can find holes in it” if the item is in bad shape to that point you don’t need to have it cluttering up your space. Its an interesting principle, the 80/20. That we use about 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.


  3. Vincent says:

    @Car Insurance Guy

    Others may need the clothes that you don’t need. So do practice decluttering and donating to charities such as your used clothes to them.


  4. That’s a good idea. I’ve got a closet full of clothes I don’t need. I’m sure someone else will appreciate what I loathe.

  5. Vincent says:


    I agree that we can feel refreshing after decluttering our wardrobe and we will be helping others too if we donate our used clothes to thee charities.


  6. This is a very practical tip! I started the practice of decluttering my wardrobe 3 years ago and I love it everytime. It can be quite a tedious task, especially if you have a lot of clothes, but the outcome is fantastic. Not only do you clear physical clutter, but you clear the mental clutter on your mind too.

  7. Kristen says:

    Great post! It seems cliche to say it, but it’s true that our external clutter is just a reflection of internal clutter. The more we clear things out, the more room we make for better things…thanks for the reminder!

  8. Vincent says:

    @Positively Present,

    It is hard to throw away the clothes and it seems like we are always so attached to our old clothes.

    @Jake | Revive Your Life,

    Throwing clothes that can still be worn is a waste. Donating to the charity certainly makes more sense. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂


    I bet you felt refreshed after cleaning your wardrobe. I certainly did. 🙂


  9. Joe says:

    Just did. Was really thrill by the amount of cloths I have in my wardrobe that have not been warn for over 5 years. Anyway, my closet is clean now… LOVE this.

  10. Joe says:

    I like this idea. I’m going to clean my wardrobe now.

  11. My wife and I do this twice a year and I am always amazed at the amount of extra clothing we have. It really slims down on the amount of closet and drawer space required. Make sure to donate the clothing that is still in good shape to a local charity that collects used clothing. There are a lot of people out there who could use it!

  12. This is a great post and I think a lot of people could benefit from it. I’m pretty good about getting rid of clothes but I know a LOT of people who have a really hard time with it.