Are you tired of feeling like your decluttering efforts aren’t producing good results? Do you put in the work but still end up with too much stuff? You might be struggling with some common decluttering mistakes a lot of people make.
In this post, I am breaking down the 5 common mistakes you may be making and explaining some easy ways to avoid them on your decluttering journey.
1. Not having the end in mind
It’s all too easy to get bogged down by each and every item of clothing that you own – and that can take up a lot of time (depending on how big your wardrobe is).
If you focus on the negatives of getting rid of things, then you’ll miss the very positive experience that you’re trying to achieve – i.e. ending up with a wardrobe of clothes that you love, that you WILL wear, that makes it easy to find what you need, and that makes you smile.
Whenever you start to get too focused on the little things, remember to take a step back and refocus on the bigger picture.
2. Trying to Declutter Everything all at once
Decluttering is a process, and a very tough one if you don’t make it a regular habit. Trying to do it all at once will only lead to frustration and overwhelm, and can be the blunder that makes you hate decluttering altogether.
When creating your decluttering plan of attack, break big projects into smaller ones, then schedule each smaller project for a separate time. For example, you could do different sections of your wardrobe or declutter by garment type. This can be done over a couple of days, over a week or even a month!
3. Not using a sorting system whilst decluttering
Whether you’re doing a quick declutter or tackling your entire wardrobe content, leaving the room to ‘put stuff away’ is a surefire way to get distracted, which will ultimately derail your decluttering session. You need to stay in the same room and stay focused on decluttering.
The best way to ensure you do this is by setting up a sorting system before tackling your wardrobe. I like to use the 5 box method, where you label 5 boxes (or similar) as follows; Store, Charity/Give, Resell, Alterations, Bin. The keepers go back in your wardrobe.
4. Attaching a monetary value to your clothing and accessories
It’s human nature to associate the purchase price of an item when you start considering disposing of it. This makes it particularly difficult to get rid of expensive items even if you no longer use them or the colour just isn’t right for you. I used to be guilty of this!
The best way to avoid this mistake is by changing your mindset! Instead of thinking about the money you spent on it, think about the money you’re wasting by storing it. Come to terms with the fact that the money was gone the minute you made the purchase. The only monetary value the item has now is the money it’s costing you to have it in your wardrobe.
5. Not Maintaining your clutter free wardrobe
Decluttering your wardrobe isn’t a one-off task that we can tick off our list for good. It’s a process and needs to be maintained.
The clutter in your wardrobe will inevitably reappear and continue to collect until you create (and stick to!) a system for preventing it.
My advice is to ensure you re-organise your wardrobe in a way that makes it accessible.
Think of where and how you get dressed and where you’d look if you were trying to put on certain pieces. Try to identify the logical parts of your wardrobe in which to store each garment. Ideally organise your wardrobe by garment type (for example, trousers together, blouses together, jumpers together, etc) and within each garment type, colour coordinate your clothing and accessories.
Doing this will also make it easier to identify missing pieces in your wardrobe. Always write a shopping list of what you know you need (in as much detail as possible) and stick to your list as much as possible when shopping for new items.
I hope you found this useful!
Until next time,
Your personal stylist,