An Exercise In Decluttering – Clearing Out Your Wardrobe In The New Year

When your wardrobe is bursting at the seams, it’s time to do something about it. When better to enjoy a wardrobe clearout than the New Year? A good decluttering is therapeutic, freeing and could even help you rediscover some old wardrobe favourites. A newly-organised wardrobe is the perfect way to start off the New Year, so take a look at the following tips to see how it’s done.


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Get it all out

You’re never going to get full site of all your clothes if you don’t get every single item out. Yes, it’s going to be a mess – but think of the light at the end of the tunnel. Go through all your drawers as well; this isn’t the time to leave any stone unturned. Dump it on your bed, your chairs and even create ‘zones’ for different items of clothing to help make it easier for you to categorise things and rebuild your wardrobe.

Be brutal

It can be tough to decide to get rid of your clothes. Clothing can hold a lot of sentimental value, as well as be a bit of a memory box. However, if things are just rotting away in the back of your wardrobe going unworn, it’s time to get rid of them. Take a look at each item of clothing and ask yourself:


  • Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
  • Is it still wearable?
  • Does it fit me?
  • Can I honestly see myself wearing this again?


If you’ve answered no to one or more of these questions, it’s time to let it go. You’ll feel much better for it, knowing your wardrobe is actually full of things you want to wear.

Sell what you can

Everyone finds January a tough time money-wise, so a cash boost could be just what you need at the beginning of the year. You’ll probably find that there are more items in your wardrobe to sell than you realise, especially those one-off items like occasion dresses or shoes that have barely been worn. It’s easy to get started on eBay or Depop, and Shiply makes it so much easier to get your items posted out to buyers. Remember to take some good photos to help give the best impression of your products.

Recycle or donate the rest

Anything you don’t want to sell can find a good home somewhere else. Zara and H&M are among the stores who will recycle your clothes for you, no matter what condition they’re in. If you want to donate other clothing to good causes, someone else will be sure to appreciate your treasures.

Keep seasonal clothing together

To help you plan better outfits, it makes sense to keep your seasonal clothing together. You’ll be much better able to see what you have for each season, making it easy to coordinate items when you’re getting dressed. If you’ve got other storage space, you could pack away next season’s clothes so that all that’s left in your wardrobe is relevant for now.


With all that new space in your wardrobe, you’ve got an excuse to treat yourself to some new things. Why not take a look at these great plus-sized influencers who are killing it in the style stakes – the perfect inspiration! Start your new off with a fresh new wardrobe and enjoy being able to put together some fierce and fabulous looks.


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