Winter is over so it’s a great time to declutter your clothing storage and make more room by putting your bulky winter items away for next year.
It may not be a one-day job, or even a one-person job, but imagine how much better you will feel looking at your immaculate wardrobe every day and on no occasion wasting time finding your favourite outfit.
Here are some top tips:
Remove everything out of storage and cupboards.
It’s easier to start with a clean canvas and you’ll see how much storage space you’ve got in your wardrobe. Sort through each piece of clothing. Ask yourself, do you wear it anymore? Does it make you feel good? Is it just wasting space?
Neatly, fold all your loved items and put them back in their rightful place. If you are unsure about a piece of clothing, make another pile – you can always come back to it.
Take any of your partners, your kids or your winter warmers like coats or thick knitted cardigans that you won’t need anymore and store them in a suitcase, sturdy boxes or vacuum-packed bags for safe keeping until next winter. You can always keep a few cardigan’s handy just in case you need an outer layer before Summer arrives.
Wash or dry clean your items before storing away as any dirt or stains can cause long term damage to your clothes.
Dispose or donate?
Go through that “unsure” pile again and if you are sure it can be of no further use to you or someone else then simply dispose of it. If you however believe it could be of further benefit then start a donation box. Nothing will feel better than donating perfectly wearable clothes to others in need. You won’t feel like you’ve wasted your money if it’s going to someone who will get lots of wear out of it.
Organise your storage space
Every item needs a designated storage space. Organisation will help your time management. Keep your work clothes in one space and your t-shirts in another. Hang up your dresses or shirts because no one likes to iron. Keep your shoes together and while you’re there, sort through and let go of any worn out, unwearable pairs. If you’re lucky and have walk in or built in clothing storage, have one side for your partners clothes and one side for yours for extra organisation.
Organising family storage
If you are decluttering your own clothes, you may as well help your partner or your kids (or both!!) while you’re at it. If your partner is unenthused about decluttering get him or her to sit down and answer a simple “yes or no” game. Hold up each shirt, blouse or pair of jeans in front of him or her and make quick decisions.
As for kids, how many toys do they really need? Have they grown out of anything? Keep a few of your favourite items for sentimental reasons and donate the rest. If you don’t want to part with anything, store it all for when you have grandkids!
Don’t get distracted, stay focused on decluttering
Yes, it’s hard, but stay focused – the more you procrastinate, the more time it will take to achieve your goal and you’ll end up living in more mess than when you started. Make it a family joint effort or if you are working solo, grab a glass or mug of your favourite drink and pop on your favourite music!
Take a step back and admire your decluttered clothing storage space.
If you want to declutter clothing (or any other belongings) but don’t wish to throw items away, contact us 7 days a week at Self Store & More to find out how we can help provide stress free storage for as long as you need.