Although summer is definitely not over yet (I refuse to believe that), it is getting nearer to the time when we will be putting our summer things back in storage until the season returns again next year. With the thought in mind that we still have plenty of time to wear our warm weather clothing, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the clothes that have seen the light of day this summer season, and those that perhaps have not left the wardrobe or chest of drawers. We’re diving into the world of summer wardrobe decluttering!
As busy women, we understand the struggle of trying to maintain an organised, clutter-free closet while always being on the go. It can’t be helped. We are trying to squeeze the most time out of the warmer days and nights before they disappear, but it does mean that our wardrobes begin to feel a tad neglected. So, we’re sharing sustainable decluttering tips tailored to your bustling lifestyle to get your closets feeling loved again. Let’s create a streamlined summer wardrobe that brings you joy, reduces your stress, and aligns with your eco-friendly values.
Why Sustainable Decluttering Matters:
Before we jump into the practical steps, let’s quickly talk about why sustainable decluttering is essential. Our goal is to minimise our impact on the environment while maximising how our wardrobes function for us. Fast fashion is a huge contributor to immense waste and horrible pollution, but by being more eco-conscious when decluttering, we can make a positive change. Remember, every item of clothing that you let go of mindfully contributes to a greener future.
This is also a good point in the summer season to take stock of the clothes that you’ve worn and those that have gone untouched. Taking this action now means that you will be absolutely raring to go next summer season and know that your wardrobe has only things that make you feel great and that you love to wear.
Step 1: Set the Scene
You are going to need some room for this so begin by choosing a dedicated space to spread out your summer clothes. This might mean that you need to make your bed or clear your floor to give you the area needed for this step. Doing this may seem a bit overwhelming, but it really helps you to see how many of each category you have and to visually see just how many clothes that are in your collection. Sometimes when things are shoved in wardrobes, you don’t see the sheer volume of items you may have and what you have to contend with on a daily basis to try and find something to wear.
Step 2: Honesty is the Best Policy
This part may be hard for you, I’m not going to lie, but if you truly want to streamline your clothes to feel manageable and stress-free, it’s necessary. As you go through your clothes, ask yourself: Have I worn this item this summer? Do I like the fabric and the feel of it when I wear it? Do I feel great in it? If any no’s creep up for you, it’s time to consider letting the piece of clothing go. Remember, be honest with yourself. It’s not about the money or the sentimental feelings. It’s about feeling great in what you wear, so make decisions based on that. Keep in mind that you are striving for quality over quantity here.
Step 3: Sort with Purpose
Now it’s time to divide your summer clothes into three piles: Love, Try on (Maybe), and Donate. (Have a bag or box ready to collect these items in). The “Love” pile will include all the items that bring you joy and make you feel great when you wear them. The fabric, colour, style-everything about it, is something you love. The “Try-on” pile is just that. It’s to remind you if that piece still fits and how it makes you feel or any pieces that you’re just not sure about. It’s key to set yourself a timeframe on this pile though, say 2 weeks, for you to wear them. If you don’t get around to wearing it, then it moves to the donate pile.
Step 4: Embrace Your Versatile Side
One of the keys to sustainable decluttering is to be able to embrace the versatility that different pieces have to offer. Can that dress be worn with a jumper over it? Does that pattern go with a few other pieces in your wardrobe? You want to aim to keep items that can be mixed and matched to create various outfits. So, if you have a top that only goes with one set of bottoms, it may not be a great item to hang onto because you are limited to how you wear it. Versatility not only maximises your wardrobe’s potential, but it also reduces the need to own an excessive amount of clothing.
Step 5: Say Goodbye Thoughtfully
You’ve done the tough job! It’s time to find out what to do with the items in your “Donate” pile. Take a bit of time to research local charities, shelter or clothing drives where you can contribute. Asking on local Facebook groups is often helpful, and you should get lots of suggestions. Remember, your gently used clothes can find a new home and bring joy to others. Letting go gets a whole lot easier when you know that your items will be used and appreciated. It’s also useful to decide a time when you can drop these items off so that they aren’t hanging around your house for ages.
Step 6: Organise Mindfully
This part, when done in a way that makes sense to you, can save you a ton of time when you are trying to get dressed. After decluttering those items that you no longer want, think carefully about how to arrange the remaining clothing. By type is probably the most common (t-shirts, tanks, shorts, etc), but also consider the proximity of things to each other, too. It doesn’t make sense to have your shorts stored on the opposite side of the room to your tanks or t-shirts because they will most often be worn together.
Step 7: Sustainable Storage Solutions
Let’s just get rid of all the expectations that our wardrobe needs to look lovely and neat with matching baskets that are all labelled. That may be something that works really well for you, but the most important thing to remember is that it works and functions in the best way to make your life easier. If time and money allow, it’s always good to consider eco-friendly storage options, such as recycled bins or sustainable fabric storage boxes, to keep your decluttered items contained and tidy. Although this would be nice, cardboard boxes such as shoe boxes work great as storage, too, and shouldn’t cost you anything extra. Repurposing anything that you already have is also a great way to reduce waste and save you money.
Great work on successfully decluttering your summer clothing in a sustainable way! By aligning with your eco-friendly values, you’ve not only organised your space but also contributed in a positive way to the environment. Win, win! It’s good to remember down the road that maintaining a clutter-free wardrobe is always an ongoing process. It will take regular revisits to your closet, applying the same principles as above, to keep your summer clothes collection in check. Until next time, do one thing today to stay organised and keep the vision of the joy a clutter-free life will bring.