5 Ways to Downsize Your Wardrobe

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I think it could be safe to assume that many of us own too many clothes. So many in fact that it makes looking through drawers and wardrobes difficult.  You know that overwhelming feeling when you’re stood in-front of your bursting-at-the-seams wardrobe proclaiming you have nothing to wear.. well that. If this is the case, then it is a clear sign that it may well be time to downsize your wardrobe.

Often deciding where to start can be difficult and knowing what to get rid of can be even harder. Having done the dreaded cull many a time myself and worked to a capsule wardrobe for a year i’ve actually gotten quite proficient at it. I’m actually considering a capsule wardrobe again next year as i loved the simplicity of it.

So today i thought i’d share a quick guide to help downsize your wardrobe and free up some space in your lives, because to be fair, who doesn’t want that 😉


1. Damaged Clothes

This is a good place to start. If you own any clothes that are ripped, torn, stained or damaged in any other way, then get rid of them. You can put them in the bin or donate them to a charity who will rag them (doing so allows the charity to make a little money). Either way, they need to go. If it is your favourite t-shirt but has a rip in it, then keep that for sentimental reasons but that shouldn’t be a trend, and don’t fall in to the trap of keeping a lot of damaged clothes that you won’t wear. I had a habbit of delegating worn items to ‘dog walking clothes’ but ended up with way to many. So i popped them in the charity shop bags.


2. Clothes You’ve Not Worn in The Last Year

I’v worn this jumper once in two years.. i just can’t seem to get on with it. Time for it to find a new home.

This brings us neatly to the next point, when was the last time you wore it? If you own clothes that you haven’t worn for the past year, then you need to get rid of them. You have had every season pass by, and you never found a need to wear it or actually reached for it, therefore maybe it just isn’t for you. Go through every item and ask yourself if you wore it in the last 12 months and if the answer is no, firstly think why. Your answer will help and soon you will be putting it on the get a rid pile. You will quickly find that there are particular items of clothing that you probably wore once when you bought it but that was the only time. This will free up a lot of space, and you will start to see what sorts of clothes you wear and the ones you don’t – this can be helpful in the future as knowing your particular style is key to keeping a low maintenance wardrobe of items you love and want to wear. Once you have gone through everything, you can move on to the next point.


3. Does It Fit You?

This one is another easy fix, if it doesn’t fit you need to throw it out. This might take some time for you to try on clothes you haven’t worn in a while, but it will be well worth it. Clothes might stop fitting for a number of reasons that don’t relate to you having gained or lost weight. Sometimes the material can contract or loosen over time, or the washing/drying process can cause it to shrink or get bigger. The reason why it doesn’t fit isn’t as important as the fact that you will never wear clothes that are too big or small. You might have clothing that you think might fit again one day, but you need to live in the present and get rid of them. You can always buy more in the future if needs be, and right now you are trying to clear space, so one thing at a time. In fact, when you do decide to buy new clothes you might be able to get a great deal or discount such as through using an Asos discount code. Getting rid of clothes doesn’t mean that you will need to live without, the purpose of this process is to clear space and to live with clothes you actually love and in future buy pieces you will want to wear again and again.


4. Does It Suit You?


Moving swiftly onto the next item on this list, does it suit you? If the answer is no, then you know what to do. And if you’re like me, maybe you’ve bought an insta-inspired purchase after seeing it look amazing on someone else, only to be bitterly disappointed with how it actually looks on you. Your taste, and style also changes over time, so clothes that suited you in the past you might dislike now. That is of course fine, people change after all. What it doesn’t mean though, is that you should hoard these items of clothing for years in case you change your mind. If you don’t like it, don’t reach for it, feel uncomfortable or ‘Not You’ in it, then get rid of it, donate to someone who would love it or give to charity.


5. Similar Clothes

If you have a lot of clothes that are very similar, ask yourself if you need them all. You might have several plain black t-shirts, but in reality, you only wear one or two. You might have hundreds of pairs of gloves or wooly hats, but you wear the same pair every winter. You might have a million pairs of tights(me.. is that just me?!), but only wear the dark ones. You know what you need to do if any of those apply to you and you will feel a lot better once you have cleared them out.


So there we have it.. my simple clear out guide. And i will be doing just this after Christmas and before new year so i can start 2018 with a lovely pared back wardrobe just filled with the things i actually love and wear.

Are you due a wardrobe cull? Would you consider starting 2018 with a clearer wardrobe?



  1. Gill
    December 21, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Yes! I have too many clothes I don’t wear. I’d love to create a capsule wardrobe but get stuck on what basics I should have to make everything work. I feel a clear out is due in January.

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