The 5 Reasons You Have A Cluttered Wardrobe

When you open your wardrobe doors, does it make your heart sing? What about when you pull out your drawers of folded clothing? If you have a cluttered wardrobe, the answer is likely to be no. This simple form of chaos makes it that much harder to get ready in the morning and stands in the way of you feeling good about the process of getting dressed.

Many of us dislike clutter and want to love our wardrobes, so where is the issue? Let’s look at some of the common clutter culprits in the wardrobe.

When you open your wardrobe doors, does it make your heart sing? What about when you pull out your drawers of folded clothing? If you have a cluttered wardrobe, the answer is likely to be no. This simple form of chaos makes it that much harder to get ready in the morning and stands in the way of you feeling good about the process of getting dressed.

Many of us dislike clutter and want to love our wardrobes, so where is the issue? Let’s look at some of the common clutter culprits in the wardrobe.

  1. Too much clothing
    The issue: This is one of the most common reasons wardrobes get cluttered. It’s basic maths! If we keep bringing clothing, shoes, and accessories into the wardrobe and aren’t mindful about decluttering, we will end up with more than our wardrobe can handle.
    The solution is to figure out what you are wearing (you can use the hanger trick) and declutter the excess.
  2. Size Changes
    The issue: There are many reasons weight fluctuates, including pregnancy, effects of medication, dieting, and working out. Often we will hear that these items have been held onto ‘just in case. This may be a hopeful dieter who wants to fit back into a pair of jeans or someone with a chronic illness who is nervous a medication change may affect their weight as it did once in the past. With size changes, it is important to note the likelihood of needing these clothes again.
    The solution: determine the likelihood you will need to wear these items of clothing again. Instigate a rule where it is time to say goodbye if it is beyond 2 sizes from your current size.
  3. Bargain Hunting
    The issue: You love to shop and can’t resist a bargain! The problem is sometimes clothes bought on an impulse don’t get worn because the thrill of the bargain fades once you bring it home. Once those rose-colored glasses are off, you may find you don’t wear these clothes because you didn’t try them on first to check fit, you have similar clothes you prefer instead, you don’t actually have a suitable occasion to wear the items, and the list goes on. What compounds this issue is feeling wasteful letting go, and so your wardrobe remains full of stuff you aren’t wearing.
    Solution: Implement our stop before you shop steps at the point of purchase to stop this excess from coming into the house.
  4. Poor Storage
    The issue: In-built and portable storage systems can be a part of the problem in a cluttered wardrobe. If you are using a huge variety of hangers of different shapes and sizes, it will make the space look messy. Additionally, they make it hard to pull clothing in and out off a rail. If you don’t have pant hangers and fold many paints on one hanger designed for tops, it will make the space tighter. Finally, if the storage in this space isn’t intentional, space may not be maximized, items may get messy and tangled, shoes may be stacked upon one another, and the list goes on.
    The solution: Be thoughtful with storage – use matching hangers, incorporate shoe storage, file fold your clothes, etc.
  5. Boundaries have been broken.
    The issue: If you have items in your wardrobe that aren’t clothing, shoes, or accessories, they could be contributing to the clutter in your wardrobe. In organizing, it is important for spaces to have designated boundaries and designated categories in that zone. If your wardrobe also houses gift boxes, luggage, and other random items, you will find this violation of space contributes to the mess.
    The solution: keep everything you need to get dressed in your wardrobe, and everything else finds a suitable home in a different space.

There are many reasons our wardrobes become cluttered, making getting ready a chore! Getting dressed for the day should not only be simple, but it should be enjoyable. Whether you are putting together a look, throwing on tights for a comfy day at home, or dressing with confidence to head out and seize the day, decluttering your wardrobe will make getting dressed easier.

If you’d like to hear more about how getting organized will change your life, check out our podcast episode (#1) on this very topic here. If you are looking for more tips to help you get started, download our free Decluttering Decision-Making Tree or Organising Cheat Sheet. But if you are looking to get serious about organizing your home and want insider knowledge from the Professional Organisation industry to know exactly how, check out our online courses. No matter what you do, remember it is all about progress, not perfection.

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