10 Useful Tips For Girls With Too Many Clothes
Almost everything is okay in moderation. Alcohol is okay in moderation. Junk food is okay in moderation. Having fun is okay in moderation.
And having clothes is okay in moderation.
When we were young, we just wanted to own all the clothes. It’s like our goal in life was to have as many shoes as possible. We wanted options, right? Sure, you’ve gotta have options. You need a red dress, a little black dress, and so on.
But do you really need to buy three different white t-shirts? Was that really necessary?
See, there does come a point when you own too many clothes.
I know, it’s a crazy idea and if our teenage self could read this now, they’d be having a good giggle.
“There’s no such thing as too many clothes,” they’d snigger.
But there is. Oh, there is.
Eventually, you can’t even close your drawers anymore because they’re just so stuffed with clothes.
Worse still, you can’t find that awesome white dress you’re desperate to wear tonight. It’s lost forever in your heap of clothes.
And then there is the time when you order a polka dot dress online only to realise, when it arrives, that you ALREADY HAVE THE EXACT SAME DRESS.
And don’t get me started on just giving up and leaving your clean clothes in the basket because your wardrobes won’t take anymore. It got to a point with me where I owned five washing baskets that were all filled up with clean clothes.
I was buying new washing baskets every single week just to keep up.
I was obsessed, and you might be obsessed, too.
But since you’re here, I’m going to assume that you’re taking the first tentative steps to de-cluttering your wardrobe and getting your fashion life back on track. So let’s take a look at a few useful tips for when you’ve got too many clothes.
Take Everything Out Of Your Wardrobe
I call this stage “The Purging” stage. It’s when you take EVERYTHING out of your wardrobe and dump it on your bed, on your floor, on your television, on your landing, on your mom’s floor, on the staircase, on the neighbours garden et cetera.
Once everything has been cleared out, relax, take a deep breath, and then examine what the heck you’ve got here.
Then, take a good look at your empty wardrobe. Doesn’t it look awesome?
Assess What You’ve Got
Take a good look at what you’ve got. Then go through each item and ask yourself a few questions:
- Does this still fit?
- When was the last time I wore this?
- Have I ever worn this?
- What is this?
- Would I wear this again?
- If I came across this in a store tomorrow, would I still buy it?
- Does it look good on me?
- Is it ripped?
Your answers should tell you what needs to go. And, no, you cannot keep anything for sentimental reasons.
Hang Up The Items You Want To Keep
Now, take hold of the items you’ve decided are good enough to keep and hang them up in your wardrobe.
See how it all looks. Does it look nice and neat? Does everything look great? Can you see everything? If you can’t see something, you’re not likely to wear it.
Separate Clothes Into Categories
When we own too many clothes, a large number of them just get forgotten about. We buy a dress we’re excited to wear for summer, but then summer comes and goes and we totally forgot to wear it.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to separate your clothes into categories. For example, you could categorise them by season or by type or even by occasion or colour.
Re-Assess Your Reject Pile
Take a second look at your reject pile. It’s really tempting at this point to think, “Mmm, you know, I actually kinda like this top. I might hang it up.”
No. You rejected them for a reason first time around so nothing has changed since then and now. You still won’t wear it ever again.
The best thing to do now is to decide which can be sold and which should just be binned.
Or, You Can Always Give Clothes Away
Giving clothes away to people who need them makes you feel good. To this end, you’re more motivated to actually get rid of some of your wardrobe.
You can give them away to a charity, or you could even hand them over to a friend or family member. Just make sure they are not torn or discoloured.
Use Floor Space Creatively
When we were young, I used to think my brother was disgusting for leaving his clothes on the floor.
But now I realise he was a genius all along.
While I’ve been filling up washing baskets, he uses his floor cleverly to arrange his shoes and boots.
And you can do this, too. You could even neatly arrange your socks and underwear in boxes and place them on the floor. Creativity, you see.
Put Some Shelves Up
Ran out of floor space, too? No problem. Why not fix some shelves and use them to store some shoes, boots and anything else you can think of?
The key here is that you’re maximising as much space as possible.
Wear Less Colours
Another change you make if you own too many clothes is to narrow down your favourite colours. I admit, I’m something of a chromatic, who likes to wear yellow today and black tomorrow. But this can be really bad if you’ve got too many clothes.
Have a think about which colours you wear the most and then consider discarding those clothes that come in colours you don’t even particularly like anymore.
Stop Spending Too Much
Lastly, to make sure that this never happens again, you should impose a monthly spending limit on yourself.
Choose a low number and try really hard to stick to it.
If you find that your spending is getting out of control again, just remember how much effort it was to de-clutter your wardrobe the first time around.