Streamline your wardrobe: 6 easy steps to declutter


We all know the feeling of sifting through your wardrobe, piles and piles of clothes being strewn across the bed and yet being left with nothing to wear. This is a problem that many face, and it could be the sign that it’s time for a wardrobe declutter. Decluttering your wardrobe and streamlining your outfits is a great way to ensure you love everything within your clothing repertoire, keeping your wardrobe current and useful to you. But where do you start? Let’s go through some tips together.

Step 1. Dedicate the time to your project

Firstly, having the time to see your declutter project through is so important. It’s quite a big undertaking, and so it’s a good idea to ensure you have enough time to follow the job through. It doesn’t have to all be completed in one batch, but dedicate two hours here and there to going through your clothes and your organisational structure. Before you know it, you’ll have a streamlined wardrobe.

Step 2. Be ruthless in your cull of clothing

When holding up your items of clothing and deciding whether or not to keep them, you should be ruthless. This will help you gain the best result – a streamlined wardrobe! When you do this, separate your items into three categories: keep, sell and donate. Donating clothing is a great way to declutter your wardrobe and yet help others at the same time. When holding up your clothing for deliberation, keep these questions in mind:

  1. When did you last wear it?
  2. Do you love it?
  3. Does it fit?

Something to keep in mind when going through this process, is that you can’t allow yourself to pander to your sentimentality. Just because something was your favourite item of clothing three years ago, it doesn’t mean you have to hold onto it even now!

Step 3. Group your ‘keep’ pile into categories

When it comes to reorganising your wardrobe with the items you have decided to keep, ensure that your organisation is top notch so that you aren’t in danger of your wardrobe becoming cluttered and hectic again. Grouping your clothes into categories, such as event clothing, work items and weekend wear, can help you create separation within your wardrobe. This can help you on a day-to-day basis, knowing where you have to go to access the clothes that will be the most applicable for the day.

Step 4. Adopt a ‘one in one out’ policy

A ‘one in one out’ policy will help you operate your wardrobe without duplicating any of your items. More than one item of very similar clothes isn’t necessary, and preventing this can mean that you have to conduct your wardrobe declutters less frequently, and your wardrobe can stay as the streamlined creation you will be proud of!

Step 5. Store your less-worn clothing

For the seasonal and occasion wear that you rarely wear, but still need, it could be a good idea to store this. This gives you more room in your wardrobe, so that you don’t suffer from that cluttered feeling. In the summer, think about storing away your thick woollen jumpers, and vice versa for your winter wardrobe. You could flatpack your not-so-needed clothing and store them in the loft or simply under your bed.

Step 6. Set yourself regular declutter dates

Setting a regular declutter will stop your wardrobe from becoming too congested with the introduction of new clothing, and the change of seasons. This doesn’t have to be too frequent – maybe twice a year at the beginning of summer and winter. If you find yourself needing them more, you can always increase the amount of your declutter dates. Stay vigilant, and you can benefit from a streamlined and organised wardrobe all year round.

A declutter is especially helpful if you are transferring your items into a brand-new wardrobe, and here at Beckenham Interiors, we are the perfect team to design and install those wardrobes for you. We design bespoke wardrobes that are tailored to your home and your requirements, ensuring you benefit from the wardrobe space you need, whether this is an angled wardrobe or a luxurious walk-in wardrobe. Give us a call on 020 8419 8305 or email

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