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clothes & ward­ro­be declut­te­ring: A clear space means a clear mind

Clear space, clear mind: How important is having a clear space to have a clear mind? Check out what the experts say about clothes & wardrobe decluttering

A clear space means a clear mind — right? When your ward­ro­be is burs­t­ing with a moun­tain of clothes that you haven’t worn in fore­ver, no lon­ger fit you, or are no lon­ger in fashion — it could be brin­ging you down. It’s time to let go, declut­ter, and have a clear out.
But how do you deci­de which clothes to say good­bye to fore­ver? We’­ve put tog­e­ther a han­dy gui­de for you to help you out. 

Bene­fits of Decluttering

Apart from the phy­si­cal bene­fits of having a clear space to be able to find your things, declut­te­ring also has the­ra­peu­tic health bene­fits too. Life coach Yvonne Fer­nan­do says that clea­ring your ward­ro­be and cup­board space has a pro­found impact on both your mind and body, and that it allows for clea­rer thin­king. Having a tidy set­ting whe­re you can easi­ly find what you need hel­ps to relax the mind, redu­ces fee­lings of anxie­ty and stress, and allows for sus­tainab­le thinking.

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Five tips to declutter

The ward­ro­be is a per­fect place to start your declut­te­ring pro­cess. With our han­dy tips, you can have a clea­rer space with a clea­rer mind in just five easy steps.

Tip 1: Sort out items of clot­hing that you have not worn for an ent­i­re year

If you haven’t worn it for over a year, the chan­ces are you’­re never going to wear it again. You’­ve been saving it for that spe­cial occa­si­on” or what if” moment, but tho­se clothes are sit­ting the­re unloved and without a pur­po­se. It’s time to let them go, and free up some space. By doing so, you’ll free your mind as much from the clut­ter as you’ll free your ward­ro­be.
Open up the ward­ro­be and pull out all of the clothes you haven’t worn in the past year. All of tho­se one-time out­fits you bought, wore once, and then pushed them to the back of the ward­ro­be never to see the light of day again.
Put all of the sor­ted clothes to one side, away from the ward­ro­be. You don’t want your inner hoar­der to be temp­ted into snea­king them back into the wardrobe!

Tip 2: Ask yourself — Is the pie­ce of clot­hing timeless?

You may come across some clothes that you haven’t seen for a long time or that you for­got you had. Some out­fits may bring back fun­ny memo­ries as you recall upon what hap­pen­ed when you last wore them.
Fashion comes and goes, and while some clot­hing is timeless and seems to fit in with every new trend, some items do not. You may not want to get rid of some pie­ces of clot­hing as you think you may wear it again, so ask yourself whe­ther or not the clot­hing is timeless.
If the clothes are timeless and you’­re sure you will wear them, then keep them. If they’­re not, and you know that par­ti­cu­lar fashion trend is defi­ni­te­ly not going to return, then it’s time to get rid of them. Add them to the give away pile. Don’t hold onto clothes that you know you won’t wear again. Free up space so you can bene­fit from fre­eing up your mind too.

Tip 3: Orga­ni­ze Your Sor­ted out Clothes Into Cate­go­ries — Sell, Dona­te, Give to Friends

Some of your clothes may be too good to sim­ply throw in the trash, so why not see if someo­ne else will get some wear out of them? Sort the clothes into piles.
Which items could you sell and make a bit of cash on? Which pie­ces of clot­hing do you want to dona­te to a local cha­ri­ty or even give to a homeless per­son? Are the­re any items that you think your friends may like that you can give to them ins­tead?
Some clot­hing may be a bit worn out, with rips or holes in them, so you’ll want to throw tho­se out. To be a litt­le more eco-friend­ly, try to throw out as litt­le as pos­si­ble so that others can bene­fit from your unwan­ted clothes ins­tead. A good tip is to cut up the clothes into squa­res and use them as rags for cleaning. 

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Tip 4: Sort out pie­ces that don’t fit, really!

We all hold onto clothes that don’t fit us any­mo­re. By doing so, we not only was­te space that can be used for some­thing else but it can cau­se us men­tal stress too. We worry about clothes that no lon­ger fit, espe­cial­ly when they’­re too small. 

Get­ting rid of clothes that don’t fit eli­mi­na­tes such stres­ses, as we know every item of clot­hing insi­de the ward­ro­be can be cho­sen as some­thing to wear for the day. The psy­cho­lo­gi­cal bene­fits are gre­at as we no lon­ger worry about what fits and what does­n’t. You know that you can open up the ward­ro­be, choo­se any out­fit and it will look good.

Tip 5: Be honest with yourself — Are you real­ly going to wear the­se pie­ces again?

How many items of clot­hing have sen­ti­men­tal value to them? How many out­fits hold pre­cious memo­ries, and remind you of spe­cial events from your past?
While we all want to save spe­cial out­fits, we sim­ply don’t have the space to do so! Pho­to­graphs are a gre­at way of kee­ping hold of memo­ries, so look to tho­se ins­tead of hol­ding onto moun­tains of clot­hing that are taking up too much space.

Be honest with yourself. If you know you aren’t going to wear tho­se items again, it’s time to get rid of them. Pull them out of the ward­ro­be and set them asi­de. Sel­ling them or dona­ting the clothes allows others to make lots of new memo­ries from the same item as you once did.

Tidy your new space

Once you’­ve sor­ted through your clothes and got rid of all the things you no lon­ger wear, you should have more space in your ward­ro­be to be able to see ever­ything that’s the­re. You can now sort through ever­ything that you do have, and tidy your ward­ro­be into sec­tions which may make it easier for you to find things.
Pos­si­ble ide­as include:

  • Color coor­di­na­te your clothes.
  • Match out­fits tog­e­ther and place them on the same hanger.
  • Sepa­ra­te par­ti­cu­lar items, kee­ping all shirts to one side and pants to the other. 
  • Sepa­ra­te for­mal clothes and casu­al clothes apart.
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Walk away and return

Once you’­ve sor­ted out your new space, head to ano­t­her room, have a drink, and a sit down. Go back to the ward­ro­be after­ward, and take a look at it with fresh eyes. This should help you to appre­cia­te the new space and see the dif­fe­rence that declut­te­ring has.
Hope­ful­ly, you’ll be loo­king at a gre­at new area that has struc­tu­re and orga­niz­a­ti­on and will make life a bit easier first thing in the morning when sear­ching for the per­fect look of the day. 

Mess cau­ses stress

Choo­sing an out­fit in the morning to set us up for the day is an important task. If we’­re stres­sed out by this task due to our mes­sy ward­ro­be, we’­re alrea­dy star­ting our day off on a nega­ti­ve.
It’s a fact that mess cau­ses stress. It diverts our atten­ti­on, gives us fee­lings of anxie­ty, stops us from rela­xing, and affects our gene­ral pro­duc­ti­vi­ty. Our brain is unab­le to ful­ly switch off becau­se it’s dis­trac­ted by the mess and clut­ter tha­t’s around us. 

So if you’­re won­de­ring why working from home seems dif­fi­cult or get­ting to sleep at night takes a long time: take a look at your sur­roun­dings. Is your living envi­ron­ment cal­ming, or is it causing you stress?

Final thoughts

Open up your ward­ro­be and take a look. Are you loo­king at some­thing struc­tu­red, or is it more like orga­ni­zed cha­os?
Sort through your clothes, and get rid of the things you no lon­ger need. Do your bit for cha­ri­ty by dona­ting some pie­ces and even make a bit of cash by sel­ling your uni­que retro items.
Fre­eing up ward­ro­be space is a gre­at way to clear­ly see ever­ything that you do have, and a gre­at excu­se for a shop­ping trip. But most import­ant­ly it’s gre­at for your psy­cho­lo­gi­cal health and well­being. You might find your sleep a lot bet­ter at night too.
Break free from the clut­ter and remem­ber: A clear space is a clear mind.

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