Are you looking to build a functional wardrobe? Don’t know where to start? Does it seem too daunting of a task? Let me help you!
I’ve been going through the processes of decluttering different areas of my life and home in an effort to create more white and blank space, both mentally and physically. One of the areas I had been putting off decluttering had been my closet. I had no idea where to start.
I love the idea of a minimalistic, capsule wardrobe, but realize how unrealistic that is for me and my lifestyle. Not to mention, I just love color and clothes (and shoes, and purses)! Therefore, my decluttering was very loosely based on a capsule, minimalistic wardrobe. Realistically, however, I would probably rather just call this a simple or functional wardrobe.
I will show you the steps you can take to also declutter your wardrobe. This article is written from a “mom” point of view, because I am a mom. This isn’t a mom wardrobe per say. Anyone can follow these steps to help them declutter their own wardrobe! Let’s get decluttering!
How to Build a Functional Wardrobe
I think inspiration is half the battle. Inspiration will take decluttering your wardrobe from something you dread doing to something you will look forward to starting!
I found inspiration and really nailed down what was do-able, and functional for my lifestyle. I picked the type of wardrobe I was trying to achieve. As well as what I want my personal style to be.
I tend to opt for effortless, elegant styles. Looking put-together in a classic, simple sort of way.
Not only that- but I was able to become loosely inspired by a minimalistic and capsule wardrobe theme. Perfect for decluttering!
Create a Game Plan
The most challenging part of tackling my wardrobe was to create a game plan.
I had to figure out how I was going to declutter. Many people say if you love an item then to keep it, or if an item speaks to you, you can keep it. This to me seems silly. I loved all my items at one point or another. That’s why they’re in my closet. I’ve also never had an item speak to me before… so that didn’t help.
I decided to first set up a goal number for myself. True capsule wardrobes had 12-30 items in their entirety! However, the capsule wardrobe trend has shifted more into “seasonal collections” of sorts. This seemed more achievable to me.
I ended up deciding on trying to make my wardrobe under 150 pieces-not including workout gear, pajamas, or underwear. I came upon this number by taking Unfancy Blog‘s 37-piece capsule wardrobe and multiplying it by the 4 seasons. This gave me 148 items.
(I realize 148 items are a lot for some people, and 148 may not be enough for others-adjust this to what fits your own life, the only goal is to challenge yourself to declutter thoroughly! This number seemed to work well in challenging me to declutter and only keep the items I really loved. But it still gives me enough options where I don’t feel the need to go out and buy more. Remember, we want this to work for us and our lifestyles.)
After coming up with the number in its entirety- I set smaller goals for tops, bottoms, dresses, skirts AND jackets, and shoes.
This comes out to:
Per Season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter)
5 of each-Dresses, Jackets, Pairs of Shoes
20 of each-Dresses, Jackets, Pairs of Shoes
I allowed myself 2 formal dresses for date nights, as well as special occasions I have to attend, so the total, for me was 150.
I also added a few criteria for how to narrow the items down. They
a) Had to fit,
b) Couldn’t have ANY stain, rip, or tear and,
c) I had to be within my goal numbers! Period.
d) Had to match with my personal style goal. (Was it effortless? Was it elegant?)
I think the most important part to decluttering is to take everything out. Take every article of clothing out of every storage device including closets, drawers, and dressers. NO skipping!
We often don’t realize how much we have until we start taking everything out. This also helps us see exactly what we have.
I started off by putting everything on my bed-in somewhat organized heaps, and then took everything off the hangers.
After everything came out of my closet, I cleaned my closet from top to bottom to give it a fresh, clean slate. Why put your new simplified wardrobe into a dirty closet?
Set Yourself Up for Sucess
Before I started going through everything, I made sure to have my goal sheet, a water, a stack of trash bags on hand. Two trash bags already being set up, one for donate, one for trash.
Then, I started going through each section-tops, bottoms, dresses, skirts, shoes.
After I successfully narrowed down each category to the amount of clothing I had set for myself, I then proceeded to hang the items on appropriate hangers. Strong wooden hangers* for heavy coats and jackets, multi-pant hangers for pants*, and velvet ultra thin hangers* for tops. I kept all the top hangers the same-except for the coats to keep my closet looking neat, and to maximize space.
I ended up keeping only 144 items of clothing, having one garbage bag full of trash, and three HUGE garbage bags of items to donate!
In total, I now have less than 200 pieces of clothing in my entire closet. I can see everything, I fit in everything, and I love everything. Which is the way a functional wardrobe is supposed to feel.
After you cleaned up your wardrobe, make sure you take inventory of the things you kept. Be sure to make mental notes of the styles you liked and didn’t like, the colors you gravitate to. This will help you make smarter purchases in the future.
Other Areas to Declutter
After you’re done narrowing down your closet, you can declutter your accessories. Now you have a better idea of what your style is, and what accessories would compliment it. You could also take time to declutter your makeup drawer based on your signature style, and what has expired.
Once this process is finished- look forward to how much more simple and functional your wardrobe will be. Enjoy letting your wardrobe work for you! Also, don’t forget to share this page, signup for new blog post updates, and to leave me a comment down below if you have any functional wardrobe decluttering tips!
Until Later My Friends,
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