Over the year of buying no clothes I have also been haphazardly decluttering my clothes.
Clothes that no longer fit, clothes that are beyond repair (or not worth repairing), clothes that are stained, clothes that are worn and saggy, clothes that no longer suit me, clothes that were once fashionable but are clearly dated. All have exited my house.
Some have wended their way to charity shops, some to friends, some to my ragbag, some to the bin.
My approach has been haphazard, occasionally taking out one or two items, going back to the same shelves repeatedly and reviewing clothes that I had previously thought could remain.
I have read so many different approaches to decluttering. (Ironically I have a host of books on decluttering cluttering my bookshelves.) So here’s a few:
Following any of these approaches just doesn’t work for me. But I do ask the three questions: love, wear, will wear?
I don’t want to toss things I haven’t worn for a year, or a season. I like keeping things that I might not wear for a while. I can shop my wardrobe, recreate outfits using old pieces, or leave something for a while if I am bored with it and find, years later, that I like it again. Nor do I like only having a few items or styles to wear. Love variety and choice.
As for taking everything out or asking one question, no, not for me. I found I would keep an item, but later decide it could go. Even later I would go back to the same shelf and decide that something that had passed two or more purgings should go. Taking one thing a day fitted in with my busy life.
The other thing with taking your time and doing one thing a day, it allows stuff to lose its hold on you. By revisiting a shelf, again and again, I found my attitude changed. I was more likely to let something go that I thought just had to stay before. Even tossing stained and ripped clothes can be difficult. (Might come in useful for gardening or painting – if I ever had time to get around to these things! Lol) But it becomes easier to do when you are only parting with one or two pieces, and you can see how many others remain.
Now while one thing a day is slow, and at first there appears to be no difference to the space, within a few months you suddenly notice space appear. And there is no pressure or stress. No messy, half-started, unfinished piles awaiting sorting. No need to decide on everything at once.
But remember: it’s hard to declutter if you keep bringing stuff in.
What works for you?