Tuesday, April 16, 2019

8 Tips & Tricks for Minimalizing Your Closet!

Hey cupcakes! When I started my journey towards zero waste, I spent a lot of time reading books about sustainability, zero waste, and slow living, so minimalism often popped up in these books. I don't think I would ever consider myself a full on "minimalist", but I definitely have been doing a lot of sorting to figure out what I can repurpose or donate. In terms of clothes, I think it is such a great idea to get rid of the things you never wear... This is easier said than done, so I wanted to share my tops tips for minimalizing your own closet; let's jump right into it! 👗

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1. Take EVERYTHING out of your closet and dresser: Yes, even all of your socks! When you take everything out at once, you will realize just how many clothes you have in your wardrobe. Hopefully this gets you into the decluttering mindset!

2. Prepare yourself mentally: Go into the decluttering experience with the mindset that you will be getting rid of whatever you see fit - don't go into it thinking that you will just rationalize why you own every piece of clothing before putting it back in the closet/dresser. That's definitely not going to get you anywhere!

3. Try EVERYTHING on: If it doesn't fit, then donate it! If it won't take much to tailor it, keep it and get ready to practice your sewing skills! Why hold onto baggy clothes? Why hold onto clothes that are too small?

4. Make three piles - keep, reconsider, donate: After you try something on, put it in the correct pile. You will probably find that the reconsider pile is the largest, so when you are completely done (including putting all of the "keeps" back in the closet/dresser and putting all donations in to a bag) go through all of them again and see if their classification changes... I bet it will!

5. Think about where you got the item: If your answer is high school (or even middle school), it is probably time to let it go! 😜

6. Make sure you keep the basics: A minimalist wardrobe must have basics, so make sure to check out my posts 10 Basics Every Woman Needs or Closet Essentials for a College Girl to see what I think are essentials to keep.

7. Don't have any repeats of the same thing: Do you really need four colors of the same shirt?

8. Extra challenge = Pick a number!: If you really want to minimalize your closet, try picking a number and donate that number of pieces! If you can't decide on the number yourself, try asking someone for a number between 0-20 (or even 30 if you are feeling brave!).

What are your tips for minimalizing your closet? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!


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  1. THANK YOU for this! I'm always trying to declutter and get rid of stuff that I don't need anymore but it's super tough to do sometimes. This is really helpful.

  2. This reminds me of Marie Kondo and her philosophy. I think a good cleansing of the closet should be done at least once a year. I've created a Poshmark and look forward to posting some of my old things on there! Great post with great tips! :)

    xx, Des | https://www.itsbetterinheels.com/


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