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Downsizing Your Wardrobe: Clothing Declutter Hack

This simple method for downsizing your wardrobe is an easy way to declutter clothes without stress. In fact, you can get this clothes decluttering hack set up in around 5 minutes and let it start its magic!

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When was the last time you had a good go at downsizing your wardrobe?

For me, it was only a couple of months ago and oh boy, it took me almost a whole day! This is crazy because it was less than a year ago I last did the same thing. And a few years ago I even gave my wardrobe a whole makeover! Clothing is one of those things we seem to accumulate without realising.

Next thing you know, your drawers won’t close again and you’re back to square one!


Downsizing your wardrobe can be an emotional journey. There are so many outfits and pieces we own that link to some memory or experience and they can be hard to let go of.

There’s also those clothes we want to keep in case we get skinny again or that karate outfit from when you were a 19-year-old badass. No? Okay, maybe that’s just my wardrobe!

But the point is… we need to let go, for our own sanity!

Less stuff is a great way to increase our calm and make our lives a little easier. I know I am sick of shoving stuff into drawers that barely shut. And trying to find that one item in a wardrobe that is packed to the brim with overloaded hangers is a nightmare! So it’s time to change up the methods and get a whole lot stricter!

When you are overwhelmed on where to start decluttering your home, sometimes having a few little hacks like this can be the perfect kick-off. While it isn’t an instant result, it is a habit that you can use each year to reduce excess from your wardrobes!

If that still feels like too much, check out my 30-day declutter challenge with achievable daily tasks to get you huge results!

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Simple Wardrobe Downsizing Hack

So how do we do that minus the emotional turmoil that comes with trying to choose what to keep and what to ditch? The reverse hanger method of course!

Here’s how it works…

Go to your wardrobe and do a quick scan and get rid of anything you care definitely happy to part with straight away. Might as well have a mini cull straight away!

Next step, go through and reverse every coat hanger in your wardrobe so they are facing the opposite direction to how they usually hang.

Now for the next several months, every time you wear an item of clothing from your wardrobe and go to hang it back up, flip the hanger the right way.

The clothes that are on the reversed hangers are the ones you don’t wear, so those are the ones you part with! Hello slimmer wardrobe!

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How To Make This Work For You

There are a few things to consider though. The time frame depends on you. If you have all your clothing hanging in the wardrobe all year round, you may need to do this for 9-12 months so you get to experience the different seasons and work through all types of clothing you have.

Alternatively, you can hang your clothes just according to the season so you can do a 3-6 month cycle and cull just your summer or just your winter clothes you didn’t wear.

But the key is to actually part with them, so don’t make excuses at the end of that cycle! Let them go!

As for drawers, you can do a similar method if you have the means by putting everything into one drawer and emptying out another and transferring the ones you wear into the empty drawer. Drawer dividers will help you to do this.

Check out my tutorial for making your own drawer dividers from cardboard.

So there you have it… a simple method for downsizing your wardrobe!

As for decluttering your clothing drawers, try these 10-minute declutter challenges to do them one drawer at a time until you get through them all. Even if you do one a week, it will make a huge impact on your space!

Get my 30 Day Declutter Challenge Workbook and get ready for a CLUTTER-FREE HOME!

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If you want an equally simple way to declutter the rest of your house, check out the 5-minute daily decluttering habit that will help you get there with minimal stress.

Have you tried this method? What is your favourite way to downsize your wardrobe?

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