By Danielle Viljoen, Fashion Stylist

Learning how to let go in life is an art I am yet to master. Letting go is so important in all aspects of our lives, whether it involves a relationship, a job, or something as simple as items in your closet. A cluttered and untidy closet can affect you without you even knowing it. Dressing will start to become a monotonous chore, taking more time than it really should. You’ll spend more money on buying things you already own but can’t find. A disorderly closet can feel like a chaotic life.

Below are 8 tips for decluttering your closet:

1. Make Time


Make a lot of it! Set aside a day that you know will be uninterrupted. 


2. The Hanger Trick


Place all of your hangers facing the same direction. Every time you wear an item, return it to the hanger and place the hanger in the ‘right’ direction. In the space of a year, you’ll be able to see what you have worn and what you have not.

3. The One Year Rule


If you haven’t worn it in a year then toss it. If you’re a sentimental person like I am, or just a plain hoarder, then this is easier said than done. Set some rules for yourself and decide on how many pieces you absolutely cannot get rid of. Store your treasured items in a singular easy-to-reach place so that you can admire them from time to time.


4. Keep the Size That You Are


Your skinny clothes are probably out of style already. If you’re hell-bent on keeping them then ask yourself if they are currently on-trend or if they are a classic item. If the answer is ‘no’ then give them the boot.

5. Sections 


Move through your closet in sections. Not all of the purging has to happen at once. Marie Kondo suggests taking every last thing out of your closet, so if that’s more your style then do what works for you and the time that you have.

6. Try Everything On


This is the best way to tell whether or not something still suits you and whether it still fits. Take photos, sometimes it’s best to see what an outfit looks like through photographs.

7. Research Space-saving methods 

There are many different storage methods and products that you can invest in. do a bit of research and see what works in your space. Alternatively, something in your closet might not be to your taste anymore but will work in a different space.

8. Donate

Rather than keeping most of your unwanted items in storage, think about donating your items to a shelter. Knowing that your clothing will be keeping someone warm is great motivation.


Don’t be afraid to take your time. There is really no wrong way to declutter.

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