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Declutter your wardrobe

A wardrobe declutter can change your life - and double your outfit options. Here are 5 tips for thinning out your closet.

Are you overwhelmed by the state of your wardrobe?  Whether you’re a fashion-crazed shopaholic or someone who just can’t part with anything, now is the best time of year to reassess your wardrobe.

Yes, it’s a daunting task – I could get lost in mine for day – but that’s why we’ve asked personal stylist Kirstie Smillie, a former fashion stylist for Good Housekeeping and Ideal Homes, for her top tips on how to control the clutter in just a few well-spent hours.

Stopwatches at the ready? And go…

The knicker draw
How long:
15 minutes
Known to become a mismatch of bras and pants and maybe the odd sock. Take it all out and buy a drawer divider, perfectly proportioned for tidy undies, in sections for everyday and even those matching ‘special’ sets.


One drawer at a time
How long: 20 minutes each
Again take it all out and try on and decide if it’s in season to go back in. Long sleeved T-shirts are perfect layers for now so keep these up front. Short sleeves to the back. Finer folded knitwear lives in here too, bulky knits are folded in a wardrobe shelf, not hung up.


How’s it hanging?
How long:
120 minutes
The big one. Methodically take it out, try it on and decide where it lives, make an outfit and hang together. If is doesn’t fit, it’s time for another owner. If it needs mending don’t put it off any longer, so it’s ready to wear next opportunity. Photograph what shoes and accessories you will wear with that outfit and keep snapshots to hand as a reminder.


Wardrobe top shelf
How long: 10 minutes
Does yours hide old shoulder bags, one-use wedding hats and forgotten Christmas presents? You are not alone? take it out and re organise. Do you still love what is at the back – remind yourself with quick pics to print out.


Wardrobe floor
How long:
20 minutes 
Shoes, old and new. Can you even wear that heel anymore? Is the heel too scuffed, even for weekend wear? Box special occasion shoes in transparent storage or shoe boxes with a little snap shot to remind you. Other shoes need to be on view, ideally on low racks.

Kirstie suggests prepping with a few decluttering tools before you start. Try

Don’t think you have what it takes to thin your closet alone. You can book a personal Wardrobe Edit with Kirstie here.

Kirstie has teamed up with Catwalk in Godalming to host two Dress with Confidence workshops that will look at colours, new style ideas and jeans. Workshops are on Mon 19 Feb and Mon 26 Feb from 10am-12.30pm, cost is £30. Booking is essential. Contact or Catwalk 01483 527634.

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