Wednesday, 25 May 2011

How To Detox Your Wardrobe?

Several of you have asked me about how I proceed to detox my wardrobe. First of all, you should know that I followed Mademoiselle Robot's tips and it worked wonders.

I try to detox my wardrobe once a month. We have four very distinct seasons here in Norway so I have to make efficient use of my closet. I shifted from my fall/winter wardrobe to my spring/summer wardrobe in April and it felt sooo good. I put all of my winter tights, woollen socks, gloves & scarfs in a big box while my cardigans and sweaters have their own drawer. 

Now here's how I proceed to declutter my wardrobe. Keep in mind: those are clothes, they can be replaced, don't be too sentimental. (Call me the Wardrobe Nazi if you want.) 

• Put on some good music. (I do recommend Telephone by Lady Gaga.) 
• Empty your wardrobe, put everything on your bed. 
• Clean your wardrobe and trash any lousy hanger.
• Clothes that you do wear on a regular basis are allowed to get back in - on two conditions: they still fit and they still look good.

That was easy. Now what to do with the rest?

• Holes? Stains? Trash.
• I have to sew a button, I have to change the zipper... Do it! Or get rid of it. Don't let it lying around. 
• You still like it but you just never wear it? Or for some reason you don't feel comfortable wearing it? Or it doesn't look right on you? Don't insist. Give it to a friend or try to sell it.
• Give the rest to Charity.

When you open your wardrobe, you should find pieces that you love and that look great on you. By having too many items in your wardrobe, you'll end up wearing the same clothes again and again and again. It's a waste of space and a waste of money. It'll soon turn into a waste of time and energy as you'll end up spending too much of your precious time finding out what to wear. 

• One more thing: buy something new? Then something else has to go!

Making an inventory of everything you have, may also be an eye-opener. Here's mine if you want to compare... 

Good luck!


Mustard Vest - Monki 
I found it during my last wardrobe detox. 
Never wore it ever since I bought it. 
Anyone wants it? 
5€ + shipping


  1. I LOVE detoxing my closet. Though I did the opposite to you recently, gleefully getting out winter clothes and finding all these things i had forgotten about. It was like getting new clothes!

  2. O.O Seriously?! You need to read my latest post. Pretty sure the organization gods knew I needed you today.

    So excited to get started. :)

  3. eeek! thanks for the reminder. i've yet to post my inventory...

    too bad you've sold that vest -- it looks so pretty on you.

  4. I should follow your tips asap. Our bedroom looks and feels like a launderette with all the clothes lying around. I don't have that much but still lots of things need to be gone!

  5. Oh, I'm so bad at this... The biggest mistake I make is trying on everything and then thinking "oh I actually kinda like this, why did I never wear this before?" And that just doesn't work well when you need to get rid of stuff...
    This has inspired me to try again though!

  6. Love this post! I suck at doing this, too many precious things I don't know how to get rid of.. Need self-discipline.. Wanna come over and help me out?