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7 Compelling Reasons That’ll Fire Up Your Motivation To Declutter Clothes

WRITTEN by CHRISSY, LAST UPDATED ON May 3, 2024

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The best way to find the motivation to declutter clothes is to know your ‘why’. Here are 7 eye opening reasons to help you start letting go of those excess clothes and actually get it done! Discover why taking the time to declutter your wardrobe really is worth every minute of effort.

7 Key Reasons To Give You Motivation To Declutter Clothes

Sometime we all wonder “How do I motivate myself to get rid of clothes?”.

Why?

Because, although it’s the first category of stuff that Marie Kondo suggests tackling when it comes to decluttering, it can feel like a really overwhelming amount of stuff to get through.

It’s quite personal as our clothes reflect our style (mostly!), and we’ve usually spent quite a lot of time and money on what we have.

It feels like a mountain to tackle – and so can be something that stays cluttered for much longer than desired.

But the motivation CAN be found. 

The secret is to understand the reasons WHY you want to sort your clothes out, and keep that front of mind when starting (and doing) your decluttering.

Here are the 7 main reasons you may have for your own clothes collection. read through and see which ones stand out to you the most.

It may be one or two, but equally is may well be all  seven.

But once you have those reasons that are important to you, your motivation to get started will be higher than ever before.

Take this enthusiasm, and run with it!

Your cluttered wardrobe is already thanking you…

Reason #1 – To Have More Space

When it comes to your wardrobe, space is a valuable commodity.

Without an unlimited amount of storage, it’s important to streamline and declutter to make the most of what you have.

Instead of hanging onto every item, evaluate each thing and decide what truly belongs in your closet and what can be donated or sold.

Keeping only what is essential and versatile will not only leave more room for what you truly love, but it will also make getting dressed each day a breeze.

So, take a step back and assess your clothing collection with a critical eye.

Embrace the space you have and let go of what no longer serves you. 

Related: 25 Easy Things To Declutter In Your Wardrobe That You Won’t Miss!

Reason #2 – To Have More Time

Have you ever found yourself spending a lot of time in the morning trying to decide what to wear? Or maybe you feel like you’re constantly doing laundry and folding clothes?

These seemingly small tasks can add up and take away precious time from your day.

That’s where decluttering comes in as a great motivator to get some of that time back. 

By letting go of items you no longer need or use, you can simplify your life and make room for more meaningful activities.

Imagine having extra time to spend with loved ones, pursue a passion, or just relax.

Decluttering clothes can give you the gift of time, so why not give it a try?

Quote - The biggest mistake you can make in life is to waste your time

Reason #3 – To Have More Money

When you let go of your clothes clutter, there’s a good chance you’ll find items that can be sold or donated.

This is an opportunity to make some extra money without having to invest in anything new.

Related: 7 Brilliant Ways To Get Rid Of Unwanted Clothes

Not only that, but you can also save money by not buying clothes you don’t need anymore.

This is because your wardrobe will already have the essentials and pieces you love.

You’ll be able to more easily identify what you have, and there’ll be a lot less of a need to impulse buy.

Reason #4 – To Focus On Quality

Decluttering your wardrobe also encourages quality over quantity. 

When you get rid of the items that are no longer useful or fashionable, you can use the money saved to invest in higher quality pieces that will last for years (and that stay in good condition for longer because you’ll be wearing and using them regularly and taking care of them). 

Creating more of a capsule wardrobe for yourself means you’ll have a collection of timeless pieces that are worth the money and will be well-loved for many seasons to come.

Reason #5 – To Gain Clarity

Decluttering what you wear can also help bring clarity to your life. 

When there is no longer chaos in your wardrobe, it eliminates overwhelm and confusion. 

Note: Have you heard of the ‘daily uniform’ idea? This is where you wear the same thing every day to avoid having to make more decisions than necessary. It’s been adopted by some very famous people, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame (he always wears jeans and a specific coloured t-shirt). Yes, it’s a really dramatic thing to do – but it DOES show that decluttering clothes to a minimum can help you with focus in other areas of life. Food for thought…

You can look at your clothes, know what you have, and start getting creative with the pieces that are already in your closet.

Plus, it’s a great way to reflect on the changes happening in your life and discover what truly resonates with you now. 

It’s a brilliant chance to get more clarity about your style and likes – and it’s a really exciting thing to see that style appearing in your wardrobe once it’s decluttered.

It’s so true – the confidence and clarity from decluttering your clothes can be empowering and inspiring.

Related: Why Understanding Your Style Can Help Minimise Your Wardrobe

Reason #6 – To Have More Energy

Clothes can be a seriously exhausting part of day to day homemaking – for sure!

If you’re tired of the upkeep involved in having so many clothes (laundry, shopping, decisions on what to wear, storage, fixing etc…) then it’s probably time to declutter a few of them.

Not only can fewer clothes free up physical space, but it can also give you a much-needed boost of energy.

When we have too many clothes, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and out of control.

However, by taking the time to simplify our wardrobes, we can regain a sense of control over our lives and free up mental space to focus on more important things.

So, if you’re feeling drained by the clutter in your closet, consider setting aside some time to declutter.

Your energy levels (and your sanity) will thank you!

Reason #7 – To Feel More Happiness

Finally, decluttering your clothes really can help boost your happiness.

When we let go of each clothing item that no longer bring us joy or serve a purpose in our lives, it can be liberating and invigorating.

Happiness is a place between too little and too much

It can also mean we can help others by donating clothes we really don’t need or wear any longer. That way people who really need them and would be thankful for them can benefit. It’s always good to do good, after all…

And lastly, having a wardrobe filled with only the items you love can make getting dressed each day an enjoyable experience. It’s a great way to start each day on the right note and feel confident in your own skin.

So, if you’re looking for ways to find more joy and fulfilment in life, decluttering your clothes is definitely worth considering!

Related: 4 Common Wardrobe Decluttering Mistakes To Always Avoid

7 Key Reasons To Give You Motivation To Declutter Clothes

So there you have it – 7 very compelling reasons to find the motivation to declutter clothes asap.

Decluttering your old clothes can seem daunting, but the benefits are well worth it.

So don’t be afraid to let go – you’ll feel lighter and more in control of your life in no time!

With these eye opening reasons in mind, start decluttering today, and you really can finally reclaim your time, space, money, energy, clarity, quality, and happiness!

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This article was written by Chrissy

Hi - I'm Chrissy... Having run my own business for 12 years as a Professional Organiser and Interior Designer, I know what works (and what doesn't!) when it comes to setting up a home that works both functionally and aesthetically. Now you can mostly find me in a coffee shop or at home, working full time on OrganiseMyHouse.com (which I setup back in 2011) sharing all my tips and ideas. My mission is to help you create a home that you love to live in every day...

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