Is your wardrobe busting at the seams and you want to simplify but have no clue where to start? Today on the blog, I’m going to go over how you can declutter your wardrobe even if you don’t know where to start. I’ll also be sharing tips from one of the top minimalist living folk, Joshua Becker and drawing from my own experience with going through a mega wardrobe declutter.

It’s simple, but not easy - guidelines to get you started on decluttering your wardrobe

These are simple guidelines, but not easy, especially if you are new to fine tuning your wardrobe, but write them down, and keep them in mind if you really want to make changes or make your own rules and use these as a guide.

  1. Doesn’t fit? Gone. How often did I keep clothing just for when “I’m that size again?” Newsflash. Having a kid (or four in my case) changes things. And oftentimes, for good! I’m all about the comfy and roomy clothes nowadays to accomodate in between sizes.
  2. Ripped, broken zippers and not easily fixed? Gone. I sometimes fix my clothes when it’s easy to fix, but anything super complicated go to scraps or recycling/garbage.
  3. Colour awful on you? Gone. This one took some time to figure out, but with some help from a friend and google searches on skin tones/colours plus thinking about what colours I liked, I figured it out.
  4. Haven’t worn in 12 months? Gone. You can create whatever rule of thumb you want here, but for me, I find 12 months is a good rule of thumb.
  5. Too many of x items? Gone. There was a time I had so many clothes for myself that there were quite a few items I didn’t wear often enough or had another that I preferred.
  6. Out of style, trend that you no longer enjoy? Gone. Focus on timely pieces that you have that’ll stand the test of time.

When I went through this process, I kept in mind what works for me NOW as a home business owner, homeschooling mom, and purged a ton of professional clothes, to boot! You can see my summer wardrobe that I shared about it detail here. I’m all about comfy, simple, and functional now. You can also find more tips here from Joshua Becker’s Becoming Minimalist website that you may find helpful. Also Courtney Carver’s book Project 333 on developing minimalist wardrobes may be helpful too.


And if your wardrobe needs a total rehaul and you have a hard time knowing where to start, you may enjoy my Simple Capsule Wardrobe Guide. Some recent feedback on it:

“Ahhh Kelly! That was brilliant! I’m going to do some sorting this weekend, more purging, and most importantly writing down what I have vs what I need. Thank you!!!”

Want to know more about how I fine tuned my whole wardrobe and follow along the simple steps? You may like my Simple Capsule Wardrobe Guide ebook (new and updated). You can find that guide here.


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Hi, I’m Kelly! I’m a mother of four children - three boys, one toddler girl - and our family lives on the beautiful east coast of Canada. I’m a past elementary teacher, turned stay at home, work at home mom eight years ago after I had my second child. I’ve found that the busier I’ve become and as my children age, that it’s become even more important to figure out what is most important to me and us as a family. Living a simpler lifestyle has helped us in so many ways in our home life - from better routines to faster tidying up times. It has been through my children that I have been inspired to learn how to effectively manage my time and to simplify in all areas of my home and life. I enjoy helping busy moms simplify home life by teaching flexible planning methods and skills. Enjoyed this blog and think it would be helpful to others? I'd love if you shared it. Thank you!