Cupboards so stuffed you couldn’t fit in a skeleton? Clear out the junk with decluttering tips even hoarders can adhere to
More space for your clothes in three steps
So your New Year’s resolution is to be more Zen. You’ve signed up to a yoga studio, downloaded a meditation app and bought a houseplant. Good start. But you know where inner peace really begins? With the space around you. If yours looks like the kind of hoarders’ paradise the hosts of American Pickers would get lost in, follow our guide to en-lighter-ment.
Call for back-up
Make like Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and The City movie and recruit a friend. Just be sure it’s one who’ll be honest about the fact that your mullet dress deserves the heave-ho. “Another set of eyes can help you move much faster,” says professional organiser Amy Trager.
Decision time: what stays, what goes?
There are pieces you’ll hold onto forever, like that classic leather jacket or your still un-dry-cleaned, wine-stained wedding dress. But for the rest, ask yourself tough questions, says Jamie Novak, author of 1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets. Does it fit? (That’s a solid no to the wedding dress, but it’s not going anywhere, dammit!) Is it comfy? And here’s a big one: if you saw it in the shops today, would you buy it again? If the answer to any of these is no, out it goes.
Manage the reject pile
So you have a nice, big “no” pile. Now what? Manage the mountain into three smaller mounds...
GOOD STUFF THAT YOU’RE JUST OVER: Clothes-swap party! “Get together with friends around your size,” says Trager.
ILL-FITTING ONLINE PURCHASES YOU JUST NEVER RETURNED: Take ’em to a second-hand store. If it’s in great condition, fashionable and in season, a consignment store could score you some much-needed surprise pocket money when it sells, says vintage clothing store manager Jeanne Stafford. Alternatively, write off the loss and let a charity shop (check out CharitySA.co.za) reap the rewards.
YOUR WORN-ONCE PARTY FROCK: Donate to It’s Your Turn (ItsYourTurn.co.za), a charity that sells second-hand dresses to girls who can’t afford a Matric farewell dress, for R100 – which in turn funds school shoes for kids who can’t afford them. They collect other clothes too, which also end up funding school shoes – so you can conveniently do one stop.