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10 Tips To Simplify Your Wardrobe (Simple Minimalist Wardrobe Tips)

Recently I visited a friend’s new house, and after touring her closet I began thinking about these 10 tips to simplify your wardrobe.

Simplifying my wardrobe has been my absolute favorite part about decluttering and simplifying my life.

I never realized how often I fell victim to trends that didn’t suit me.

Or how often I bought things that felt a bit too small or a bit too big.

Then, once I bought an item that wasn’t quite right for me, I’d hang on to it for YEARS.

I already spent the money… Why not wait until the time I finally wore it?

So, I filled my closet with items that lacked cohesion, and items that I rarely wore.

Decluttering my closet and implementing the tips below helped me to wear AND love everything in my closet.

Not only that… But I actually *LOVE* how my closet looks with empty space and great organization.

Below are 10 tips to simplify your wardrobe.

10 Tips To Simplify Your Wardrobe

10 tips to simplify your wardrobe

Tip #1: Start with the “low hanging fruit”.

If you want to simplify your wardrobe, start by decluttering the “low hanging fruit” of things that can go.

Go through your closet and remove items with tears and stains. I know you plan to sew the tear, and I know you think you can remove that stain…

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But its been 6 months. It’s time to move on. 🙂

Items that you no longer wear can be donated or re-purposed into rags and cleaning cloths.

But removing them from your wardrobe creates a quick win in simplifying your wardrobe.

Tip #2: Get rid of clothes that don’t fit.

I know you’re just five pounds away from your favorite pants that you wore in college…

But I think its time to let them go.


They looked so great in college, or in the store, or in your head.

And I don’t think you should give up on living healthier and feeling better.

But if your goal in living a healthier lifestyle is JUST so you can fit into those pants…

I think you’re going to soon need longer term motivation.

If you own clothes that fit too large or too small, its time for someone else to gain use out of them.

Let them go, and take a deep breath at the new freedom you just gave yourself.

(I wrote about some larger sized shorts that I really enjoy wearing!)

Tip #3: Simplify your accessories.

I used to keep so much jewelry for special occasions or events.

but, I also used to pretty much wear the same jewelry every day.

I think jewelry really elevates and outfit. Because my wardrobe is pretty simple, I think jewelry can also help an outfit look more professional.

But I realized I need very little variety. A couple necklaces, a couple pairs of earrings, and that’s pretty much it.

I also only own three purses: a small neutral canvas bag, a bright red bag, and a really cool purse made from seat belts.

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Its enough variety that I seem to have what I need for any occasion.

In the future, look or accessories that match what you currently own.

Stop collecting items for “someday”.

Tip #4: Organize seasonal clothing items.

Items that you haven’t worn in over a year should be removed, and seasonal items like heavy coats can be moved to a closet that you can access when you need it.

Removing rarely worn seasonal items will help prevent these items from cluttering your every day closet.

Tip #5: Evaluate purchases based on trends.

This was a big one for me.

When browsing websites or magazines, I feel often shop with current trends in mind.

I don’t even realize I’m doing it!

Many trends styles don’t flatter me…

That’s the reality for most of us.

And there’s nothing wrong with that at all.

Your body is perfect just the way it is, and you should aim to wear comfortable clothing that YOU think looks great on it.

Fast fashion helps the industry find and regularly create more items consumers buy. Instead of falling victim to trends, discover what clothing items are your favorites, and the most flattering, and stick with what works.

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Tip #6: Touch every item in your closet.

I started simplifying my wardrobe by doing a quick pass using the tips above.

But once I donated a few things, I then took everything out and reorganized it.

I found so many clothes I’d never worn, but it took actually handling every item in my closet to discover them.

When they’re hanging, its hard to really see everything.

So, consider taking it all out.

Tip #7: Think about the one thing.

Try to consider the idea of *one* whenever you can.

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What one dress feels appropriate for work, events, weekends and date nights?

What *one* pair of shoes feel easily worn for both a lot of physical activity and a move night?

A closet you fill with only things you love becomes a closet that you’ll love to use.

Tip #8: Pick a number to simplify your wardrobe.

If you want to try experimenting with creating a capsule wardrobe, pick out 10 items to move aside in your closet, and see if you can stick with them for a week or a month.

I personally started with...

  • 4 shirts
  • 2 pants
  • 2 jackets
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 pair of shorts

Forcing yourself to select a narrow range of items pushes you to think about what you really wear and love.

Tip #9: Create a transition area.

I got rid of so many clothes that I created a “transition area” for clothes I wanted to get rid of after I’d narrowed down a lot.

What you don’t want to do is declutter so much that you end up needing to buy more.

So, if you’re on the fence about how much to narrow down, remove questionable items from your closet to get them out of sight and out of mind.

If you don’t revisit them after a few months, its probably safe to do away with them.

Tip #10: Reorganize your closet.

I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner, but after decluttering, I didn’t reorganize right away.

Once I did, I was amazed how much empty space there was in my closet.

Here are some tips.

  • Organize your shoes. Once I did, I realized I only needed one shoe rack instead of two, which opened up a lot of space.
  • Put long items at the end. I know this sounds like logic, but I didn’t do this until recently and my closet looks so much more tidy now.
  • Organize shirts by color. This helps me easily put outfits together.
  • Organize shirts by type. This helps me dress for the weather quickly and easily.

Next Steps In Decluttering Your Wardrobe

The next step to simplify your wardrobe involves getting started!

Use the guide below to begin creating your capsule wardrobe.

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Wondering how to create a capsule wardrobe? Download the guide below…

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4 thoughts on “10 Tips To Simplify Your Wardrobe (Simple Minimalist Wardrobe Tips)”

  1. Very helpful tips! Inspired me to reorganize my wardrobe! Thank you for sharing.

  2. You say to organize by color and type. Please explain. Thanks!

  3. for some reason i bought a pair of jeans with tiny red rosebuds embroidered on them. i should have sent them back – i was trying a new style look. i have kept them as wasted otherwise – after i have washed them i have to block out the roses with a black felt tip pen. if you buy on line and do not like – send back immediately.

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