Day 238: Focusing on Decluttering the Wardrobes One Step at a Time

After carving out the usual time to myself this morning, I carried on listening to Mel Robbins audible book Take Control of Your Life. She has a no nonsense approach and I needed that today. I just had to jot down these words to share with you…

If you have a decluttering project that’s overwhelming you, just focus on that one lego block at a time approach; brick by brick to make it stick. You don’t need five hours, attack it five minutes at a time.

Mel Robbins, Take Control of Your Life

After listening to that, I put my decluttering hat on and got started!

Sorting out another wardrobe

Today I took everything out of the bottom of the other larger wardrobe next to the one that I sorted out yesterday. I knew that it contained a large suitcase full of clothes that I’d put ‘out of sight’ months ago. I didn’t expect to find another smaller suitcase in there also full of clothes!!

Hidden cases of clothes

I was a bit annoyed with myself for not getting rid of these a long time ago. Anyway, I did a quick sort by holding up each item one by one and either putting it in the ‘charity’ pile or ‘not sure if I want’ pile. I know, I know… not a good idea, but I’d forgotten that I had this stuff and I kind of liked some of it. There’ll be no final decision until I’ve tried it all on. I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for that today. I counted 30 items from the pile below that have now gone into a charity bag. Well done me!

30 items of clothing for charity

In the wardrobe I also found bags of toiletries and shoes (that I’m not sure that my husband knew were there), an old iron, a couple of overnight bags that were all dusty, some papers, an old inflatable mattress and other random items. Quite a bit of that stuff will not be staying!

I vacuumed the carpet inside the wardrobe (it goes round the corner next to the other wardrobe so it’s a bit awkward to get to) and I only put back the items that belonged in there. The suitcase of clothes that I need to try on will also need to be put back in there temporarily; however, I’ll be getting rid of the smaller suitcase because the zip is broken (I was actually quite pleased when I discovered that as it helps with decision making 😀).

I haven’t touched the actual clothes that are hanging up in this wardrobe as my husband will need to do that another time. At least the floor area is clean and clear. Here are the before and after photos of the floor area.

Before and after clearing floor area

I’m pleased with my progress today, and I actually made some decisions about stuff. I was actually quite ruthless I think. It was a perfect day for this kind of task as the weather has been so windy and a little bit wet today. It’s still howling out there now.

One other important point to add is that I made sure I had short breaks throughout the day. I even rustled up a quick Victoria sponge cake 🍰. It was delicious with a cup of tea.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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5 Responses to Day 238: Focusing on Decluttering the Wardrobes One Step at a Time

  1. jesusluvsall says:

    When you finish your declutter project, you might feel bored, so you are welcome to visit me and declutter for me 🙂

  2. Hidden suitcases full of clothes, that is a new one. Why were they hidden? You did a great job and I know taking the time to try on those clothes is a pain but so worth it. When I have to do that and don’t want to be doing it all morning I try on one category a day, for instance all pants, jeans and shorts one day, all dresses the next etc.

    • ‘Hidden’ is probably the wrong way of describing it. More like out of site out of mind, or avoiding getting rid of them. Great tip about the process of trying on the clothes, thank you

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