Declutter – Wardrobe Cabinets

#26 Wardrobe

What do you keep in your wardrobe that necessarily shouldn’t be in there?  Does it belong in the shed, the office, or in the laundry?  Today I would like you to find at least 5 items and place them in a better home and find 5 items to declutter from your wardrobe.  Not clothes (this decluttering task is coming soon), but items, things, stuff.


In our wardrobe I keep:

  • Clothes
  • Much loved kids baby items, these are small items in a specific keep sake box
  • All Christmas decorations
  • Seasonal clothes
  • Extra blankets
  • Suitcases
  • Handbags
  • Gym bags
  • Shoes we don’t wear often
  • A secret kidding spot for kids toys

The advantages of cleaning out your wardrobe is that you will spend less time looking for something.  You know exactly where it is because y0u have created your home.  {image credit unknown}

What have you been able to remove from your wardrobe?

More information about the Decluttering 52 things in 52 weeks challenge HERE

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Kirsty August 9, 2011 - 9:27 PM

Our wardrobe really needs a lot of tidying up! At the moment it doesnt even have all our clothes in there, its frustrating but I think I have to admit that I have too many clothes! LOL

Sevencherubs August 9, 2011 - 9:53 PM

I seriously need to go through mine as well. We don’t have a shed so my wardrobe is kind of the shed and I am always trying to de-clutter it. Time for another clean out I think. Thanks for the reminder. N x

Melissa Mitchell August 9, 2011 - 9:56 PM

Ooh. I really do have to do this one. Our WIR has become a disaster zone. The things my husband has stored up on the top shelf are a danger. I’ve literally had them fall down on me while I jump (ok, so I’m kind of short. I have to jump or get a chair if I want to see anything on that shelf) to see if there’s something I”m looking for in there.

Wicked Kitti August 9, 2011 - 10:23 PM

Yay! I’ve needed to do this for ages. My wardrobe is filled with boxes of paperwork. Tax returns and receipts well over the 7 year timeframe, Old resumes, outdated bank statements, etc. There are even old coffee machines!!? Hopefully after this there will be room for my shoes… 😉

Lisa Warren August 9, 2011 - 10:33 PM

Wow, I really have fallen behind in my 52 challenge! I was just looking at my wardrobe last night thinking that I need to bag up all the clothes that I can’t fit into. What’s the point of having them take up valuable hanging and drawer space?

Muddled Up Mumma August 9, 2011 - 11:51 PM

I am about to pack my wardrobe up tomorrow in preparation for moving house. I have someone helping me as I want to be strict with what stay and goes, to get off to a good start in the new home.

Melissa August 9, 2011 - 11:58 PM

I’m taking a day off work next week, so I can spend a full (child free!) day tackling my wardrobe… so SO glad that the wardrobe is your focus this month! 🙂

Norlin August 10, 2011 - 7:27 AM

Hmm…5 things? that’s a bit hard…I can name one so far – my wedding dress that’s been packed in a box, and it’s sealed too. Might have to move that into my spare room instead.

Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots August 10, 2011 - 9:55 AM

I really really to sort out and organise the top shelf of my wardrobe but haven’t had the time to do it. This is a good idea, I can manage taking five things from it and finding new homes for them

Tina August 10, 2011 - 9:59 AM

My wardrobe is a bit of a hold all because we don’t have a lot of storage space. I have a plastic tun in the bottom that I’ve been putting stuff that I’ve bought and putting away for Christmas, and there’s a box of Annabelle’s baby momentos in there that can probably be moved to somewhere else.

Alyce B August 11, 2011 - 4:18 AM

Hmm, grandparents’ stuff, clothes/shoes/etc, study books, my fabric stash, linen closet (there’s nowhere else for that stuff to go!)… it’s a giant built-in and even with all the stuff that’s in it, there’s still more space!!

Sarah Connolly September 8, 2011 - 10:21 PM

Hi Katrina,
I have just finished my declutter & reorganisation of my hall wardrobe and have posted the photos onto my blog ( and linked up to your post.
Thank you for the tips & advice… I’m so pleased with my new organised space & am ready to tackle the next area in the house…

Ali October 8, 2012 - 4:29 PM

I went through my wardrobe, I took out my girl guide hat that has pins on it from going on holiday of each town plus girl guide pins… that is now center stage on a draw on a doll, I also found my old camera have decided to finally sell it. My baby toy that is with the hat, being a show piece. Hats, bags, all gone, I now have a lot more room,

Katrina October 8, 2012 - 10:04 PM

Great work, nice that you can that you get to view your special items every day x

Buff October 22, 2012 - 1:52 PM

I have hundreds of items of clothing that I’m having trouble sorting out and giving away. I don’t seem to be able to part with clothing. Can anyone help me?Buff

Suzanne June 12, 2013 - 2:28 PM

I see this was posted 8 months ago. Any luck since then? It’s tough getting rid of “perfectly good clothing”. Unless it’s a classic cashmere sweater (I wish) or another classic and pricey item I toss/consign/give away anything that’s 10 years old. If it’s a trendy item it may only be 2 years old as trends end quickly. For items that are REALLY hard to part with but you know they need to go… have a photo taken of you in it! Plan a “modelling day” so you can have fun dressing up, taking photos and then say bye-bye. Hope this helps.

Buff October 22, 2012 - 1:54 PM

I’m thinking I should just get things into colours and currently worn items and then making a pile of things I’m not wearing. p.s. a lot of my clothes have been very expensive to purchase but I really don’t need 30 leather jackets! Help.

Suzanne May 3, 2013 - 5:50 AM

I clean out the closet twice per year (warm/cold weather). I take gently worn items to the consignment shop and those items which are older styles to my local church that helps out those in need.

I sew my own clothes and make jewelry (I’m a designer). The shop is always happy to me and it’s good to recycle.

Suzanne from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Katrina May 3, 2013 - 8:48 AM

sorting through twice per year in the cold and warm seasons is fantastic, a great way to ensure that you don’t collect too much and you can remove/donate what you didn’t wear during the season. Your onto it!!

Suzanne June 12, 2013 - 2:24 PM

Starting in the Autumn I’ll be sewing one clothing item per week for a new wardrobe. Each item that’s new means one old item must go. I’m a designer/pattern drafter/seamstress so I am a walking advert!

Katrina June 17, 2013 - 11:49 AM

That’s a fantastic idea Suzanne


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