18 October 2021

Decluttering your wardrobe made easy with these three tips

A woman sorts through clothes to take to a British Red Cross charity shop.

Spent lockdown buying stuff you don't need? Then why not have a wardrobe spring-clean for charity?

In these uncertain times, gaining control of our surroundings - or at least our wardrobes - can make us feel loads better. Setting manageable goals, such as sorting through a shoe rack, can boost our self esteem and help us to feel better about ourselves.

Less clutter also brings less stress. And you'll be able to find things more easily too. Question is: how to start?

1. Look forward to it


You’ll never make the time to clear out your clothes if you’re dreading it. Instead, why not turn it into something fun? Set aside a day or evening. Put your favourite music or film on in the background, and you’ll be surprised at how fast you can get things done.

Make sure the rest of your sorting area is tidy, too, so there’s no cleaning up to do once you’re finished.

2. Use the never worn it rule


Are there clothes in your wardrobe that still have tags on? You’re not alone. 70% of women admitted that they have bought a piece of clothing and never worn it.

If you haven’t worn something in the last year, it’s time to donate it. If you haven’t worn it in the last three months, ask yourself whether you’re going to wear it next season. If the answer is no, track down your nearest British Red Cross shop and drop it off.

3. Try your clothes on


While you’re sorting through your clothes, it’s important to try pieces on – even if that means a lot of outfit changes. Do they still fit, or did they never really fit in the first place? Do you still like them? Putting outfits together will help decide whether items are going on the ‘keep’ or ‘donate’ pile.

If you’re not sure, attach a safety pin to the piece of clothing and only remove it when you wear it. If the pin is still there in a few months, you’ll know it was destined for the ‘donate’ pile.

Once your clothes are bagged up, drop them off at one of our charity shops. You'll get your life back and you'll also help to fund our vital work at home and abroad.

Donate by post

Many of our charity shops are closed at the moment. But you can now send us your pre-loved clothing by post for free! Order a free donation bag from our gift store, fill it with clothes you no longer need, and drop it off at your local Collect+ shop.

Donate through ReGain

Donate your preloved items through ReGain and receive discount vouchers for high street retailers in the process! Gather up your items and find your local drop off point via the ReGain app.