It is said that there are people who have just enough clothes to easily fit all the parts into a small rucksack that would pass through even as hand luggage on a Ryanair flight. Yes, including shoes, bags, hats, gloves etc. Crazy, right?
Maybe this seems a bit too crass for you, but also somehow enviable. Surely these people have no problems mucking out their wardrobe and only have those items hanging in the cupboard that they really like, that they like to wear often and in which they feel really comfortable.
Meanwhile there are several videos on Youtube about the word combination “wardrobe + minimalism”, because apparently women are especially interested in how many trousers, shoes etc. other women own and how they are stored.
Whereas in the past everyone enviously looked at room tours through walk-in wardrobes with fat sneaker collections, today more and more people are enthusiastic about tidy clothes rails on which a maximum of 33 pieces hang. To own a few, but really great and good things – that’s what more and more people are striving for; a nice change of trend in times of primark-haul and shopping frenzy orgy.
How to consume fashion sustainably
What is the best way to clean out the wardrobe?
If you are one of those people who are always trying to clean out the wardrobe, but ultimately fail because you don’t want to part with anything – please read on!
We have made a list of clothes that you can confidently part with immediately. To make sure that this time you can clean them out without any heartache or pangs of conscience’s here is a little help:
1. “If I don’t bend down, I’ll be all right”
How comfortable do you feel in a blouse where you check every few minutes whether the neckline is still correctly fitted and whether the fabric has already slipped out of your trousers because you had to bend down for a moment?
Clothes that only fit 100% and look good when they are neatly plucked and draped, as in the catalogue, are real nuisances in everyday life. After all, in the conference you want to concentrate fully on the content of your presentation and not think about whether the skirt has just crawled up your thighs again a few centimetres. Ergo: Get rid of clothes that may look pretty but get on your nerves when you wear them. Because, to be honest: You never wear them anyway!
Two. “But it used to be so damn expensive!”
Sometimes the only reason that keeps you from disposing of your clothes is that you think with horror of all the money that you once paid for them. It’s silly if you never really wore the thing then or at least don’t wear it now.
But that’s the way it is: the money is gone anyway – whether the thing is sitting in your wardrobe unworn or whether you part with it right away. You better make money out of it and sell it. Where this works best, we tell you further down in the text.
Three. “Oops, almost burst. But I’m sure it will fit again soon.”
No question, there are pants that you like so incredibly that you can still cling to them just before the back pockets explode. Everybody understands! But be completely honest with yourself and answer the following question: Is it really realistic that you will ever again fit into skinny jeans, which were already sitting damn tight 5 years ago?
Clothes that you keep because you think you will fit in again at some point only cause discomfort every time you open the closet door. Do you really need this unnecessary pressure? Take it away!
These 10 basics belong in every wardrobe
Four. “Old Swede, what was I thinking?”
There are fashion trends that we are all very ashamed of a little later. This is perfectly fine and is certainly part of the learning process. Stupid only if you bunk off the parts without need and your wardrobe turns into a “wardrobe of shame” bit by bit. These parts take away unnecessary space and just make you feel guilty when you look at them.
Better: Find your own style! It may sound banal, but it helps a lot against mispurchases. Once you know which colours and cuts suit you and which style you can identify with, you don’t feel the need to follow every trend. If you go shopping according to this principle, you will later discover that suddenly almost all the pieces in your wardrobe can be wonderfully combined with each other.
Five. “Oh, I wore this when I was 12 years old…”
You can see for yourself, can’t you? Let me get this straight: If the only reason you’re clinging to that garment is for nostalgia, split. Or does your Abiball dress from back then look as if you really want to show yourself in it again somewhere?
If you still like the piece, like it super and you will definitely still wear it (carnival? New Year’s Eve?) – of course keep it. Has it only the function to remind you of the experience XY to remember – you’d better do without.
Six. “You can definitely still wear this to clean up.”
Bet you can’t clean as much as you’ve been hoarding cleaning clothes. The same goes for baggy T-shirts that become a sleeping shirt and baggy sweatpants that turn into chill pants.
Do you really wear the parts for cleaning, painting, weed picking, sleeping and tyre changing? Or are these all just pretended reasons not to have to part with the garment in the end? If the latter is the case: Put it away!
Seven. “Yay, today I’m finally wearing… “Oh, there’s a button missing.”
Clothes that are missing only one button or have a loose seam often lead a rather sad existence in your wardrobe. All because you are simply too lazy to finally take them to the tailor or mend them yourself. Find exactly these parts together and either repair them or separate yourself. It’s that simple.
Where to put old, discarded clothes?
Cleaned up a little? Great! But where to put all this stuff? The best thing is to donate – then you will collect a lot of karma points instead of a lot of old stuff. Many other people are happy about clothes that don’t fit or like you anymore. But please do not give away any perforated clothes. Who else should wear them? Better than recycling cleaning rags! And dispose of them when you already have more than enough.
By the way: Be careful with collection containers in front of the door – these are usually run by organisations that sell the old clothes on and put the money in their own pockets. If you want to help the needy with your donation, you should donate directly to homeless shelters, women’s shelters or similar organisations. If used clothing containers, then only with the label of “FairWertung.
Where can I sell discarded clothing?
You want to make some money from old clothes yourself? If you want to get rid of a lot of mass and don’t feel like photographing everything individually for Ebay & Co. and answer annoying questions about the fit with “wearing pictures”, the best place to do this is the flea market. Here you won’t get much money for the individual parts, but you can get rid of almost everything and don’t have to invest much time and work in selling them.
Take your best friend with you, then’s will be more fun and you can share the stand rent.
If you would like to have a few euros more for the clothes you wear, it is best to sell them at a clothes spinning top, girls’ flea market or clothes basket. Takes time and nerves. But any bet that your “old clothes” will find new, happy owners there.
The brand-name piece used to be damn expensive and is hardly ever worn? Then it’s not for the flea market or the usual apps. Designer clothes in mint condition can be bought at the two designer second-hand shops Vestiaire Collective and Rebelle.
Although you pay a commission to the shops when they succeed, you still make more money than on eBay because the price is higher from the outset. This is possible because the shops check all items for authenticity and the customers do not have to be afraid of fakes and are then willing to pay more.
What am I supposed to clean out of the closet?
If in doubt, the quick check helps: Tighten once and place in front of the mirror. When you try it on again, do you think: “It fits perfectly, I like it super and it’s meeega comfortable”? Then you should keep the piece. Basics such as jeans, T-shirts and wool jumpers in plain colours are timeless and can always be styled differently. These pieces should stay – provided they fit!
Have you not worn a piece of clothing for a year or more? In tidying-up guides you can read again and again that these items can be removed in any case. But you don’t always have to be so radical. After all, many trends come back at some point.
For example, do you still have an old Leo blouse? You probably haven’t worn it for a long time, but now it’s back in style. Check patterns and flower prints are also coming back again and again. You should only sort out parts with these if they are too small or broken. If you don’t wear them at the moment, you shouldn’t take away any space in your wardrobe.
So better store them neatly folded with moth paper in boxes and either put them on top of the cupboard or even better: take them to the attic!
How should I best organize my remaining clothes?
First get everything out, on the bed or the floor and then put individual categories in piles. T-shirts to T-shirts, dresses to dresses, and so on. Bet that you will get your hands on even more pieces that you don’t need anymore or that you can’t even remember?
Afterwards you have to sort everything into the wardrobe and the chest of drawers in such a way that you can quickly find each item of clothing again. This only works if the stacks are really neat and do not fall apart. It is particularly space-saving and clear to fold tops and T-shirts, for example, and then place them upright in a drawer.
By the way, you should always fold woollen clothing, not hang it up. Because otherwise sweaters and co. hang themselves. Dresses, blouses and everything that would crease unattractively due to folding should be hung up.
Care tips for wool
Finally, a series tip for all those who now really feel like cleaning up
Be sure to check out the Ausmalt documentary “Cleaning up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix. The Japanese has become famous worldwide as a tidiness expert with her book “Magic Cleaning – how correct cleaning changes your life”. Now she is touring through California and explains to people how to get rid of superfluous things and how to keep order in their homes. According to Marie Kondo, cleaning out the wardrobe is only the first step.
A great documentary series for all those who regularly sink into chaos and feel the urgent need to bring order and clarity into their lives.
No more closet space? You’ll get that under control! If you follow our tips exactly, you will soon have enough air on the clothes rail and in the drawers to sort out all your items sensibly and have new favourites moved in. Well then, have fun clearing out!