Today's mission is to declutter your wardrobe of workwear, such as suits, uniforms and office clothes that you don't need and are excess stuff, to get rid of your closet or drawer clutter.
This mission is designed to be done while we're focused on the Organize Master Bedroom Closet Challenge and/or the Organize Master Bedroom Challenge, which are two of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges here on the site. When you do the mission depends on where you keep these types of clothes within your home, the closet or within a drawer in the bedroom.
Instead of trying to get rid of all your clothing clutter at once, and then feeling overwhelmed, or pulling out too many clothes all at once and making a big mess, I've broken this task of decluttering clothes up for you into a series of missions. Some of these daily missions are focused on the type of clothing item, while others are focused on clearing out the places you store the various types of clothes, such as in drawers in your bedroom, or hanging up or on shelves or drawers within your closet, for example.
As always, when decluttering any type of clothing, make sure to use these 9 questions to help you with the process, so you can feel good about the choices you make.
During this Declutter 365 mission I want you to evaluate whether to keep or get rid of the following types of clothing items in your closet or dresser drawers that are considered workwear or work clothes.
Depending on what your job is, the clothing you wear for it can be wide-ranging, from formal suits, dressy office wear, business casual, uniforms, casual clothing such as pants and shirts, scrubs, and more.
Some of these items of clothing may be things you can also wear outside of work, such as dresses, or they might be things you only wear at work, and would not be appropriate at any other time, like a uniform with a company logo.
Further, because of safety issues, or very specialized jobs, you may have specific items such as eyewear, shoes or boots, or headwear that you must wear on the job as well.
Today's the day for all of that, if you haven't already dealt with it in another of the specific clothing Declutter 365 missions (many of which I've linked to above as I mentioned specific overlapping types of clothing items that may apply to your workwear situation).
When you begin the process of getting rid of work clothes clutter, the first thing you've got to ask yourself, is how much workwear do you actually need?
This is always a complicated question for me to answer, because everyone's situation is unique, and it's even more difficult when discussing this type of clothing, because the type of job you have, and therefore the types of clothes you wear to it, will add even more variables to the mix in determining the final answer.
Therefore, instead of providing you with rigid guidelines about how many of any particular item you need (and which most likely not be the right answer for you anyway), here are the factors you should consider, for yourself, when determining how much workwear you need to keep in your closet or drawers.
Keep decluttering to get rid of excess items that don't fit your body, you don't like, aren't in fashion, have too many stains or tears to be salvageable, or otherwise will not fit into the space you've got designated for them.
Here are some photos from Declutter 365 participants who've already worked on this mission, and gotten rid of some of their clothing clutter that they wore to work.
I hope as you check out these photos you'll see the positive impact this task had on these readers homes, and will get you motivated to do the mission too!
First, is a photo from a reader, Mary Jo, who said, "After 30+ years in retail, and, body changes (lol), I'm finally ready to edit my closet, and move on toward retirement (soon, but, not yet). I've separated tops, bottoms, dresses, etc. Family and friends have made their picks, now just finishing up, and, almost ready for donation. I did try selling on yard sale groups, but, no interest."
In addition, the photo below is from another reader, Linda, who decluttered her closet, specifically focused on her business attire winter clothing.
I hope these instructions have inspired you to get rid of your workwear clutter, so your wardrobe and closet contain only the items that you love, and look and feel good on you each day as you head into the office or wherever else you work.
When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.
I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!
In addition, here's a round up of all the Declutter 365 missions on the site for decluttering clothes of all kinds.
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