Have you come across those minimal Scandinavian wardrobes and wondered if yours could look like that? Well, we think it easily could, as long as you're ready to make some smart decisions. People who keep their wardrobes neat and tidy don't always put a lot of effort into it; most of them just make sure to stock up on minimal yet versatile pieces and are quick about eliminating what doesn't work. If you love your clothes, this may seem like a difficult thing to do, but keep in mind that in the long run, it makes getting ready much less of a task—especially on days when you're running late. To make it a smooth process, we suggest you think of a wardrobe cleanse as less of a challenge and more of a detox—so you can make space for all the new trends you wanted to add to your repertoire. Scroll ahead for our top tips on how to declutter your wardrobe with minimum effort.  

Start Off With A Few Questions

Hold up every outfit you own one by one and ask yourself some simple questions. Does it evoke a happy feeling for you? Does it fit? Is it relevant to your present style and lifestyle? Does it spark a memory, and do you still want it? If you don't find yourself answering in the affirmative immediately, toss it out. This practice is sure to make your wardrobe cleanse much easier. Resolve to only keep the items that you absolutely need or really adore. By the end of your cleanse, you should be giving away at least ten essentials to make this worth it.

Segregate Wisely

If you’re someone who has a nine-to-five job and wears mostly formals and smart casuals, segregates your workwear and your off-duty clothes into two separate sections. This will make it easier to put an outfit together when you have an early morning meeting and need to rush out the door as fast as you can. Alternatively, you can also segregate according to categories, like home wear, loungewear, sleepwear, athleisure, vacation essentials, etc.

Store Occasion Wear Separately

To make those beautiful gowns and suits last a lifetime, you need to store them well. Wrap them with soft tissue paper and store them in a trunk, or a separate compartment in your wardrobe. Aside from ensuring durability, the dissociation will also leave you with more space for your daily essentials.

Arrange According To Seasons

Your fluffy sweaters and pyjamas shouldn't occupy most of your wardrobe space during the warmer months. Put them away in a box or a separate cupboard where they can be stored well. This will leave you with more room in your closet for your summer dresses, tank tops, skirts, etc. Come winter, do the switch again to get your wardrobe ready for the change in season.  

Stop Hoarding

As tough as it may be to part ways with an outfit that holds emotional or sentimental value to you, if you haven't worn it for a very long time, you really should let go. Practically speaking, you might never wear it again and it’s just consuming space. Also, if you own clothes that still have their tags on because you never wore them after buying them, we suggest you give them to a friend who might get better use out of them.


Once you've selected the clothes you don't want to keep any more, consider donating them to an NGO near you—if they're not damaged beyond repair, that is. Many brands also recycle clothes to manufacture new material, so you can give your clothes to them as well. It's always a good idea to recycle and reuse something instead of throwing it away.   Image courtesy: Shutterstock