Marie Kondo teaches: things that don’t make us happy have no reason to stay with us.

Many call it tidying up, others decluttering, which consists of removing from our living spaces what we no longer use or what no longer evokes any emotion. Objects, memories, accessories that can be recycled by finding a new owner.

This often happens with clothes, which accumulate in the closet and, if not kept in order, pile up creating chaos and making it difficult to understand what we really have available. But what better opportunity to do some sorting than the spring closet change?

Here are some tips according to the Marie Kondo method:

1. Understand what you have: empty the closet

As the queen of Japanese tidying teaches us, chaos can be an ally in the initial phase of decluttering. Taking out all our clothes from our closet can help us focus on what we haven’t worn in a long time but might be useful, what we had forgotten we had because it was maybe hidden, and what we haven’t worn for ages because we feel it no longer belongs to us.

2. Be clear with yourself about what you will use and what you won’t

If at first you feel overwhelmed, be patient, and you will see that you will manage to sort everything out. Ask yourself a simple question: “When was the last time I wore this?”. This is a pragmatic method to make rational choices rather than impulsive ones. If there’s a T-shirt you bought 10 years ago, but after the initial excitement you put it at the bottom of the closet, try to think about how useful it would be for someone else to use it. Then group the clothes you will definitely keep, those you no longer want to keep, and those you are undecided about. Come back to these last ones at the end, after the initial selection, to evaluate their functionality.

3. Fold clothes properly and divide them by category

After selecting the items that will continue to populate your closet, a piece of advice we give you is to clean thoroughly to create an optimal environment that can preserve the clothes in the best way. After cleaning the closet and drawers, store the clothes neatly folded to keep everything tidy and organize them by type: pants together with skirts, shirts next to jackets, sweatpants with hoodies, and so on. Group everything by type and occasion of use.

More Eco-friendly Decluttering in 4 Steps:

1. Reuse and recycle: Before throwing away clothes you no longer wear, consider if they can be reused or recycled. You can donate them to charity organizations, organize a swap with friends or family, or transform them into new garments or accessories.

2. Repair and renew: if there are clothes you still like a lot but are a bit damaged, consider repairing them. With some adjustments or repairs, they will come back to life. Even small repairs can make a garment last longer and reduce the overall amount of textile waste.

3. Organize sustainably: use reusable containers or recyclable materials to organize the accessories or clothes you want to keep. Avoid using disposable plastic bags or non-recyclable boxes.

4. Conserva con cura: When storing your clothes, especially if they are delicate materials, such as wool, equip yourself with garment-saving products, such as our Biodegradable Garment Saver Bags with natural plant ingredients. Plant and flower extracts such as lavender, unpleasant to moths, delicately perfume clothes and linen.

Conclusions

When storing your clothes, especially if they are delicate materials, such as wool, equip yourself with garment-saving products, such as our Biodegradable Garment Saver Bags with natural plant ingredients. Plant and flower extracts such as lavender, unpleasant to moths, delicately perfume clothes and linen.