3 Questions to Remember When Decluttering

Throughout this minimalism journey, I’ve always talked about taking out stuff to free our minds and space. I know it is easier said than done, and you might be wondering how to even start with it.

So, here are the 3 things to remember when taking out your clothing items.

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Have I worn it in the past 6 months?

This is perfect for those living in a place with 4 seasons. If you live in a place with 2 seasons, the ideal number of months would be 4 months.

Think about the last time you wore that dress. If it has been more than 4-6 months since you last wore it, then it’s time to part away with it.

I’d say that six months is the maximum time of letting a piece go. Though it will be better to consider taking out more months since it’s more likely that you wouldn’t wear a certain piece if it’s been stuck in your closet for at least 3 months.


Does it spark joy to me?

Now, this can be hard.

A lot of times, we are keeping stuff because of memorandum or because someone gave it to us.

But does it still make you happy? Or are you just keeping it because you feel bad?

Remember, garments are meant to be used. So, if you’re not using it, you better give it to someone who will benefit from it.


Is it an essential piece?

Essential pieces are easier to style and are more likely to be used.

So, if you have more of this option, it will be more helpful in limiting your wasted time and disregard the stress on the issue of what to where today.

When taking out the stuff you don’t need, a right mindset is crucial.

Before you take out these unwanted things, always remember these 3 questions:

  • Have I worn/used it in the past 6 months?
  • Does it spark joy to me?
  • Is it an essential piece?

I hope that this pattern works out for you. Good luck on your minimalism journey!




Published by Tep

TEP is a passion project where Tep shares her travel journey, road to minimalism and tactics to having a growth mindset using words, photographs and videos.

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