The realistic cull and organisation of my wardrobe

I’ve been meaning to cull and organise my wardrobe for months! Our wardrobe can get out of control very easily. It’s not a big space. I had to sacrifice that when we built this house because I couldn’t make it bigger due it’s position on our house block. But I was ok with that because it meant I could not hoard and I had to minimise the crap we had.

Last week I decided I could almost halve that wardrobe. I was over all of my clothes and only ever wore the same few things. Fashion isn’t really my thing so I have a few nice things, but I mostly have house clothes! My husband works in a trade so he doesn’t have fancy clothes either.

I do, however, keep all of his suit stuff and any big winter jackets in another hanging space in one of my boys’ bedrooms. Chevy has a ridiculously large cupboard so I can easily steal a section of his space. I also keep all of my shoes in my wardrobe whilst the majority of my husbands are kept in the garage on some shelves.

So I got started. I brought in a roll of garbage bags and started ruthlessly culling… It was not pretty for a while and I dreaded starting it, but I knew it had to get worse before it would get better!


Slowly it started coming together… Here are my tips:

  • If I didn’t wear it last season then I’m not going to wear it again. Time for it to go. This includes shoes!
  • If I didn’t fit in to it last season then I’m not going to. Time for it to go. And I say this kindly to myself because if I did lose a few kg’s in the future then that means I’ll treat myself to something new rather than holding on to old clothes. I did the same thing with my husband’s t-shirts. He had 80 of them but only wears/fits about 5! Ha!
  • There are no fancy storage systems in my wardrobe. It’s just a matter of throwing out and only putting back what I need. I’m not fussy about coat-hangers, or colour coordinating clothes. It’s all black, black, black and little bit of animal print 😉
  • I am down to 3 pairs of jeans. I used to have about 7 pairs (and they either didn’t fit, or I didn’t like the shape). I now have 2 blue and 1 black pair.
  • I have only 2 handbags now + 2 special Kate Spade bags I will keep forever. Long gone are the days of 20 bags shoved up the back of my cupboard!
  • The majority of my cosmetic jewellery is gone.
  • I have a tub sitting on the floor which holds the off-season shoes. Rather than collecting dust I’ve piled them in there.
  • The little white cupboard holds the underwear, pj’s, winter scarves and belts.
  • I threw out old underwear which had seen better days. I then treated myself to some new stuff. I popped in to Best & Less and grabbed my usual black ‘Mum’ undies (I’m getting too old for fancy stuff!).
  • The little step ladder stays in there permanently and I make sure I used every bit of space, even right up the top.



I’m so happy I got this job done. It felt good to donate 8 bags of clothes to The Salvo’s this week. All the hanging clothes now have room to sit neatly rather than sandwiched against each other. Even my husband was impressed!

So, you don’t need to go and buy ‘things’ to help you sort out your wardrobe to make it workable and liveable. The best thing you can do is be determined to cull it right back and just work with what you’ve got. You need to be prepared to let go of things. And to be more ruthless! This big clean out made me feel better in so many ways. I don’t feel like I am holding on to any “maybe” stuff anymore.

Are you in the middle of cleaning yours up? Or is it on your to-do list?


  • Dutch S Krissi

    Love it! I’m very into intentional living, I try to cull constantly rather than the huge overhall. I keep a bag for my sister for when she visits every few months from Canberra, anything she doesn’t want goes to charity. It usually begins when I try on then take off a top constantly because it doesn’t sit right, if I notice I do this three or so times it goes-I’m never gonna wear it even if I love the fabric. My sister ends up happy, I still give to charity and it feels better that someone can get use out of rather than clogging up my space!

  • Sarah Lennon

    Bev Wilson…. Salvos Wagga I am guessing!

  • Anne Dunstan

    I also turn all my coat hangers backwards then as I wear am item I face the cost hanger around the correct way. Anything facing backwards in a few months goes. Also a good idea to have a basket in the cupboard for charity, if you put it on then take it off straight away put it straight in the charity bin because you will never wear it.

  • Kathy Bennett

    Great advice Katrina – thank you am of to do that today!

  • Kylie Starling

    I need to do this. The trouble is I hang on 2 all those old jeans thinking I’ll fit in to them again hehe.

  • Kristy Chambers

    I’ve been to salvos twice for drop offs this week!????

  • Cheryl Kennedy

    3 moves in 9 months and I’ve got next to nothing left it’s great !!!!!

  • Momentary Lapse of Reality

    I’m in the middle of reading Marie Kondo and I’m about to move house…. there is about to be a major cull in my wardrobe!

  • Kylee

    I’ve just started 2 weeks holidays as of today and I’m doing a whole house cull.
    Well, I say that now. Let’s see how it pans out LOL

  • Natalie Noon

    That picture looks almost the same as my wardrobe last week, even the ladder! I threw out 1 bag of stuff and donated 5 more large bags. It’s so much less stressful to get dressed.

  • Alarna Martens

    Did you read that Kellie Vincent Lofthouse? 3 pairs of jeans, NOT 70!!!! Want me to book you into JA’s?

  • Caroline Ross

    Katrina this is the issue for many ” You need to be prepared to let go of things”
    The declutter Guru Peter Walsh says its all linked to our “emotions” of not letting go. When your home is cluttered you feel “cluttered” Its amazing how a good clean out lifts of the stress.
    I have taken a massive bag today to the Charity Op Shop but there is more more more ! to go

  • Kristy Davey Plowright

    Omg I need you to come to my place and help me do this!! I’m terrible! I might “just need that one day”…

  • Sum

    Thanks for making me feel normal about my wardrobe. Thanks for the new found inspiration to do my wardrobe (again!)

  • N

    Reading this makes me motivated to tackle mine this weekend. A draw full of nothing to wear, I think it’s time for a clean out!

  • Maureen Ellis

    Absolutely NO! Other than for the house number on the grey rendered wall, which sounds pretty cool!

  • Maureen Ellis

    Whoops, sorry I am talking about the plywood … wrong field !

  • Wendy

    Thanks Katrina. You inspired me but mine was so overwhelming I have had to do it bit at a time!!! Done shoes, drawers and bags. Just got the hanging things to cull!!! Feels so good to get it under control and cleanse!!! On a mission to work through the whole house now.

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