I'm not a hoarder. I promise.

I have a lot of clothes.  
I also have way too many articles of clothing that don't fit or that just don't "look good."
And--quick now
 holdyourbritchesbecauseI'mgoingtoadmitsomethingthatmakesmefeelawfullyguilty--
some of those non-fitting items hanging so beautifully in our closet I haven't worn in AGES.  
Like months.  Or even years.

Why on earth do I keep ill-fitting shirts, skirts, shorts, jeans, and dresses? Because I feel so sinful for getting rid of them.  Somewhere in the back (or right there in front) of my closet mind, I have had myself convinced that I will one day wear those things again.  
One day.

But, since giving my gal-pal Amy ten dresses and six skirts to try to sell for me on the great worldwide web, I believe I've turned over a new leaf.  What's the point of cluttering up our closet with things that never get worn?  Why should I selfishly hang on to something that's in perfectly good shape, when someone else out there could benefit from it? 

Where to begin though?

The Husband suggested that we try something new in the closet to help us in this daunting task.

Can you see what he proposed?

He recommended that we turn the coat hangers around. 

Although it took me a while, you can see that I was able to manage it.  And, yes, I do organize our clothes by style (and mine by color...).  
The idea is a simple one that we can't take credit for.  If I knew where he found the idea, I'd give credit where credit is due, you know?  But I don't.  So, just know that this was not an original idea by either of us.

Moving on.

So, we started fresh with all of the hangers turned backward.  

As things get chosen to wear and then are washed, they will be hung back up facing the normal way (not the backward way).  This lets us see what we wear often.  This also shows us, without a doubt, what we neglect.  After a few months of this, we'll be able to see clearly what we can remove.  These things will then be donated.

Here's how it looks at the present.
Already, we have a few things that have been worn and washed and placed back on the hangers facing the regular way.  I'm excited about this new way to organize and this new opportunity to help us be good stewards of what we have. 

And, it helps me work on my hoarding, ahem, saving issues...

How do you decide what to keep and what to remove?  Or do you actually wear everything that resides in your closet? 

Comments

  1. What a fabulous idea! I'm going to do that soon too! I keep looking at my clothes thinking there are so many I don't wear, then I wonder which ones to get rid of. This is a great black and white answer to that question! Thank you!

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  2. When you were growing up, you always were the best at purging your closet and would get rid of things without a backward glance!! I always admired that because I would always second-guess giving up any of my clothing. I also read about/heard of this coat hanger idea somewhere, but never got around to trying it. You'll have to keep us updated on how this works for the two of you. I just need to realize that there are a lot of clothes in my closet that I will probably never wear/fit into again!!! I did clean out a few items from both your dad's and my closets and gave them to UBM yesterday. We must be in the same closet cleaning mode!!!!! LOL

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