This isn’t what I originally intended to share with you today, but after your Life is a Canvas post, I felt compelled to reveal this little wardrobe de-cluttering trick with you. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? I saw it on the TLC show, “What Not to Wear” (back when we used to own a TV). It was the perfect thing to implement once we moved here, because although I went to great lengths to de-clutter my closet before our over-seas venture, I still brought more clothes than our little, shared, IKEA wardrobe could handle. Basically, I went from having a walk-in closet, to sharing this.
We also have a dresser, but needless to say, I had to take over a wee bit of closet space in our spare room.
Anyway, the decluttering trick is to hang all your clothes in the closet with the hangers facing the wrong way…so the open end of the hanger is facing you. Like this.
When you wear something and wash it, you will naturally put it back in the closet the normal way…with the closed side of the hanger facing you. After 1 year, check to see if any of the hangers are still reversed. That means you didn’t wear that piece of clothing all year and you can probably justify donating or repurposing it. You could check after 6 months, but I find that since clothing is seasonal, it’s probably best to go through an entire year.
I haven’t figured out a good way to do this with clothes that is folded in a drawer. Hmmm…any ideas?
I hope you had a colorful weekend and are ready to welcome another vibrant wardrobe week!