A few times a year, usually during the season changes, it is a really good idea to go through your clothing, keep what you love and what you wore during the previous season and discard anything that is old, doesn’t fit, doesn’t feel good to wear, etc. Make room for the new!
Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? This rule can apply to many different things but for this we are focusing on clothing. Did you know that we generally wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time? I started using the “Hanger Method” before winter of last year and it has been a game changer for me. This has been all about tops and bottoms for me and definitely I am wearing a small amount of clothes that I love, most of the time.
– you have all of your hangers facing the same direction
– as you wear each of your clothing items turn the hanger the opposite way
– if you don’t love the item or it doesn’t fit, its stained or worn out, put it right into the donation bag that is in your closet.
– if it needs to be ironed or gets wrinkled as soon as you breathe out it goes. I love clothes I can roll up in a ball if needed (like in a suitcase) that do not get wrinkled. The simpler the better for me.
-at the end of the season, you will notice all of the clothes that you didn’t wear and then you can make a decision about whether to keep them or not
Here is a pic of my current closet. These were the favourites over the winter.
I really could get more matching hangers. I really love the dollar store velvet hangers. They are great for making sure your clothes don’t fall on the floor or into your laundry basket. Just don’t twist around the hook at the top as it will just fall off eventually.
Are you Ready? Let’s get started!
A little reminder: Once you have things in the donation bag or box, get them out of your home and to the charity of your choice as soon as possible.
Some great tips for Decluttering your Clothes:
- Try on each piece of clothing. How does it make you feel? Does it make you feel like a queen? In charge of your life? If not, get rid of it.
- Clothing that no longer fits. Too big or too small. Even if your body changes and it will, you may need something different or that fits better. See #1
- Clothing that needs to be mended. Are you going to get around to doing that alteration or has it been sitting in a pile for way too long? I got rid of a pile of clothes that needed to be mended because I just didn’t feel like spending the time doing it.
- Clothing from this past season that you didn’t wear? Why didn’t you wear it? Try the “hanger method”. There might be a lot of clothing that you never wear. Why are you keeping it? If you don’t love it and you didn’t wear it, likely you won’t wear it next season either.
- Throw out anything that is looking old, with stains or broken zippers, etc. At the end of the season throw out old worn out boots or footwear. You are going to need new ones for next year anyway. Easy peasy, right?
- Sentimental items. It can be hard to let go of a piece of clothing, boots, shoes or a purse that you have really loved. But, if the item is old, worn out, doesn’t fit, etc. maybe it has served its purpose….thank the item and let it go. Take a picture if you are worried you will forget about the item.
- Going through your clothing will help you to see what you have, what you might need and also will give you so many more options for getting dressed in the morning. It can really make getting dressed a breeze.
- Have an “exit strategy” A bag or a box ready for donations in your closet or near your doorway and get them out of your house asap.
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