If you are like me, the years seem to be rolling by at an ever dizzying pace. Didn’t it *just* turn to 2008? Heck even 2000 seems like it was just a few short years ago! And if you’re even more like me, you have items in your closet that have seen more than one decade.
Most of the items from high school are long gone. I will admit to having and occasionally wearing (with slimming undergarments) the knit dress I wore for confirmation in 8th grade, which used to blouse and tie at the waist back then but is a nice slim, straight dress with no tie now! And I probably look better now then I did then in the strapless dress I wore under my gown for college graduation. Though the plastic stays leave marks around my middle now and the elastic back is certainly stretched more than it was, my cleavage has greatly improved!
But the point is, I keep clothes for a l-o-n-g t-i-m-e. I don’t consider this a bad thing. I’m not a clothes horse or fashionista, so I buy for durability and versatility, not current fashion. Actually, my definition of current fashion is “what I feel like wearing today.” I *like* most of my clothes and I do prune out what no longer flatters my figure. But it started to annoy me to have to push aside items I never wear to get to the items I like.
So in December of 2007, when I read a blog post suggesting an easy way to keep track of what in your closet does – or does not – get worn over the course of a year, I thought, “I can do that – and it will be fun!” So I did, and you can, too. Here’s how:
1. Turn every one of your closet hangers backward.
2. Wear what you want, when you want, for the next year, but when you hang something back up, hang the hanger the right way – forward.
3. In one year, you will know which clothes you HAVEN’T worn because the hangers will still be backward in your closet!
Isn’t that easy? Hardly any work at all, really. Just the kind of organizational system I like.
So today was closet clean-out day 2009. Some of the items surprised me. (What do you MEAN I haven’t worn my favorite suit in a year? There’s no way I’m getting rid of it! It fits well and looks good!) In that case, I wrapped a white twist-tie around the top of the hanger and put it back in the closet. Same with a few skirts and one blouse. I’ll have to think hard about keeping them next year if they’ve gone a second year without wear.
But most of the items I hadn’t worn in a year got folded up for donation to charity: hand-me-downs from my sister-in-law that didn’t match anything else I had, shirts I’d had since college, and dresses from my mom’s storage unit that made me look 60 years old. It felt great to get them OUT of my closet. I have more hangers, more room, and things in my closet that I love!
And when I’m out shopping for new ski pants this week to replace the ones I’ve had since high school that no longer stay snapped when I breathe (I’m sure it’s bad hardware causing that problem and not my leftover baby belly!), I might even be tempted to take a glance in the women’s section for some bargain clearance items.
Now I’m off to tackle my pants drawer. I think there are 5 or 6 pairs of old stirrup pants that need to join the items from the closet…