New Year Tip: Streamlining Your Wardrobe
All of us at some point realize that we have more clothes than we actually wear. The obvious way to combat this is to get rid of the unused items, but sometimes it’s hard to determine what to keep because of usefulness and what we’re simply holding on to out of a hope that we might some day use it, or because it has some sentimental attachment.
Here’s a tip to help combat that struggle: at the beginning of the year, turn all of the garments on hangers in your closet backward. As you wear an item, when you hang it back up, put the hanger in the closet the right way. At the end of the year, whatever items you haven’t worn will still be backward in your closet. Allow yourself to keep a total of one box in your closet of garments that you don’t wear but can’t part with, such as a shirt from a special event you attended, the dress you wore for a friend’s wedding, or that sweater that your grandmother knitted for you, and everything else should be removed from your closet and either sold or donated.
Not only will this free up room in your own closet, allowing you to more easily see and access those items that you wear regularly, paring down until you have ultimately reached a point where everything in your closet is something you really love to wear, but it also allows those gently used clothes to continue on in the world, being loved by someone else, and enjoying a whole new life.