As described in an earlier post, Cleaning out the closet, I pared down my wardrobe to 50-ish items before moving from my mother’s house to my own flat. I am slightly ashamed to say that I did rescue one sweater from the purge pile, but I did add another shirt to the purge pile in its place. I also have a plan to make sure I only possess the articles of clothing I actually wear. I am going to share that strategy with you now!
I put my hangers in backwards. Every article of clothing in my closet went in on a backwards hanger. As I take out items to wear them, and they go back into the closet, the hanger gets reversed to the “normal” position. At the end of a certain period of time, whatever is still on a backwards hanger gets donated or sold, because I’m clearly not wearing it, so someone else should get the chance. Some of the things in this closet have the tags on, and they were purchased months ago. Yikes.
Tee shirts are in an under-bed storage bin, all facing down. As I wear them, they can get put away facing up. I rarely wear tee shirts so that should be an easy purge in a few months.
Typically, I sort by color, but I sorted my clothes by type this time. Tank tops, short-sleeve blouses, pants/shorts, dresses, sweaters, dress clothes. I think, for dresses, pants, shorts, tanks, and short-sleeves, I will re-evaluate in six months and take a look at what I wore and what I didn’t. For sweaters, obviously I’ll need some colder weather before I evaluate that. Ideally I would like to own only one suit, but my mother (she should get her own tag) assures me that, in case one pair of dress pants rips, I should have a backup. And a backup for my backup.
I’ll wait a few months and probably pare down the dress clothes too.
I would like to — ideally — end up with a color palette of “stuff that goes with black” or “stuff that goes with brown” and not have to deal with both… for now, I have blacks and browns and I love them both. Baby steps.