|Hangers Turned the Other Way Around|
One of the things I did over the weekend was turn all the clothes hangers in my closet the other way around! Not the two winter coats or my saris, because they are items I will continue to keep and wear even if not all that often, but everything else on hangers got turned around.
I had read about this method of wardrobe organizing some time ago, along with all the other helpful closet organizing tips which I am sure we have all read, such as how we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time, that we should have 10-12 hangers per linear foot of closet pole (definitely not there yet with my closet!), and that we are to pull everything out from the closet, make one big pile of our clothes and go through them to decide what stays and what goes (too overwhelming and tiring a task for me!).
The turning the clothes hangers the other way tip is meant to show which items one actually wears and which items tend to hang in the closet, unworn, season after season.
Every time you wear an outfit and return it to the closet after washing it, etc., you put the hanger back the normal way. Then, at the end of a period of time - 3 months, perhaps, or 6 months - you take a look to see if there are any hangers that are still turned the other way round. These are the garments you haven't worn in that time period, for what ever reason.
Then you are supposed to ask yourself why you haven't worn them. Perhaps they are formal wear and the opportunity to wear them hasn't come up, yet? Or perhaps they don't fit quite right, or don't go with anything you have in the closet. Then, you ask yourself what you want to do with them. Do you want to continue to keep them for another 3 months to see if you might wear them? Or, do you want to give them away?
Although I've read about this tip before, this is, in fact, the first time I have actually done this. I have decided that I will give myself 6 months, as some of the items in my closet are winter wear (wool skirts and jackets, etc.) that I won't be wearing again until October or November. Some people switch out wardrobes when the seasons change, but I don't, as I can wear most of my summer outfits with a sweater or a jacket in the winter, as well, since our winters are relatively mild (in any case, my office tends to be as cold in the summer as it is in the winter!).
I am hoping that this will enable me to see which garments I tend to wear all the time and which ones are just hanging in the closet, unworn or rarely worn (some people also have a system to show how often they wear a particular garment, but I haven't got to that point, yet). I am hoping that this exercise will help me decide what I can give away and what I should keep.
I am still grappling with the clothes that are now too big for me and the question of what to do with them. Do I keep them in case I gain the weight back? (Daughter thinks I should.) Do I alter them? Can I alter them? Are my sewing skills good enough? Do I have the time? Do I even want to bother with altering them? Do I just donate them and build my wardrobe around what I have that can be worn now and buy new clothes as needed? Just how many outfits to work, etc., do I really need? I seem to have a lot of clothes, even after giving away a bunch, last year, because I received several bags of clothes from an aunt (whose daughters, my cousins, are trying to clean out her closets!).
One of the first items I pulled out to wear after I turned the hangers the other way is this:
Yes, that's Dancer in the background, on the bed. He heard me in the bedroom and came to see what I was doing. "Whatcha doing, Mummy? I will keep you company." In fact, he's sitting right here, on the little table in front of me, as I type this:
"Are you writing about me, Mummy?" "Yes, Dancer, I'm telling my friends how you always keep me company".
Have you tried this turning the hangers closet organizing tip? If so, did you find it useful? Are there some garments you'll keep even if you don't wear them all that often?