If you're tight on closet space and you're wondering if you really all the stuff you have crammed into your closets and drawers, you need to set up a simple tracking system to see what gets worn and what needs to go.
Photo by LizMarie.
It's easy to end up with a packed closet. You picked out the clothes because you liked them, you paid good money for them, so why would you just get rid of them? Most of us rarely wear the full spectrum of clothing in our wardrobes however, so we end up wasting space storing stuff we'll never use. At the financial blog Get Rich Slowly, they decided to perform a year-long experiment using their spare bedroom.
About a year ago, at the advice of GRS readers, I started an experiment. I took all of the shirts and sweaters from my clothes closet and moved them into our spare room. Whenever I needed something to wear, I checked the clothes closet first. If what I needed wasn't there (as was often the case at first), I went to the spare room to find it. After I'd worn a shirt or sweater once, it was allowed to return to its home in the main clothes closet.
As you can guess, the experiment ended with a significant amount of clothing still in the spare room. While you might not have a spare bedroom closet to dedicate to such a project you can do the same thing using a single closet using one of two techniques — although if you can spare the space or put a cheap clothing rack in an out of the way spot, you'll be less likely to "cheat" at your tracking. You can hang an empty garment bag on a hanger and use it as a divider, as you wear clothing it gets hung to the right. All unworn clothing stays on the left. Alternatively you could hang the hangers with the hook facing in or out to indicate if they have been worn. At the end of the observation period donate all the unused clothing.
Have a favourite trick for keeping your closet from bulging at the seams? Let's hear about it in the comments.
The One-Year Wardrobe Project [Get Rich Slowly]