About a month ago, I wrote about practicing what I preach by giving my closet the old backwards hanger test. One month later, it's time to do the initial review to see which clothes I actually wore in the last month.
So here are
the results. Out of 78 total hanging items, I wore 25 of them, which leaves 53
backwards hangers remaining. Not too surprising. We all have our favorites and
tend to wear the same things over and over.
I said I would do an initial
review and weed out what really needed to go, still leaving a "maybe" group on
backwards hangers until the end of the year for a final judgment. I took out 6
items for donation and 2 that should have been put away with the summer clothes.
I was proud of myself - a few of those 6 items were things that I'd let hang
around for waaaay too long because they were good quality or a seemingly
classic/useful item, but the reality was, I was not wearing them, and I knew it.
So I took the plunge and evicted them from my closet. Even better, I took them
to a donation place immediately, along with a few other items I'd already
accumulated. It felt great to create some space and finally say good-bye to
items I knew I shouldn't be keeping. So instead of a bag of clothing I don't
wear, I now have a donation receipt for tax time.
If you're keeping up with the
math, that leaves 45 backwards hangers or clothing items on probation to either
wear or evict at the end of the month. To be fair, that number includes the
majority of my sweaters, even favorite ones, because the weather has been so
unseasonably warm around here. So I will definitely give them a chance.
of this process is that it tends to open your eyes to what you own and make you
work a little harder to expand beyond your favorites by making an effort to wear
things you like but don't tend to reach for. That will be part of my challenge
this month. But at the end of the month, the hangers won't lie. Of course I'll
be sure to stay accountable and report back on my progress.
While I'm confessing, I also
have 3 bags of better quality clothes I'd like to consign that are currently
cluttering my car. The consignment place I've used before closed, so I'm giving
myself one week to make some calls and set up an appointment. If I can't get my
act together or find a taker, I will go ahead and donate them too. They've
already been out of my closet for at least a month and I'm not missing them, so
it would be silly to move them back in.
Setting deadlines and holding yourself accountable to someone (even yourself) is
a great way to actually make progress when it comes to clearing clutter and
finishing unfinished projects. Stay tuned for more updates!