Want to know what one of our biggest clutter problems in our house is? Too many clothes.
With too many clothes, there is always too much laundry to do.
With too many clothes, my children are faced with too many getting-dressed decisions, and they are often so overwhelmed that they try on and then toss aside articles of clothing that we should have donated long ago.
That’s why today’s daily decluttering tip, from Toss, Keep, Sell!: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In, focuses on your clothing, and how you can use the hangers in your closet to help you with this task.
- Start by hanging all of your clothes on hangers facing one way in your closet.
- Every time you wear a garment, launder it and get ready to put it away, hang it up with the hanger facing the other way.
- At the end of six months, do a walk through of your closet and see how many articles of clothing you never touched—meaning the hangers never changed direction.
- Have everyone in your family try this approach in their closet.
This technique is a surefire way to identify clothes that has fallen out of fashion in your mind, and it should make your decision to donate or consign clothes easier at the end of six months. This will leave you with fewer clothes in your closet, less laundry to do and, if you consign, more money in your pocket.
My new book Toss, Keep, Sell!: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In devotes an entire chapter to how you can make money from your cast-off clothing. (I’ve made more than $100 in past year alone!)
Also, if you happen to live in northern California, you may be interested to know that there’s a Bay Area contest from the local chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers where someone can win a closet reorganization and $500 in supplies from the Closet Factory. (Thanks, Frisco Kids, for a heads up on this opportunity.)