In addition to having a teeny-tiny house (just 1,100 square feet for four of us!) for the longest time, I had a teeny closet that had gotten so full, it was tough move the clothes or see what I had in there. Everything was all squishy and got wrinkled, even hanging in the closet. What self-respecting Penelope would live like this? The situation needed a remedy.
So, lately I tried a new system. By way of background, let me explain that I usually do my own laundry separate from my family’s. (Most of my clothes need a little extra care.)
In order to start to thin out my closet, I decided to take a hiatus from doing my laundry (this is sweaters, shirts, skirts, etc, not unmentionables, those I do with my family’s laundry, so they were getting done!) so that I’d be forced to wear the things in my closet that weren’t making it into my regular rotation.
You see, after a month of study, I’d found that I tended to wear only about 25% of the clothes I owned. By taking those go-to items away from myself (by leaving them in the laundry basket), I was forced to actually wear the other stuff.
If I looked at an item in my closet and just didn’t want to wear it, for any reason, I decided to toss it. This was a revelation! I had a lot of stuff in my closet that I just plain disliked.
This process has been supremely helpful. So far, I’ve tossed 15+ items that had been taking up space in my closet and there’s more to come! I’m already loving the extra room and the feeling of less clutter.
‘Course, the new J. Crew spring catalog just arrived and I’m now I’m thinking: “maybe just a cardi or two, I do have all that extra room in my closet…” Let the backslide begin.