Weed Out Your Wardrobe!

closet organizing tips
Need a “no-brainer” way to weed out your wardrobe at the end of each season? It's closet cleaning made simple…

In your closet, hang all your clothes the “wrong” way on the rod (i.e., the question-mark part of the hanger should be placed on the closet rod in the opposite direction from the way you usually hang it).

Each time you do laundry, return your clothes to the closet with the hangers on the rod facing the “correct way.”

At the change of the seasons, you can safely get rid of any items that are still hanging “backwards” on the closet rod… (i.e., you haven’t worn these items all season).

Considering that Americans wear only 20% of their clothing 80% of the time, you could easily get rid of any day-to-day clothing that is still hanging in your closet on laundry day… and you’ll likely never miss it!

If you live in a locale that does not actually undergo significant weather changes as one season transitions into the next, plan to do a full-fledged “clothing purge” at least once a year (i.e., on your birthday, after Christmas, or before the new school year).


written by: Michelle Deo

Michelle Deo, “perfectly imperfect” mom, organizing expert, and speaker, helps overwhelmed moms, busy homeowners, and ambitious professionals learn practical time- and space-saving ORGANIZING SOLUTIONS. Her goal is to help women efficiently regain control of their environments and intentionally restore focus on their priorities… making space for the big (and little) things in life!
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Sally Nihill
10 years ago

I always have a donate bag going and I just “toss” clothes in that I haven’t worn in a while, don’t fit, got a stain I can’t get out, etc. I keep it in the corner of the room or in the back of the closet. It helps because of the theory of “out of sight, out of mind”. If I don’t see it, I’m less likely to go through the bag to look for it.
Then periodically, usually every 3 months/seasonally, take the bag(s) to a Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Big Sisters, etc. Just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean someone else won’t LOVE it.

13 years ago

This is another great idea! I am definately turning my hangers around tomorrow on my dreaded Monday laundrey day. Any tips for making laundry fun and fast? I rather clean 10 bathrooms…no I hate that too (uugg!)

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