Jan 302012

As I stated in an early post I recently went through and purged my closet…again. I try to purge it at least once a year just to make sure it is cleaned up.

Several ways to go through your closet:

  1. Turn your hanger around method
    • The basic idea here is turn all of your hangers around so they hook onto the bar a physically different way. As time goes along you will naturally wear some of the clothes When you hang them up you put them on the hanger bar the same way that you usually do. Wait 3,6,9,12 months. After the time is up go through and get rid of all of the clothes that are still turned around. Obviously if you did the 3 month time period and it is the middle of winter you may not be wearing your summer clothes. What I recommend doing is turning all of the hangers around and then as each season gets done get rid the clothes that you would normally wear during that season. This allows you to feel like you are doing something all year.
  2. Drawer/Pile method
    • This idea was brought up by one of my friends who pointed out. I don’t really use hangers but I have a ton of clothes.
    • In this idea you clear a part of a drawer or a space on the floor. To make this example easier I am going to assume you are cleaning out the top drawer in the dresser. As you wear clothes you put them in the top drawer instead of one of the other drawers. Over time you will need more drawers for the clothes you have been wearing. The good part is you have been taking them out of the other drawers so clean out the second drawer from the top and use that as a second “keep” drawer.
    • At the end of 3,6… months you follow the same idea that you did in the turn your hanger around method.
  3. Remembering method
    • Simply try to remember how often you wear something.
    • Honestly I think this is probably the worst method of the 3 but it is the one that I did this time so I thought I should mention it.

What I purged this time:

  • 4 Shorts (3 regular shorts, 1 basket ball shorts)
  • 3 Pants (khakis, dress pants, pajama pants)
  • 9 Shirts (6 t-shirts, 3 long sleeve dress shirts)
  • 1 Jersey
  • 2 Jackets (winter coat, fleece)

Why I purged what I purged:

  • Shorts – In the last year I had only worn shorts once. As I have gotten older I seem to find myself wearing pants most of the time. So I got rid of all of the shorts except for the pair that I wore last year.
  • Pants – I actually don’t like wearing khakis that much and never wear them, so out they go. Dress pants I have 2 other pairs that I wear 95% of the time so I thought it would be a good idea to get rid of the 3rd pair since I wasn’t using them. The pajama pants I got rid of because I got a new pair for christmas so I got rid of one of the older ones.
    • Side Note: One thing that makes it easier to get rid of clothes is to remember a one in one out method. Or if you have a lot of things a one in two out method might be better. If you do things gradually it can make it easier.
  • Shirts – I don’t really like wearing long sleeve shirts. I didn’t have very many when I started this purge but I got rid of about half of what I had left. Short sleeves, I picked ones that I don’t wear very often or had logos/sayings on them that didn’t look professional.
  • Jersey – This one was actually kind of hard for me but I had only worn it once over the last 2 years. The part that made it hard is that my wife actually designed the logo that the hockey team uses. I felt bad getting rid of it. The funny thing was that when I actually asked her if she was ok with me getting rid of it she was completely ok with it. I had held more sentimental value on it than she had.
  • Jackets – The winter coat was one of those huge poofy coats that you can wear when taking trips to the south pole. I had not worn it in over a year so that is why it left. The fleece had been given to me by someone else when they thought I looked cold at a bon fire at their house. They wouldn’t let me give it back. I am assuming they were trying to get rid of it themselves. I am actually surprised it was not gone before now.

What did I do with the stuff I purged:

  • Normally if it is still in good condition I donate it. There are many places that would love to have your clothes. To name a few there is Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Love INC I am also sure you can find some local charities that would love to have your old gently used clothes.
  • The Jersey actually got given to a friend of mine that is a much bigger fan of the team than I am and I am happy that I was able to give it to someone that likes it.

Originally posted on my old blog SimpleLike.me (Note:old domain may now be offline)

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