i spent some time this holiday season cleaning out my closet… again. it’s good timing as my birthday and christmas both fall in december and i tend to receive several articles of clothing.
last spring, i borrowed an idea from oprah.com that included hanging my clothes with the hangers in reverse direction. as i wore a piece of clothing, it was returned to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. at the end of the season, i would take easy notice of the clothes i did not wear all season and promptly discard.
the experiment was beneficial in two ways:
- at the end of season, i quickly noticed the 7 shirts that were just taking up space in my closet. morning after morning, i chose not to put them on and chose a previously worn shirt instead. those 7 shirts have been removed from my closet and placed in the nearest “goodwill donations” box.
- during the season, the hanger experiment worked to keep my wardrobe fresh as i wore a few shirts that had been otherwise neglected. the backwards hangers did not catch my attention most mornings as i naturally went to the section of clothes that are routinely worn (it was far less distracting than i imagined). however, a few times i purposely took special notice of the backwards hangers and chose a shirt to wear that i wouldn’t normally have worn.
all in all, i was very pleased with the experiment. i have switched out my closet for winter clothes (good thing since we got 31 inches of snow over the weekend) and have begun the experiment anew. this time with my winter wardrobe.