It’s been said that the average person wears 20% of their clothing 80% of the time.
I know that this is definitely true for me, what about you?
Richard and I decided to go through our clothing this week and get rid of the items that we no longer wore.
Here is what our closets looked like before we cleaned them out.
Clearly, my closet was in much better shape than Richard’s. Just sayin’.
We had very simple system that we used while we organized.
1) Keep, Trash, Give – We had 3 piles. One was for the clothing that we definitely wanted to keep, another was for clothing that we planned to donate and the third pile was for garbage. Having only 3 piles kept things much less chaotic than if we had a pile for “selling”, “maternity”, etc. as well.
2) 3 Second Rule – You could only hold an item for 3 seconds and then you had to make a “keep”, “trash”, or “give” decision. For me, this was fairly easy. I knew what I wanted and what I didn’t want. Richard struggled a bit more, but eventually realized that it’s not worth hanging on to something that you won’t ever use!
3) Hang or Fold? – Since we don’t have many wooden hangers and I hate the look of our plastic ones, I decided to fold all clothing possible. For me, this included jeans, t-shirts, sweaters and pyjamas. Richard didn’t hang much except for some t-shirts and jeans. All of our nicer clothing was hung in the closets and everything else went into the two dressers that we have in our bedroom.
4) Make It Pretty – Everything that was hung in our closets went on wooden hangers and it was all facing the same way. Another thing that we did (well, I did), was colour co-ordinate. I have my shirts separated into 3 categories: tank tops, short sleeved shirts, long sleeved shirts. Each category is then colour co-ordinated. This makes finding the shirt that I want SO MUCH EASIER. I know it sounds totally lame, but it’s helpful. I promise!
Once we had gone through all of our clothing, we packed up all of our donation items and got rid of all the trash.
This was our trash pile.
And this was our donation pile (we had over 65 items to donate!).
Here are the after shots of our closets.
Awww, my closet looks so naked! I promise I do wear more than just those shirts. Like I said, we keep t-shirts, pants, etc. in our dressers.
Not only did we go through our clothing, but we went through EVERYTHING that was in our closets. For me, this included my memory box, makeup, etc. and for Richard, this included some styling products and miscellaneous papers.
We were on such a roll, and so excited to see how well we did, that we decided to tackle Elliott’s clothing as well!
I forgot to take a before and after shot of his closet and dresser, but they honestly don’t look much different, because we removed too-small clothing and replaced it with just-right clothing that we’d been storing in the basement.
These are the items that we removed from his room. Everything on the left is too small and will be packed away for baby #2, and everything on the right is stuff that I plan on selling).
I’m so glad that we did this together. It was actually alot of fun to clear out crap that was just taking up space in our home!
What have you organized lately?