Does it take you longer than a few minutes to decide what to wear each morning?
Do your clothes overflow the space you have for them making it difficult to put laundry away?
If this sounds like you, it is probably time to re-evaluate your wardrobe.
The ideal wardrobe size may be different for everyone, depending on work attire and hobbies that might require specific clothing; however, most people have items in their closet that they never wear. In fact, most tend to reach for a handful of their favorite items over and over again, leaving the majority of their clothes unworn.
Some easy targets for decluttering include:
- Anything stained or with excessive wear (you can keep one outfit for yard work or painting clothes)
- Anything you don't like or that doesn't fit well - if you don't feel good in it, you won't wear it
- If you haven't worn something in the last 12 months, it probably isn't worth keeping
If you're not sure, here is an easy experiment to see what clothing you don't wear: Turn all of your hangers around backwards. Then as you wear and return items to your closet, hang them up with the hangers the normal way. At the end of a period of time (6 months or a year) you will know that any items still hanging on backwards hangers are items you don't wear.
For anyone reading this who is looking for more of a challenge, I participate in and highly recommend Project333 (http://theproject333.com/). Participants choose 33 clothing items to wear for 3 months (undergarments, exercise clothes, and sleepwear don't count against your total). You do not have to get rid of anything that doesn't make the cut, but it is recommended to pack it away so that it isn't in your closet or dresser. Every three months, which roughly corresponds with the change in seasons, you get to choose your 33 items from scratch. The rest of the rules, as well as a great community of people experimenting with simplifying their wardrobes, can be found at the link above or on twitter at #project333.