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The Hanger Method
A reader tipped me off to this one, but there are a couple of versions. Have two different colored hangers. (You can have more colors if you want to get complicated, but when do I want to do that?) Start all items on the same color, and as you wear and wash them, switch them to the alternate color. Whenever you want to purge your closet (every six to twelve months works best for this one, depending on your climate), find everything on the original colored hanger and get rid of it. If you haven’t worn it in six months to a year, when are you going to wear it?
Pros: There’s no emotion involved. It’s a set system that take minimal time.
Cons: It causes serious problems for closet organization, and it never ends.
The One-Year Test
This one’s easy. Toss out every item you haven’t worn in the last year.
Pros: Again, it’s black and white. There’s no emotion or guesswork.
Cons: Do you remember everything you wore in the last year? This also discounts special event wear that may not get worn often.
The “Do I Love It?” Litmus
By this method, you should eliminate everything you don’t absolutely love. The end result is a closet that should fill you with passion, creativity, and excitement.
Pros: Butterflies every time you open the closet door and a more interesting and creative wardrobe. You’re forced to wear your favorites instead of saving them for a special day that never really comes.
Cons: Nothing matches. No fall-back items. Questionable choices in pants.
The By-the-Numbers Guideline
This one is all about equations. You set a specific number for each type of item (tops, pants, skirts, blazers, etc.) and can’t go over that number.
Pros: Great for maintaining a wardrobe that’s already in good shape and eliminates the need for investment in expensive shelves, hangers, or other closet paraphernalia.
Cons: Causes some tough decisions; may force you to get rid of perfectly good clothing.
What do you do to keep your closet manageable?