While cleaning out any area you have to be realistic, facing the music and actually figuring out what you NEED to keep and what you WANT are two separate things is the most realistic you can ever get with yourself and your organization. There is nothing more black and white than a list that you must abide by in order to have certain items go into your need pile. Whatever the characteristics are, having set traits will allow the rules to not bend for anything and will keep your need pile down to a realistic level.
I have searched high and low, near and far for something besides a list to help me come in contact with reality on the clothing that I actually wear and get the most use out of and what clothing I keep but tends to never actually be worn. With the hunt for the perfect solution in progress, I came in contact with the term “Hanger Orientation” and have seemed to think this is the best idea since sliced bread. Hanger Orientation is when an individual arranges all their clothing a certain way with the combination of the clothing rod and hanger.
Hanger Orientation can be done in a number of different ways, for me the easiest thing was to get all matching hangers, I like pink so that is the type I got. You begin by hanging all your tops or dresses on the hangers just like you would normally do. The one thing that is different for this step is that you must place all the hangers facing the opposite way. Yes, I know that sounds silly, but in order to make hanger orientation work you must do this step. So now all of your hangers are backwards and it is probably and little annoying and difficult to try to get your clothing out that you want to wear, but fear not since this will help de-clutter your closet faster than you think.
As the activity time comes to an end, you will notice that you have some hangers facing backwards and some hangers facing the correct way. The hangers that should be facing the correct way are the tops that you actually wear and the hangers that should be facing backwards are the tops that you have not or do not wear regularly. Remember to take into account that seasons have a lot to do with this activity and sometimes results can be skewed depending on the season. By that I mean you are not going to be wearing a winter coat in August and therefore the hanger will be facing the opposite way during the entire time of the activity, but that does not mean you need to get rid of the coat. I suggest doing this activity every season in order to get the most out of it.