Welcome to the Great Closet Clean-out of 2011!
One of my annual New Year tasks is to CLEAN OUT THE CLOSET. I've seen some scary closets in blogland lately and I'm very thankful that we're fairly tidy closet people. No, we don't have some fancy closet system, but in the spirit of full disclosure, we're fortunate to have a spacious walk-in closet.
Sometimes, I'll do a quick cleanout in the summer too. My usual cue that it's time to cull the old clothes is when I run out of hangers before the laundry is finished. But in January, I'm ruthless.
I usually head straight to my neighborhood thrift store to donate, but this year I had a few nice sweaters in there and a practically new pair of boots that I had bought on clearance then decided they were too uncomfortable. So I hauled them to one of those used clothing stores that will buy the good stuff on the spot. So my closet clean-out made me $20. Not too shabby.
Next step: Everything left hanging in the closet, I hang BACKWARDS.
Then as I wear each item throughout the year, it is returned to the closet hanging FORWARD.
This makes the decision to toss a lot easier next January when I can see that a full year has gone by and I HAVEN'T WORN IT. I'll make exceptions for some items, like special occasion dresses or suits. For those rarely used items, I just judge how much dust is on the shoulders. :)
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