Move most of your clothes (try it first with tops) to a closet in another room. When you need something to wear, grab it from the other closet. Once it has been worn, it can be washed and put back in your original closet. Anything left in the spare closet after 3 months, donate!
You can do this a few times a year with the different seasons. You can do it with pants too though I know most of us have more of a surplus in the tops department. If you haven't worn a certain tank top all summer long, are you really going to miss it when it's finally gone?
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Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between the clothes you wear and the clothes you like but never wear. Use this method and be on your way to a decluttered closet in 30 days.
When my closet becomes too cluttered, I go in and turn all the hangers (with the clothes on them) backwards. Any item that I wear gets washed and hung back up with a forward facing hanger. At the end of 30 days, any garments that are still on backwards hangers gets donated to good will.
Added bonus, most goodwills or similar organizations give you receipts for tax writeoff purposes, which when I get a few of, i can use to convince the hubby that I have "saved" us enough to buy a great new outfit 30
A good way to tell is once you take your clothes off, hang them up (to retain their wear) as well as track your clothes to determine what you wear and don't wear! Get rid of those that you pass up and never wear! Make room in your closet for those clothes that you can wear now!
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