Originally Posted by OliveGirl
drastically pare down our wardrobes. The latter is really going to be a struggle for DH.
i have a couple of ideas on how to do that pretty painlessly.
i did it a few years ago and it worked really well.
i simply reversed all the hangers int eh closet. so instead of them facing out, the hook part is facing out.
stay with me here.
now what happens is person selects item, removes it from closet and then when it's laundered, you put it back in closet the 'normal' way.
after one year (you'll hit all the seasons this way) you'll easily tell which clothes are never chosen and which are.
Then what you do is take ALL teh clothes facing the 'wrong' way and remove them to another room for a month or so. see if dh notices.
now if there's a special item - like my dh doesn't wear suits except for formal occasions (RARE!!) i kept ONE suit and all accoutrements and freecycled all the rest of the suits. I did make sure the suit I kept and shirt, tie, etc., all match and FIT dh well. If it didn't fit, it got tossed.
it was a painless method to discover what one REALLY wears in closet w/o standing over it and trying to decide at one moment.
now it's easier to weed out stuff - as I've gotten pretty ruthless but that was a hard step - the first time I cleared out stuff.
you'll be amazed at how LITTLE you ACTUALLY wear out of your closet. . ..