As you may (or may not) remember, I turned all my hangers around at the beginning of the year. The idea was that I'd have an easy way to mark which clothes were being used and which ones weren't. This has turned out to be very satisfying project. Even though I purge things regularly and had really assumed that I used almost everything in my closet within a reasonable length of time, it turned out that I didn't.
The beginning of this month marked the half-way point of my little project. I've gradually started to address the clothes that had not yet been worn. One by one, I tried them on. Turns out, a lot of the clothes that had not yet gotten picked simply didn't fit--sometimes not at all, and sometimes just not very well. I've gained a lot of weight since having kids, and while I'm working on toning up some things, I really have no aspiration of losing all of that weight again (I was underweight before). So it was time to let go of all those clothes. I also gave away a few things that I just don't like anymore, but the main issue was fit.
In case you're curious, my single largest category of clothes is tops (and I only counted the ones that live on hangers, not the ones that get folded). I eliminated 20% of my tops. Most were given away, but a few of the T-shirts were "demoted" to casual use (what I wear to do yardwork or sleep). The next largest category is the skirts. I gave away 20 of the original 61. That's 33%! I also gave away almost 25% of my dresses.
Through this process, I learned that even though I have a lot of jackets/blazers (we're talking work clothes, not outerwear), I hardly wear any. I've given away 1/6 of them, but I should probably do more. I'm going to wait till we get some cooler weather in the fall and winter before making a final decision. I also realized that I hardly ever wear pants, except for a couple pairs of jeans, so by the end of the year, I'll probably get rid of a lot of those, too.
At this point, I've worn most of the things that are still left in my closet. The only things that remain unworn are special-occasional items and cool-weather clothes. I plan to do another purge at the end of the year.
Besides creating more space in my closet, doing this project has helped me make broader use of my wardrobe. Especially at the beginning, I found myself purposefully reaching only for clothes with backwards hangers because I wanted to "save" them by putting them into rotation. I ended up with some new outfit combinations I probably would not have tried otherwise, and it was really fun!
I've also become more selective about my new purchases (yes, I'm gotten a lot of new things, but only a fraction of what I eliminated), going after things that I really *love*. Is anyone else trying this?