Cleaning out your closet, and actually getting rid of things, can be seriously challenging for those of us with slight hoarding tendencies. When it comes to parting with an item, we might get all sentimental and remember that one time three years ago when we wore that shirt-and-skirt combo and decide to keep the skirt around even though we haven’t worn it since. We’re all guilty of it.
So, we’re here to help with a closet-cleaning hack that is lazy-girl approved: It won’t immediately stress you out or make you put things in “yes,” “no,” and “maybe,” piles. And yes, it will take you only 20 minutes—at first. You’ll see the results in a season or two, but it’s worth using this method for some serious accountability.
All you need to do is take every hanger in your closet and turn it around so that the open part of the hook is facing you instead of the back of your closet. Then, when you wear something, hang it back in your closet normally. This will help you honestly keep track of what you’ve worn and what you haven’t. Then, in six months, or a year (depending on whether you cycle out clothes seasonally), you should get rid of everything that is still hanging on a backward-facing hanger. If you’re really trying to purge your closet, don’t take a second look at what you’re getting rid of and just do it. Chances are you won’t miss those things.
Another tip? Sort through the things you’re getting rid of and if any of them are fairly new and in good condition, consider selling them on an online consignment store site or app. That way, you’ll have some extra cash to stock up on the new pieces you’ve been lusting after.