Your alarm goes off at 5:25am. Crap, time to get up and go to work. You stumble into your closet, glance side to side and think, “What the heck am I going to wear today?” You reach for a cobalt blue blouse and think, “This will do.” You start to leave your closet but you stop short and think, “Wait, when did I wear this last? Was it last week? Was it three days ago?” You rush back into your closet because we CAN’T re-wear the same blouse so soon. Crap, now what do you wear??!!
I know y’all know what I’m talking about. It’s not like were worried about wearing the same outfit twice in a month, but twice in a week??? Sorry, but that just can’t happen. So, what are we to do? How do we fix this crisis?
Here’s what my sister, Windy, started doing and it’s brilliant!
When she gets home from work and changes into her “comfy clothes”, she hangs the blouse she wore that day in the very front of her closet. She does this every single day so that newly worn tops are added to the front while older worn tops are pushed further back. By doing this she has created a natural rotation of her tops.
She walks into her closet and instantly knows what she has worn recently because they are in order that way. If she doesn’t want to waste time planning an outfit, she just picks the blouse that’s hanging in last position.
Told you – BRILLIANT!
Three weeks ago, I decided to give her system a try and I’ve learned two important lessons. The first is that the blouses I wear the most are all blue, green, tan, or white. (Guess I found my color palette.) Secondly, the blouses that are now in this rotation only make up 25% of my closet.
That means there’s 75% of my closet that I’m wearing very rarely or not at all. To see it lined up that way was an eye opener.
I’m almost nine months into this one year challenge and I thought I had a clear idea of what I was going to keep and what I was going to purge when this is over. After rotating my clothes with this system for only three weeks, I know see I have a lot more I could get rid of.
So, here’s your challenge. Start rotating your clothes like my sister has been. You’ll find two positive benefits from it – you’ll easily know what you wore recently and you’ll also see what you’re NOT wearing at all.
Post a comment and let me know how you did!
My name is Misty Day (yeah, that really is my name) and I'm a normal every day person. I'm a twin, I work as an analyst, I take my daughter to Girl Scouts and swim team, I play bass guitar in a band, I love food and wine, I like new clothes, and I'm trying to be a better person.