1. Perform a ruthless evaluation of spring and summer clothing. What did you love wearing? What did you hate wearing? *What did you never ever wear? Neatly fold the items you loved wearing and place them in a plastic bin for winter storage, or move them to a back rack in your closet. Include winter/spring shoes and accessories. If you have more than one bin, label each one so that you can find your sandals and bathing suits for winter or spring vacations.
2. Appraise the less-loved or unworn spring and summer clothing. Choose what to donate and put it into bags. Put the items you just aren’t sure about, into a dedicated box or bin labeled “quarantine.” These items will be stored for a year giving you a chance to make up your mind, lose ten pounds, or start loving polyester.
3. You should now have free space in your closet, drawers, or shelves for winter clothes. Take this time to arrange winter clothes in a way that will work for you. As you go through them, notice which items you are happy to see, and which items look outdated or worn out. If you are ready to let go of any items now, **bag them immediately! Otherwise keep this information in mind come spring when it’s time to repeat the process.
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*Keep all your hangers pointing in the same direction. When you wear an item, hang it back up with the hanger facing the opposite direction. By the end of the season you will be able to see how much of your wardrobe you actually wore based on the direction of the hangers.
**Keep a shopping bag for donations in your closet. As you find a shirt here or a sweater there that you think may be more useful or flattering to someone else, put it in the bag right away. When the bag gets full, take it to your favorite charity and replace it with an empty bag.