I am a hoarder of clothes. Almost everything I buy becomes special to me because I am sentimental at heart. And while this quality might sound endearing, it's a damn nightmare when it comes to culling my wardrobe — an exercise I attempt multiple times a year.
My 2018 spring clean session happened nearly two weeks ago — just before I started back at work. *Pats self on back for organisation*
I went in ready to be ruthless. That blazer I wore to my Year 7 disco? Burn it. The mullet hem dress I wore once in 2012? Time to die. Obviously I chickened out, put on all my old clothes and sat on my bed sweating but smiling.
As I sat hot and flustered I treated myself to an Instagram stories binge (which was a real delight, by the way) and I'm so glad I did, because I came across the all-time greatest thing.
Eleanor Pendleton happened to be culling her wardrobe the same day as me (thank God) and shared a little secret her fiancé gave her. This tip was too precious to simply disappear into the Instagram abyss, so I asked Eleanor to explain the hack in depth.
"First, hang up all your clothes on hangers and have the hangers facing backwards — with the hook facing towards you," explained Eleanor. "This will feel unnatural when you search for a piece, however, after you wear an item put it back onto the hanger facing the right way — away from you. After a few months, you'll be able to see exactly what pieces you really wear and what pieces you might be sentimentally attached to," says the entrepreneur. "This will make it easier for you to cull and edit your wardrobe so you have essentials only."
Immediately, I rehung everything in my wardrobe and even after this short time, I can see the pieces that need to go. And to be honest, I think I knew it all along.
Yes the concept is simple, but that's the beauty of it, and I would recommend it to anyone — whether you're a hoarder or not — when it comes time to clean out your clothes.