The Closet Diet

Everyone talks about losing weight when the new year starts. But what about losing weight in your wardrobe! At Closets by Design, we call it The Closet Diet!

If you can’t possibly part with carbs, try tossing a cardigan! And why not? We only wear about 25 percent of the clothes in our closet so why not shed a few pounds – of clothes! 

January is also Get Organized Month – which gives us another good reason to slim down all the stuff in our closets.  

We invite you to interview our local closet organization experts about The Closet Diet. It’s a reduction resolution anyone can stick to with the added benefit of staying organized for the rest of 2023. 

The Closet Diet

Closets by Design suggests these organizational ideas to slim down your bloat of blouses and piles of pullovers hidden behind the closet doors.  

  • Start from Scratch – take everything out of your closet and sort it. Throw out old and damaged clothing. Donate what you do not need or don’t wear. 
  • Use the 80/20 Rule – The average American only wears 10 to 20 percent of their clothes. Remove items you have not worn in a year. Donate the excess. 
  • Donation Direction – To help figure out what you aren’t wearing, face hangers in one direction and turn them around when you wear what’s on it. After six months, clothes on hangers facing the original direction can be put in the donation pile. For someone who has trouble letting go, you can move the items to a box in your garage or attic and write the date on it. After six months, if you have not gone into the box to get something, you won’t miss it when it’s gone. 
  • One in, one out – For every new article of clothing you bring into your closet, get rid of a similar item. If you are feeling energized or are really strapped for space; up the ratio to one in, two out.  
  • Out with the Odd – Only keep clothes, shoes, and accessories in your closet. Tax records, old gift bags, and the like don’t belong next to your stack of sweaters.

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