There is one thing in our bedroom that frustrates me to no end, and that is my husband’s side of the closet. He has a ridiculous number of shirts. Actually, in addition to his ridiculous number of shirts in the closet, he also has a ridiculous number of t-shirts in drawers.
Now, if he actually wore all of these shirts, this wouldn’t bother me so much (although there are some ugly shirts that I’d still want to ditch); however, he has so many shirts in his closet that one cannot find ANYTHING, so he wears the same 10-15 shirts that cycle through the front of his closet as they get washed. Of course, this means that he often NEVER wears nice, new shirts that I buy him, because they aren’t in his mental rotation and it is impossible to see anything else.
See? You can’t MOVE anything in there!
Gail had a rule about throwing things out, namely that you don’t throw out things that belong to other people. This is a good rule in general, but I got special permission in this instance to throw out some of his clothes, as long as I am responsible for adding more wherever necessary.
At this point, I’m really only focusing on his clothes, because I’m pretty good at periodically purging my own clothes and other things in the bedroom.
I started by taking everything out and organizing it on the bed: short v. long sleeves, polo vs. button up vs. casual, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc.
I then went through each and every pile and threw out what deserved to be thrown out (yes, most of it is being donated). I ended up taking 28 shirts/sweaters/sweatshirts out of the closet and another 25 t-shirts out of his drawers.
Two kitchen garbage bags full to the brim of clothes that need to be donated. There was also a mostly full bag of clothes that are actually trash (like yellowed, falling apart white t-shirts).
- T-shirts that nobody would want to buy, not even for $0.50.
- 6 short-sleeved polos
- 2 long-sleeved polos
- 4 long-sleeved casual shirts
- 5 long-sleeved button-up shirts
- 2 sweatshirts/fleeces
- 5 short-sleeved casual shirts
- 1 short-sleeved button-up shirt
- 3 sweaters
- About 15 t-shirts
Nearly 50 items of his clothing – JUST ONE THING! This is the point where I wish that I could count multiples as more than one. No, I don’t think I should be done just because I went through my husband’s closet, but I wish I could at least count this as one thing for every 10 items of clothing or so that I’m dumping.
With the living room, this now comes to 14 things. I think in our small place and being so newly married, we might be lucky to get to 40 things, let alone 50, but I’ll keep trying.
- Let’s be honest, I kept the vast majority of his clothes, just got rid of the really bad ones.
Need to Buy:
- A couple nice, new short-sleeved polos
- Some nice long-sleeved polos
- Possibly some white undershirts
The Result: MUCH better!
Look! There is room for the clothes to MOVE! And to hang nicely, not all shoved in! I’ve even got them organized for now with short-sleeved shirts on the top and long-sleeved on the bottom, with similar kinds of shirts (polos, button-up, casual, etc.) together.
As an added bonus, I had thought we needed some more hangers, but now I’ve got lots of extras.