Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hang It Backwards

Here's a tip I learned from the Flylady. Have you heard of the Flylady? If you are living in 'chaos', need help getting organized, need help figuring out how to get your house cleaned up and keeping it that way, then you should get to know her. 

The Flylady suggest that you put all your clothing hangers backwards in your closet once a year, then after you wear them hang them back the right way. After a year throwing out all the clothing items that are still backwards because you haven't worn them.



(I intended to have a pretty photo of my grand kids closet to illustrate this with but things didn't work out that way so here's a pic of hubby's closet. I'll replace it when I do have a pretty picture)

I can think of at least one other way to use this 'hanger backwards in the closet' trick. How about helping your kids know what to wear for school in the mornings? In our family, the dad's are often the ones who are getting little ones ready and out the door to school; and occasionally grandma. With a weeks worth of clothing hanging in the closet with the hangers backwards (prepared by mom ahead of time), it's a snap for dad, the child, or grandma to pick out an outfit for the day. 

Here's Flylady's site if you are interested in having some organizing help.

Linking at these parties.

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34 comments:

  1. What a great idea and very much in keeping with my own philosophy. I have a rule when cleaning out drawers and closets that if I haven't worn it in a year -- off to Goodwill, with the exception of a couple of fancy dresses that I keep in case I ever need them. Now I am off to visit Flylady's site. The rest of me and my house could use some organization! Thanks!

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  2. Good tip! I wish I could follow this, but I know how my brain works. I'll keep everything with a backwards hanger because I'll hope that it will fit one day soon!

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  3. this is such a good idea-i know i have clothes i love but dont actually wear. I am going to take this challenge!

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  4. This is a really great idea, and simple to work with the coathangers--thank you for sharing it!

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  5. Great idea!
    I have used this trick from time to time over the years....
    Sounds like you are a very organized Grandma!

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  6. This is brilliant!! I really need to put this into practice. Thanks for the tip.
    Would love for you to share this at my very first linky party. My sister and I are working together over at “Think Tank Thursday”…hope to see you there!
    http://www.saving4six.com/2012/10/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-1.html

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  7. Wow! That’s a good idea. I think I should try this one. Thanks for this tips. This is very useful.

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  8. Brilliant! Every December we go through and clear out our closets, and this would make it a lot easier! Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

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  9. I love this idea and appreciate you sharing this at the Open House party. Have a great weekend.

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  10. Great idea. I am moving this week and will hang everything backwards at the new place!! Now off to explore the rest of your blog - newbie here.

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  11. This is a great idea that I actually try to practice.

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  12. That's a really great tip. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Flylady is my hero, I am slowing getting rid of my excess junk because of her. I hung my clothes like this this past year and was surprised how well it worked. In fact after about two months I saw some items of clothing I hadn't been wearing and found new ways to wear them. At least I knew what I wore all the time and what I rarely wear. I plan on doing it again on Jan. 1.

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  14. Such a great tip! Thanks for sharing at Pin It Thursday-- I featured you here http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2012/10/21/pin-worthy-featured-links/

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  15. What a clever idea! I need to do this, as opposed to dusting the tops of stuff I haven't worn in forever!

    Found you on the Something I Just Whipped Up Monday Link Party!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations
    http://shonaskye.blogspot.com

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  16. I love it! But for me, it would have to be two years. I have been known to let an item sit for two years then start wearing it all the time. Especially this past winter, some things never got used because it was just to darned warm.

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  17. great idea! thanks for the tip!

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  18. What a handy tip. I did just go through my closet and really down sized. We have lived in our home 3 years. I figured if it hadn't been worn it probably wouldn't. Gave a few skirts to my 13 year old grand daughter. She came yesterday and had one of them pulled up like a sleeveless dress, belted up high and a mini jacket. It looked darling on her. Who would have ever guessed. It was a long skirt on me. I thought that she was so clever at making it look young.
    Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  19. Sweet! That really is a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I'd like to invite you over to share this at my weekly linky party, Tiny Tip Tuesday, which just went live tonight! Here's the link to this week's party: http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/10/22/tinytiptues-27-how-to-properly-slice-cherrygrape-tomatoes/

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  20. i make the boyfriend do this with his dress shirts for work. i swear, he can wear the same ones over and over, and even after rehanging them from being washed, he somehow picks the same one again. this way he knows he already chose that one, yeesh!

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  21. This is a great idea especially for my daughter who claims that she cannot get rid of any of her clothes while her closet is overflowing.

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  22. Hi Connie, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from Wicked Good Weds.

    I think I might have seen this on Pinterest, and I think it's a fantastic idea. So simple! I'm going to have to give it a try. Thanks!

    Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you! Hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

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  23. What a great idea! I love finding out new ideas!

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  24. Great tip! I bet if I did that, at the end of the year I would have to throw out 90% of my clothes. But that's probably not a bad thing.

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  25. Thanks for linking this great tip up last week! We'd love to have you back today:
    http://www.joyfulhomemaking.com/2012/10/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-2.html

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  26. What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  27. Such a great idea. I will definitely try it. Thanks so much for sharing it on "I Gotta Try That Monday" linky party. Have a great day!
    Marcie

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  28. Great idea, I should do this! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other or if you'd like to co-host a blog hop!

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  29. That's a great idea! I love Flylady! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn

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  30. Thanks for linking up at Tiny Tip Tuesday! Your post was the number one link this week and will be featured at this week's party, which starts tonight at 9pm EST. Can't wait to see what you'll share this week! :)

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  31. This is a great idea. For me, it's easier said than done. I have such a hard time getting rid of my clothes...even when I know I'll likely never wear them again BUT you've inspired me to try. That's at least a step in the right direction.

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