The fire marshal isn’t happy.
My closet, that I’ve now turned into a college bar, is WAY over capacity.
Which is redicolous because when we moved into our home I removed the single rod in the master bedroom’s closet and added a two more rod for a total of three.
Even after tripling the capacity of the closet in our master bedroom we didn’t have enough space. I then modified the closet in one of the spare rooms to go from one rod to two.
This small, and fairly inexpensive modification, multiplied our available closet space by 2.5 times the original size. Yet, it’s still way over capacity.
A little while back, I share a simple saving technique I call “The Olive Method” where you pick one item to put back when you’re shopping. I shared an example in that post about a recent trip to Banana Republic where I was going to buy five new shirts and a pair of jeans. While in line, I made the hard decision to put one of the shirts back and left the store with four new shirts, a pair of jeans and $25 still in my pockets that I otherwise would have spent.
The reason I was raiding the 40% off sale rack at Banana was because I, at that point, had lost 32 pounds thanks to my new consistent workout routine supported by the simple life hack where I went from saying “I don’t have time” to “it’s not a priority” (see #5 in this post).
I’ve now lost 38.1 pounds and most of my clothes are making me look like a little kid that borrowed his father’s clothes.
Another trip to Banana Republic last week netted four more shirts from the 40% off sale rack and a trip to Costco resulted a new pair of Levi jeans for only $27.
All of these new clothes are starting to test the limits of my closet, not to mention my supply of hangers.
Since I NEVER plan to regain the weight I’ve recently lost I’ve decided that I need to sell, donate or thrown away all of the closes that don’t fit anymore.
As you can imagine, when your closet resembles the popular college bar that is way over capacity it’s a daunting task to tediously try everything on to determine what will get sold, what will get donated and what will get tossed.
After starting at my closet for a few minutes I remember a post I read a while back where J.D. Roth (the founder of Get Rick Slowly) moved his clothes to the spare room. By having his clothes in the spare room he forced himself to “go shopping” in his own closet when he needed something to wear. Once he wore something from the spare room, that piece of clothing was allowed to return to his main closet and live to see another day. After a year, the remaining 37 shirts and sweaters still left in the spare room were donated and his closet de-clutting was complete. (Interesting enough, J.D. was also in the middle a losing a bunch of weight.)
I thought about deploying this tactic but couldn’t figure out a good way to separate my clothes from my favorites that earn their way back into my closet from the ones that are still hanging out in the spare room. This is likely due to the shear volume of clothing I have accumulated over the years.
Since I wasn’t prepared to buy a bunch of temporary closet racks to make this work, I decided to turn my closet into the hot spot in a college town on homecoming.
What I mean is that, just like when a bar is at capacity, they need to deploy a one-in-one-out policy.
When bars are in one-in-one-out mode, a new bar goer doesn’t get to enter the bar until someone leaves the bar for the night.
The same tactic will be used for my closet from this point forward.
When I choose a shirt to wear for the day, I need to also choose a shirt that will get sold, donated or thrown away.
If all goes according to plan, in 30 days I will have removed 30 shirts from my closet but I won’t stop there. I’m planning to keep the one-in-one-out policy in effect until my closet is completely de-clutted and void of clothes that don’t fit anymore.
As an added perk, we’ll see if trying to sell used clothing will be a worthwhile money making endeavor.
What do you think about my one-in-one-out plan for my closet? Do you need to deploy this tactic in your closet as well? Please let me know by leaving a comment below.
P.s. I’m planning to write a follow-up post about this closet experiment but it might be a while before I get through all the clothes in my closet. I will be keeping the Vosa Insiders up to date with the progress of removing clothing from my closet then sharing how I will be maximizing the amount of money I’ll be able to make selling these items. Click here, or enter your email address into the yellow box below, to become a VOSA Insider today (it’s 100% free by the way).
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