How to Prolong Clothing Life and Track Its Use in a Small Closet

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Sometimes you wear something and you don't sweat. You can wear it again without washing it. It's better for the environment, it saves you money, it'll also make your clothing last a bit longer. Here's an easy way to track articles of clothing, categorize them, and easily identify what needs washed/ thrown out.

Step 1: Things You'll Need.

Acquire all of the hangers and Mini binder clips that you'll need.

In this example I am using two colors of wire-hanger, (one for regular clothing, one for winter clothing) and some pants hangers.

Step 2: Attach Binder Clips

Attach the Binder clips to the hangers like so.

Step 3: Now for Tracking.

Each time you use an article of clothing flip up one side of the clip and put the article back on the rack.
Clean both sides down
1st use left side up
2nd use right side up
3rd use both sides up
For extra uses flip the binder clip.

With this system you should be able to fit a Huge amount of clothing in a very small closet, (Red hangers are favorite shirts, black hangers are seasonal shirts)

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    dalovedr

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I love it! Simple and quick to initiate. I have often thought it would be nice to have a system to do exactly this, but i end up daydreaming of possibilities and spend more time thinking then it would take to do it. Thanks.

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    How about flipping the hanger so that the hook is facing towards you and flipping it back after you've worn it?

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    DIYDragonSoxbleed

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    First thing I noticed about the picture as well.. I'm now in love with Threadless. : )

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    tweeder82o

    10 years ago on Introduction

    i, too, save shirts if they are not dirtied in the few hours i wore them. however i'm always too lazy to hang them back up. they end up on a chair.

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    Browncoat

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't get how this system helps "fit a Huge amount of clothing in a very small closet" as you said in your last step.

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    ErulisseBrowncoat

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I have aproximately 50 shirts and 12 pants crammed into a 2.5 foot space. They are all easily identifiable because of the color coated hangers.

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    mikeasaurus

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! I also have a small closet, and since I work in an office I have loads of these clips kicking around my apartment! Now all I need is to find me some colour hangers, all I have are the crummy bare metal ones from a dry cleaners. :(

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