So here's what I did:
I took all my hanging things and turned the hangers around once again. The trick is that when you put the item back after you wear it, you put it back with the hanger facing the right way. Then when you go to clean out again in a year or so, anything that's left facing the wrong way goes.
I also color-coded everything so I can see what's what. If I'm looking for a blue shirt, they're all together and not scattered about amongst each other. I got rid of things with stains (or at least moved them into a small "still fits, but don't ever wear it out of the house" pile) and things that were too small (I tried on a lot of tops). I washed all the tops with hanger dents in the shoulders.
Sweaters got piled in the dresser, colors on one side, neutrals on the other. I may have a problem with buying white/gray/tan.
And I'm pretty proud of the pile that's going out the door. I actually can't believe I didn't get rid of some of this stuff the last time I cleaned out, which wasn't that long ago!
Windbreakers. There are windbreakers in there!
I still need to tackle pants and tshirts- the layering kind that get worn over and over again and are worse than I realize- but overall I'm happy with the job that's gotten done. The majority of what needed to be cleaned out- tops- has been done. I got a bunch of nice new things for my birthday, so I'm filling in the gaps of what's missing. I'll call it a success.
Have you tackled your closet lately? Are there any tricks you always do? Find any ancient items lately?
The winner of the Sleeping Fox Stitchery giveaway is Jena. Congrats! I'll be in touch.