Be honest: How often do you really wear each piece of clothing in your wardrobe? Chances are, you’ve considered downsizing by donating your seldom-used garments to charity. But too often, we come up with flimsy excuses to keep certain items: If a pair of pants is too tight, we’ll diet. If a dress is too formal, we’ll hold onto it for a “special occasion.”

In short, it’s hard to part with unworn, good-quality attire—but Apartment Therapy provides clotheshorses with an ingenious trick to make the process a little easier: Instead of arranging your hangers in your closet as you normally would, flip them backward (so that they hook from the far side of the rod). After you wear an item, turn its hanger around when you put it back into place post-wash. This way, you can track which pieces of attire are wardrobe mainstays—and grudgingly acknowledge which ones are simply taking up space. Check at the end of the season, and donate any items that still have a backwards-facing hanger. Then, luxuriate in your newly decluttered closet (until your next shopping spree, that is). 

[h/t Apartment Therapy]