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Closet Clean Out 101

So if you know me then you absolutely know that my closet is my happy place. I step inside and all is right in the world. With that being said, I organize my closet meticulously every season. I also feel like having a neat and tidy closet is a quality of life thing (to me, at least) because it makes mornings easier by taking less time to pick out an outfit as well as the closet just being pleasingly aesthetic in general. Over time, I’ve gathered a lot of tips and tricks that I swear by whenever I start cleaning my closet out and through doing all of this it has made me become more organized as well as a better shopper because I’ve said goodbye to frivolous purchases and now only shop for what I truly need.

THROW OUT IF:

  • It doesn’t fit – “Omg I am so going to wear these jeans when I get back down to my high school weight” SAID NO ONE EVER. Stop keeping clothes that don’t fit. It makes you feel bad and you want your closet to be a *POSITIVE* space for both you and your body.
  • You haven’t worn it in over a year – For seasonal items such as sweaters, vests, etc. I go by if I haven’t worn it for the full season that it’s made for. Keeping something you don’t wear just adds unnecessary space to your closet and why not replace it with something you absolutely love and want to wear all the time?
  • You bought it on sale– If you bought something on sale & wear it often then congrats because this does not apply to you. But if not – do you all know how many times I used to buy things “because it was on sale” and then never wore it? Looking back I wish I could have slapped myself because I seriously thought I was saving so much money when I don’t think I would have bought it in the first place *eye roll*. If there is an item on sale that I like I ALWAYS ask myself this question, “Do I love it so much that I would have bought it full-price?” And if so, buy it!
  • Unsure about a piece?- IF you are going back and forth about whether to keep or get rid of a piece then grab a big box and put every single thing that you are unsure about in that box and store it away in a storage room/closest for a few months. If you haven’t gotten the box back out and opened it to get out any certain item then you know you can live without those items.

OPTIONS TO GET RID OF CLOTHES:

  • Goodwill – Clearly the most obvious if you’re just looking to get rid of clothes but did you also know that you can take any type of clothing thats stained, ripped, etc. and they will recycle it! How cool is that? I’m trying to be as waste-free as possible so it’s nice knowing I don’t have to throw any of those ruined pieces away. They also take jewelry, old Halloween costumes, old eyeglasses, and will even take just one shoe if you lost the other one (this has happened to me.. don’t ask even ask how). So if you have any of those laying around that you no longer like then I would take them to Goodwill ASAP!
  • Poshmark– If you have nice clothes, jewelry, purses, etc. that are in good condition you can always sell them on Poshmark. They make it really easy to sell your items as they provide you with a shipping label when someone purchases anything from your ‘Poshmark Closet.’ It’s also great because you get paid when the person receives the item and accepts it. This app has saved my life after college. I used to own so many Lilly Pulitzer for sorority formals, events, etc. that I never touched after I graduated. It was so nice being able to sell them because I know they were going to a good home where they would get a lot of use out of them!
  • Bra Recyclers– You guys.. this was an absolute lifesaver a few months ago. I still had bras that I owned from High School. HIGH SCHOOL. When I was purging my closet at the beginning of spring I wanted so badly just to throw them out and be done with them but the one thing I hate more than clutter is being wasteful. I started looking at different options and then found Bra Recyclers. They take gently used bras or sports bras and donate them to women or girls that are in desperate need of them. They also work with all kinds of different non-profit organizations which I love. You can click here to find out more.

OTHER TIPS/TRICKS:

  • Use the same type of hanger for a more streamlined look – these are my absolute favorite because they’re thinner so you can fit more into a small space and the material feels like velvet so clothes never slide off of them! These are my absolute favorites.
  • Organize clothes by season (tank tops, shirts, long-sleeve shirts, sweaters,) and then color. I also have my jeans organized by wash and have hung my dresses that I’ve organized by length (short to long).
  • Repurpose old jeans/tops – I had a few pairs of jeans that fit great but I didn’t wear them that much so I decided to do a DIY raw hem and now they look SO much better & I wear them all the time. I learned how to do it here. They didn’t show this in the video but I rubbed sandpaper on the bottom of the raw hem to get that distressed look. As for tops, there was one that I loved but was too long to be a top and too short to be a dress so I tied a knot in the front of it and it looks much more fitted and wearable!
  • If you have a walk in closet then paint it a color you love and put a great full-length mirror in it. The color I painted mine is Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and it’s the most gorgeous muted sea foam color that’s also really soothing to look at.
  • I have a jewelry holder hung on my wall that I love because I can display everything and quickly decide which pieces would look good with certain outfits versus them being hidden away in a box. I got mine from World Market a long time ago and unfortunately don’t sell them anymore but I’ve found an identical option here.

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