There is nothing like a freshly cleaned closet. We all start out with those organized closets, and the WANT To keep them clean, but life of course gets ahead of us and as we try to keep up with it, we pull items from shelves in the closet or sometimes right off the hanger. When it is time to put things back in the closet, somehow the chair is more inviting than the hangers and well, there’s a lovely pile sitting in my room and I bet yours as well. How do we scale down our closets to clothing that makes sense, is organized and sets our closets free? It’s spring and everyone I know is cleaning out their closet, out with the old and in with the new. I Have been receiving a lot of questions/emails about how to make closet cleaning the most time-effective and the most profitable. Here is what I have answered to many that have written in. Lavishly living fashion and organization out loud here’s the how to spring time clothes closet clean out!
SPRING TIME CLOTHES CLOSET CLEAN OUT
First, run through all the hanging wardrobe and if you have pieces you have not had on in years, TOSS IT, because you aren’t going to wear it any time soon.
Second, take a second run through the closet, what is stained? torn? needs repaired?Snagged? Missing buttons, —- Get rid of it. Again, these items are not being used because they have something wrong with them, they have sat there this long without use, they are SPACE HOGS! Toss em’. !!
The third run through the closet, should be a try on run. Check items for fit, and style as well as look. See if you can button the buttons across your chest, if you can’t toss it! Do the jeans zipper or are you left with muffin top? Muffin top jeans hit the TOSS pile! Are the pants bell bottoms? Are the pants too tight? Are the pants too baggy? Can you even see your figure? If you can not see yourself in the clothing, get rid of it, and conversely, if you can see too much of yourself TOSS it!
First run through, anything that has been packed away and not used for years. Trust me we all shoes in our closet we are not wearing. All the shoes that are in boxes or stashed away are doing is taking up space so why keep them? Good bye shoes.
Second run through the closet, shoes that we wear that hurt—get rid of them. Just because you LOVE them does not mean your feet should feel the pain in them, find a new pair. Our feet change after pregnancy, during weight gain or loss, so it is only fitting that shoes we have had in our closet for over ten years may potentially not fit. Additionally if you have shoes that are that old in your closet and have substantial wear on them, my guess they are worn out and not good for your feet either, just THROW them in the garbage.
Third run through, condense what you have left, organize them and keep them in sight. Try each shoe on and think about what clothes you have that matches each shoe.
First time through, any purse that is 10 years or older, say goodbye to it.
Second time through, any purse you have not used in the last 2 years.Any purse that you have that has something wrong, broken zipper, snap, button, buckle, etc., just get rid of it. Getting it fixed is probably really not worth it or you would have done it YEARS ago. My question to you is, “Why in the world are you keeping things that don’t work?”
Third time through: Organize the purses you have chosen to keep and think about what outfits they would match with. IF you can’t think of an outfit to match it with, chances are you should get rid of it as well. There is no room in our lives for excess baggage, lol!
WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THE STUFF I AM GETTING RID OF?
This is not just a get rid of and not get anything for it proposition, rather, you need to know that some of the items in your closet may offer you a bit of cash for being such a STASH hoarder(lol). There is a market for EVERYTHING you are about to SHED out of your closet, it just depends what YOU want out of your stuff. Hello Craigslist, Vietnam Vets, Clothing Consignment Sales at your local churches, etc. If you can’t make money on the items you are about to get rid of at least feel good that someone in need will be using them, so either way it is out of your closet and helping you out of a disorganized, cluttered living space.
The Vietnam Veterans of America will pick everything up from your doorstep and take it away in return they will give you a tax donation form to turn into your tax accountant for a deduction. You can schedule the pick up on line and tell them exactly where the bags will be. This is so easy to do, I mean it is a pickup service and you literally don’t have to leave your house, HELLO, easy peasy service and FREE! While you don’t make money on your clothing you do get rid of it and become organized while helping others…. good deeds are great! #BEKIND
The Salvation Army. They will come to your doorstep as well and leave you a donation form for tax purposes.
The GOODWILL store – in the parking lots of a few of the GOODWILL stores are open donation days when you can drive up and donate your items. Staff members tend to the donation trucks. There are days when there is discounted shopping, so others benefit from your giving.
St. Vincent Bins at church parking lots- this is another way to donate your clothing. Just put the stuff in bags and drive to your local church(one that has the bins in it) and dump your stuff right in, no fuss. We do this a lot!
Personally I can tell you consignment is not my thing. I disagree with the one local shop that purchases Liz Claiborne clothing from me for $5 and then turns around and charges $50. Seriously what kind of garbage is that because I can literally walk into Macy’s and buy NEW for less. My other hang up with some consignment places is their attitudes, as if everything in their store is so much better than the owner that brought it in. Consignment works when both the consignor and consignee profit, and this is not always possible, so watch where you consign and what you get for your products! Remember, Consignment requires, washed clothing, no repairs needed and pretty much items that are either very classic or very new. Your better bet, the Craigslist and while this is a whole other story, I have rocked sales in there far beyond what I could have ever imagined and it’s all cash!
Lavishly live life out loud, with fashion all organized, and cleaned up as you do the Spring Time Clothes Closet Clean Out.