Don’t Wait Until Spring For A Closet Cleanout!
Make more room for a new spring wardrobe before spring arrives!
Spring is associated with new beginnings and a fresh start. After 4 months of gray dreary days that make us want to hibernate under the covers, seeing that first peek of sunshine in the sky sets our butts into gear and drives our desire to be productive. The first task many of us choose to tackle is cleaning our closets to ensure it’s prepared to close its doors on the knit sweaters and welcome the arrival of the flowy maxi skirts. Why wait until spring though? Take that spring cleaning motivation and utilize it now so that when the spring finally does arrive (hopefully sooner rather than later) you can spend your time outside enjoying that warm weather like you deserve! Choose to switch things up a little this year. Don’t Wait Until Spring For A Closet Cleanout, get a head start on your spring cleaning today.
First and foremost, when you’re cleaning out your closet you have to be thorough, and this means you need to climb into the deep and dark depths of your closet and take every last thing out of it. In order to make sure you don’t miss anything hidden in the back that could potentially be donated, you need to be able to see each and every item that’s in your closet. So gather it all out, throw it on your bed, and prepare yourself for the (not so) fun part!
After your closet is empty, it’s important that you actually CLEAN the inside of it, which is a step many people overlook. If your closet has carpet, sneak a vacuum in there. If you use shelves, grab a feather duster. If it requires any cleaning with spray and paper towels, then do that! A clean closet is a happy closet, and also helps to make your clothes last longer.
The next, and probably overwhelming, step is to actually go through your clothing. To make this process easier, ask yourself these vital questions to decide whether or not each item should be kept, or tossed:
- Does this fit me?
- Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
- If I saw this in the store right now and I didn’t already own it, would I buy it?
- Am I likely to wear this item again?
- Do I feel confident when I wear this?
If you answer no to any of these questions, set them to the side.
Now that you know which items you’re keeping, it’s time to put them back into your closet. If you want some pointers on how to stay organized and get the most out of your clothing, follow these tips:
- Hang as many items as you can while still keeping it neat. You’re more likely to wear an item if you see it hanging there, and so you’ll be sure to never forget about owning a certain item.
- Use garment organizers to section your closet into neat categories. You can section your clothing by style, occasion, sleeve length, or whatever works for you.
- If your closet is open and on display, buy matching hangers so that your closet looks neater and more put together.
Since your closet is now neatly put back together, you can focus all your attention on the clothes that you decided not to keep. You have 3 options – donate, sell, or throw away.
Unfortunately for us, buying new clothes requires having money, and that’s why it’s sometimes better to choose to sell any unwanted clothing. This option works even better when the items are either brand new, in great condition, and are still in style. While you can choose to sell the clothing on your own, there are a few different platforms that can help you out along the way. Poshmark, which takes a 20 percent commission fee, allows you to create a “closet” filled with any items you’d like to sell while giving you the opportunity to share them in virtual parties so they’ll be viewed by more potential buyers.
Donating any unwanted clothes is a perfect way to help out those who could truly use them, and there are tons of places that will be more than happy to accept your gently used clothes. In addition to any local shelters and the more popular Salvation Army, there are more specific organizations you can choose to donate to.
- Dress for Success aids disadvantage women by not only providing the tools they need to develop career skills, but also by providing them with any professional attire you donate.
- Soles 4 Souls repurposes your gently worn shoes and, in turn, creates meaningful economic opportunities all around the globe.
- Career Gear, through their job readiness program, provides interview clothing as well as training to men entering and re-entering the workforce.
- Still have your wedding dress and don’t know what to do with it? Brides Across America helps relieve the stress of planning a wedding for military brides by giving them a free wedding dress.
This should be your last option. If you decide that you personally would not wear an item due to excessive stains, tears, scuffs, or pulls, throw these items out. On the other hand, if the item has something that can easily be fixed, such as a missing button or a broken zipper, bring it to your local cleaners to be corrected. From here you can decide if you’d rather keep, sell, or donate the item.