Closet Cleanse 101
2019 has arrived, and I always like to start the year off with a somewhat clear mind... however, I can't have a clear mind if I don't have a clear environment.
I was daydreaming early this morning about my upcoming trips to Costa Rica and Vegas, and immediately I started panicking because I wasn't 100% sure that a lot of my Summer clothes still fit. I have a lot of clothes in my closet that have gone untouched for ages, or I've only held onto them for the wrong reasons.
In a panicked frenzy, I immediately grabbed a box and started rifling through my closet one piece at a time. After about an hour, I had a completely full bag ready to head to a donation store, and a garbage bag full of ruined shoes and clothes.
I decided to share with you some of my tips for a successful closet cleanse so that you can start the new year off feeling balanced and refreshed too!
Deciding What To Keep
I tend to hang on to a lot of clothes that don't necessarily compliment my body type well, or I've only hung on to them because of their worth or brand. Deciding what to keep is the hardest part, because once you decide what you want to keep, deciding what to donate or toss is easy.
I've managed to narrow down my process to just a few questions:
1. Have I worn this item within the last year?
2. Is this piece honestly and truly flattering on me?
3. Are these shoes that I can wear for the longevity of the night or do they hurt?
4. Is this an item I can picture myself in at different types of occasions?
5. Can I wear this item with more than one item in my closet?
Once you answer these questions honestly, you'll see that there are always lots of items that you can part with. Some pieces are harder to part with than others, but once you work up the courage and throw it out door, you'll feel a lot better.
Deciding What to Toss
This is an obvious one: if the item is damaged or ruined in any way that isn't fixable, or if it will cost more to fix than the item is worth, throw it out. Don't donate damaged items because, honestly, nobody wants your stained crap with holes in it.
Donate or Sell?
I used to exclusively donate my clothes to Value Village or Talize, but for the last few years I've been bringing my clothes to Platos Closet first to sell some of the items that are newer, more expensive and in great condition.
If you've never been to Platos Closet before, they work like a consignment shop for a younger audience. They sell items that are more stylish, and they pay you cash right on the spot! You typically get 1/3 of the price that they will sell it for, and I love walking out of there with cash in hand. Today I made about $40, but other times I've made upwards of $150.
Whatever is leftover afterwards, I donate.
Today I managed to part with about 1/4 of my closet (right??) and I made a few bucks doing it! Nothing feels better than looking at your wardrobe and seeing just the good stuff, and it will also save you a lot of time in the long run when you're getting ready for running errands or a night out!
Let 2019 be the year of letting go and saying goodbye - even if it's just to old clothes and shoes!