10 Tips & Resources for your Best Closet Cleanout Ever
Cleaning out your closet. It’s a necessary evil, right? That dilemma of, “Do I get rid of the pants I never wore, because I bought them too small and they still don’t fit?” … or “I should throw away this sweatshirt because it has holes and is faded but, I just can’t.” … or “This still has tags, I am a terrible person if I get rid of it“.
I hope that all of those scenarios above aren’t just me. I have grown to love clearing out my closet and I have found a lot of reserouces along the way that help me each time. I hope you find them helpful as well.
This is seriously the most convient option for getting rid of pieces that you don’t want anymore. You sign up for a clean up kit, and for free, they ship you an adorable polkadot bag. You fill it and leave it on your doorstep and it is picked up by the USPS. It’s insanely easy. The downside? It takes them awhile to process your bag. They do pay you for what they keep but it’s minimal. (My most “successful” bag only made me like $20.) They will pay you via PayPal OR you can earn a bit more and keep it for store credit. I have had great experiences shopping with ThredUp too – the few things I’ve ordered have been in amazing condition and fit. Also, if you use the link in this post, you get $10 to shop for free!
- Be More With Less
Amazing blog and resource. I love every single one of her emails and they are such good reminders when they arrive in my inbox. I have explored her project, Project333 quite a bit. I love to do this challenge with someone – let me know if you’re interested.
Plan a clothing swap with your friends! I am going to have one here in Fresno this spring. I attended one last spring and it was epic!!! Everyone brought what they were looking to get rid of and we did shopped (for free) each other’s closets! It was a blast – free shopping! I found this article that explains it a bit more: http://www.oprah.com/style/clothing-swap-how-to-host-a-clothing-swap but don’t get hung up on details or rules – just do it!
Start a “things to donate” pile when you are cleaning out your closet and be realistic. If you haven’t worn it in months (or years) it’s time to get rid of it.
- College campus
Does your local college have any programs for giving professional clothes to students? It is worth looking in to. Fresno State has an incredible Clothing Closet where they provide professional clothing to students for free.
- Stitch Fix
If you follow me on social media, you know I love my #StitchFix arrival days! My tips? Get rid of as much as you can so that you can refresh your closet with some fresh, staple pieces. Be super specific in your request for your Stitch Fix. Things I have requested before: sweaters with elbow pads, jeans, dresses with pockets, stretchy work pants, etc. #noshame (more Stitch Fix here)
This is my favorite app for selling things that still have tags or are in good condition. It is super easy, shipping is covered, and there are a lot of built in protections for the seller and the buyer.
- Brene Brown
I just feel like all things Brene should be listed as resources for basically everything/anything.
- KonMari Method
I have read the “Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up” multiple times because I love it. Do I subscribe to all of it? No. Am I perfect? No. Would I love to be someday? Yes. Keep me posted if you read it/try it. This is another journey that I’d love an accountability buddy on. I have her day-by-day journal by my bed and I also love that!!!
- Pinterest: Capsule Wardrobe
I feel so inspired when I look at capsule wardrobes on Pinterest. Simple is better!
What resources are some of your favorites?