Cleaning That Closet

Saturday, March 27, 2010

First things first. I can't very well inspire the desire for fabulous-ness without being honest with myself. My closet needs A LOT of work. It's a constant battle, and since becoming a mother, my limited time has become even more scarce (can I get an amen, mommies?) So... let's make a goal together to finalize, streamline, and CLEAN OUT, once and for all.

Some tips:
1. If you don't wear it. You never will.
2. Cheap looking clothing - if it looks cheap, so will you. (This doesn't mean we can't look fab on a dime, we'll get into that later)
3. Why do you have 5 pairs of ugly sweats? Keep one, toss the rest, and create a beautiful, at-home, cozy wardrobe. (You and your significant other will thank me)
4. Get rid of the velour tracksuits. I'm guilty of having one tucked away in my closet as well... But nobody has looked cool in these in a very long time.
5. Let's get back to #1 - Interesting &/or beautiful clothing in decent condition can be sold or traded for something you will actually wear.
My favorites:
Crossroads Trading
Buffalo Exchange
These chains buy and sell used clothing. Bring in your bags of unwanted merch, and they'll sort and buy according to what they need in the store. You get a percentage back in cash, or a higher percentage back in credit to shop at the store. I always do the latter. The other day I sold 4 pairs of designer jeans, a purse, and a couple of tops, and left the store with 2 amazing pairs of jeans (that I will actually wear!), a gorgeous hat for my husband, and spent just $9 out of pocket.
6. Whatever you cannot sell, donate. DON'T hang on to it. I like to first give to those in need in my immediate circle (little sisters, niece, nanny) ~ then the rest I drop at goodwill. It's freeing!