If you’re like me, you have more clothes (and shoes) in your closet than you can even hope to “wear out” before they go out of style.
Believe it or not, cleaning out your closet can be a good way to earn a little extra cash once in a while, plus it will help you cut down on your unloved, unused, and unneeded clothes, which are a form of clutter I struggle with.
Part one of this mini-series will cover how to clean out your closet.
Next week, I’ll discuss how to make some fast cash!
To start, set aside a large chunk of time so you don’t get interrupted part-way through your closet clean out.
You may even consider asking a close friend, or a fashionable friend, to come over and help you decide what stays and what goes.
Go through your closet piece by piece. For each item ask yourself questions like:
- When was the last time I wore this and when will I wear this again? If it has been more than 6 months to one year since you last wore it, it probably needs to go.
- Is this worn out? This one is obvious, if it’s worn out or shabby looking, it needs to go.
- Do I like this? Does this make me feel good? If you don’t really like the piece and it doesn’t look flattering and make you feel good (and comfortable), get rid of it!
The key to this step is that you have to be completely and totally honest with yourself as you answer these questions. It can be hard, but you can also ask your friend to pitch in. If she is around you quite often and hasn’t seen you wear the item, consider getting rid of it.
As you make your way through your closet, you may find things you had forgotten you had. I know I did!
When you come upon pieces you are unsure of whether or not to get rid of, try them on. If you don’t like what you see or you feel uncomfortable, don’t keep it!
I often get stuck in the trap of, “If I lose 5 pounds this will fit perfectly!”
But in all honesty, most of these items that don’t fit are aspirational clutter, weighing heavily on me and at times, making me feel stressed. We have enough things to worry about in life besides that pair of pants that won’t quite button. Unless you love the item or spent an exorbitant amount of money on it, let it go.
As you continue to work your way through your closet, try to keep your eyes open for “loner pieces”.
These are things that don’t match or work well with anything else you own. If you are on a tight budget, it doesn’t make much sense to hold onto these items. After all, you’ll have to buy something else to go with these items before you can wear them. Much like aspirational clutter, unless you love it, it needs to go.
Now that you’ve figured out what you’re getting rid of, you’re ready to make some quick cash! Find out how next week in part two.
Does your closet need a clean out?
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