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A Guide: Cleaning Your Closet

Organized Closet

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2017 is the year that I complete the KonMari method! If there’s one resolution I have, that is it. I know that by cleaning out all the things I don’t like or need in my life anymore, I will be able to appreciate what I DO love. You may have seen some of the piles of clothes I started sorting through last night. It’s funny because even though I’ve started the process before, I now have clothing that no longer brings me joy. Some of it is new; some of it just doesn’t spark joy anymore.

The 1st part of the process has been fairly easy for me: clothes, books, then papers. It’s always the miscellany where I get tripped up. I decided to come up with an order for that this time so I have a road map. I don’t know what it will be YET, but stay tuned.

If you’re reading the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up or just have a few clothes to part ways with this season, I recommend 3 things:

  1. Sell: New items with or without tags are the winners here. Mildly worn clothing and shoes are key candidates. Well cared for accessories move quickly too. Name brand items are best, although on-trend vintage or modern clothing sells just as well. A great example of that right now is high-waisted jeans.
  2. Donate: These are items that have some wear, that have fallen out of your favor, or you’ve grown out of. Think school uniforms, bridesmaid dresses, costumes, or any moderately worn garments you just don’t like and/or probably won’t be able to sell. All of the above would potentially sell but it could take a year of sitting around on an ugly Christmas sweater just to move it. At that point, it’s probably not worth it if you are trying to declutter your life. If you aren’t interested in selling your clothes, that’s fine too!
  3. Recycle: These are items that are damaged, stained, & worn out. This includes old lingerie, socks, those $10 leggings, pilling sweaters, etc. As a seasoned thrift shopper I can attest that these items usually won’t get sold and just end up in the trash or recycle facility anyway. I was just at H&M this past week and they will accept bags of used textiles in exchange for a coupon(according to the in-store pamphlet).


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Are you cleaning out your closet in the New Year?

How do you stay on top of your wardrobe?

Let me know in the comments below.

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