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October 31, 2014
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Spring clean your closet

Decisions, decisions…


Be honest, ask the tough questions
Ask these questions about the clothes you’re on the fence about: Will I really wear this? What would I wear it with? Is it flattering and does it fit properly? Is it the image I want to project? If you answer “no” to these questions, put it in the giveaway pile.

Say goodbye to your stuff
Once you have a giveaway pile, sort the clothes, deciding how you will pass them on. If you don’t think you can make any money by re-selling an item, give it to local thrift stores or give it to a friend. One of my favorite ways to get rid of clothing is to organize a clothing swap. Gather some friends and ask them to bring their giveaways. Throw the clothes into a giant pile and “shop” till you drop. If you have designer or luxury items, consider selling online; check out the websites eBay, Bib and Tuck, Copious, Klury, Poshmark, Threadflip, Tradesy, Shop Hers and The Real Real. If an item is too stained or worn out, then throw it out, turn it into cleaning rags, or donate to fabric drives. It may be hard to get rid of something that was a gift or still has the price tag on it, but if you’ve never worn something it’s time to toss it. If you feel guilty about having splurged on something you’ve never worn, consider that you can make some money back on it, or give it to a friend who loves it. For example, many times when I do a closet haul, I give the castoffs to the girls at my dance studio. When I think of something I feel bad about parting with, I just think of their excited and happy faces when they see I’ve brought in a bag of hand-me-downs.

Organize

Now it’s time to put the stuff you’re keeping back in the closet. The best way to keep an organized closet, where you can easily find what you’re looking for, is to organize by color or type (for example, sweaters, dresses, professional, casual, etc.) Also, think about adding closet accessories and invest in shoe racks, boxes, and nice hangers. These will give your closet a put-together look and keep your shoes and clothing in good condition.