Perhaps it’s the beginning of a new year and a desire to get organized, but I’ve had a lot of conversations recently about closet clean outs. Compared to closets I’ve had in previous homes, my closet is fairly small….and (gasp), I share it with my husband. Not my dream closet for sure. But, it does force me to edit, edit, edit.
You hear about the benefits of capsule wardrobes (keep the things you really wear and look good in), organizing by color and letting go of what you haven’t worn in a year. I abide by all of these and one of the easiest ways to do it is a 3 step process for moving out what you no longer need.
- Make an appointment for a charitable pick up (i.e. Big Brothers Big Sisters, Vietnam Vets of America) before you clean out. That way you will have a date to work toward. Set up empty boxes or bags and add to them regularly. Once they pick up, add the receipt to your tax file.
- For lightly worn items (or even those items with the tags on) that are well known brands (i.e. Tory Burch, DVF, Theory, J. Crew) send them to Thred Up. You order a free clean out bag and fill it with gently worn women’s and children’s clothing. They pay you a bulk amount and/or a consignment fee. I’m on my 4th bag!
- For luxury brand items that are spending more time on your shelves than being worn, use Fashion Phile. You send them photos of your goods and they will offer you a buyout price and a consignment price…you decide if you want immediate gratification or the best possible price. They will email you a prepaid FedEx label.
If you have a plan for what to do with everything before you clean out your closet, you might be able to let things go.
Get started this week and when Spring arrives…you’ll be ahead of the game!
images: windsor smith, the coveteur, instyle magazine