5 easy steps for cleaning out your closet.

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With a new season in full effect, it’s always a good time to start fresh, get organized and purge - specifically in your closet! I’m sharing 5 easy tips that will not only have your closet looking new again, but may even put money back in your pocket!

5 steps

  1. Take everything out of your closet. I know it might seem daunting, but this is a must. You can’t truly get a sense of what you have until it’s all piled up on your bed!

  2. Sort everything into piles of like items: all shirts together, jeans, dresses, etc. Try to sort by color as well - this will help you identify what you can get rid of. For example: If you own 10 pairs of denim, try cutting it down by 25% and get rid of 4 pairs. You really only need one of each wash and style.

  3. If you haven’t worn something in a year - try it on to make sure it still fits. If it does and you still like it, add it to the keep pile. If it doesn’t fit, it either goes into the donate pile or is saved in a box for when you finally lose those extra 10 lbs.

  4. Start putting your closet back together. This is a great time to re-merchandise your closet by putting things back in a different order than they were before. I like to style it by season and by type. I start with tanks, then tees, long sleeve, sweaters, dresses, etc. and I always sort by color (light to dark). If you have another place in your house where you can store clothes, try to only leave relevant, in-season items in your closet. This will help you to wear what you have and not feel overwhelmed!

  5. Once everything is back in it’s place, you will likely find items of clothing that you forgot you had (some even may still have tags on them)! This is a great opportunity to take some time to style that item by trying it on with different things you already own. **Insider tip - Invest in a garment rack (this is my favorite). This will help you plan outfits for the week or play around with things you already own and group outfits together so they are ready to go when you have a busy morning ahead of you.

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Bonus tip: Anything that is in the donate pile can be a candidate for re-sale via consignment or online apps. Here are some good ways to tell if something is worth selling.

  • Make sure there are no stains, holes or discoloration.

  • Make sure they are brand specific items: i.e., Free People, Steve Madden, etc. as opposed to Target brand.

  • If they fit into the categories above, you can either consign with a local store where you will get paid out once something sells (the easiest and most time efficient option) or you can list them to an app by taking your own pictures and setting your own price.

  • Consignment and apps I love: Cherry Consign in West Seattle, Poshmark (you can shop mine here), Thread Up.

Once you have cleaned out your closet, make a list of things that you need to round out your wardrobe. Not sure what those are? Stay tuned for the post on 10 things everyone should have in their wardrobe coming soon!

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Notice my baby bump in this pic!

Notice my baby bump in this pic!

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