I have been slowly working my way through each closet in our house, purging and organizing. I showed my results from my bathroom closet and hopefully soon all of our closets will be conquered. My personal closet is the real doozie. It has become totally unmanageable! I have clothes everywhere and no order whatsoever. Usually I try to clean out my closet in one day but life has been busy so I am doing it in stages.
Stage one was definitely to go through my clothes and get rid of anything I do not wear. I rarely get rid of things so I forced myself to go through everything and purge what I haven’t worn in the last two years. Most people go with the “one year” rule but I am not always convinced by that. If I haven’t worn it in TWO years, then I really can’t argue that it is something I love or need.
I went through each hanger and pulled out anything that didn’t fit or hadn’t been worn in two years. When I got hung up on an item I reminded myself that making more room just meant more shopping! I filled an entire garbage bag of clothes in no time. Next I went through all of my belts and purses. And finally I picked through my jewelry.
Now, I should note that I am not a high-end shopper- most of my stuff comes from Old Navy, Forever 21, The Gap, and TJ Maxx. A big splurge for me is Banana Republic and that is rare. I say that because I want you to understand that you can consign clothes even if they are not “designer.” I headed over to Buffalo Exchange (Plaza Midwood) and they bought almost everything I brought. She went through each item and quoted me the retail price for which it would sell. Over and over she quoted me a price that was as much if not more than I paid for the piece. When you buy things for $5 and $10 on the Old Navy clearance rack it is easy to make your money back!
In the end I totaled $125 in store credit but I opted for the $75 cash payment. I made $75 for clothes that I don’t need or miss!! Score! If you have any clothes that are just taking up space consider consigning. Even if the clothes are not high end you can still make money back on them. I took my remaining clothes that did not sell and dropped them at Goodwill. Now my closet is ready for stage 2: color coding and organizing!