When a new season rolls around I usually find my drawers and closet busting at the seams. I try to take out time to look through my clothes and donate what I don't wear anymore. This makes room for new purchases. About a month ago I decided I was tired of having to shove my clothes in my closet and drawers and wanted it to be easier to access and look at. I came out with a large pile of clothes, shoes and accessories I was ready to part ways with.
I am usually one to donate my clothes, but this year since I am raising funds to go on a mission trip to India I put it out on facebook to all my friends and fellow college students that I was selling clothes. I priced items very low and still made a significant amount. I still recommend donating over selling, but since desperate times call for desperate measures..selling on social media was a great outlet.
Here are some tips I have come up with along the way that may help you and encourage you to do a clean sweep in your closet.
-Motivate yourself. Put on a feel good movie, television show via hulu or netflix or just some good tunes to motivate you.
-Try to stay organized. I say try because when cleaning out a closet, things can tend to get out of hand quickly. Make piles for keep or donate/sell (whichever you decide) as well as piles to put away for the next season. Have two trash bags handy for trash as well as donations.
-Ask yourself questions. Asking yourself simple questions like "When was the last time I wore this?" "Will it come back in style?" "Is this worn out?" "Do I enjoy wearing this?" will ease your experience and aid your difficult decisions, if I am having a hard time deciding if I want to keep it or not I usually just put it in the donate pile because I will usually have the same difficulty if I am contemplating wearing it.
-Think of others while sorting through clothes. If you have ever heard a friend gush over your bag or dress...remember those moments and see if they would like to take it off your hands.
-Keep basics. Only if they aren't worn out or ratty. If they are, donate them (or throw them away if it is a point of no return) and invest in new basics. This goes for: leggings, undershirts, solid color cardigans and button ups.
-Reuse & Upcycle. If there is a sweater or shirt you just wish you liked a little more, try putting your own spin on them. For example, if you like that sweater but it is getting old, add studs to it. If there is a shirt you think is cute but want it to be a little more on-trend, cut the sleeves out. There are plenty of upcycling tutorials online, I also love to find inspiration for upcycling on Urban Outfitter's Urban Renewal.
-Box it up. Since I have limited amounts of space, I put away spring/summer clothes in the fall & winter. This frees up room as well as makes it a surprise to open up the boxes and see clothes I forgot about.
-Keep things fresh. To make sure you take good care of the clothes you have, give them a good wash and when they are just sitting in drawers keep a fresh smelling satchet in the drawer. Here is a great tutorial to make your own.
-Clean before you donate. Be courteous and clean your clothes before you donate them. This is a small gesture that makes everything nicer. Hey...maybe even iron them;)
-Weigh the difference: donating vs. selling. Personally, I enjoy donating more than selling but selling is a great option when you are looking to freshen up your wardrobe. You can sell in a pop-up shop on your blog, instagram account, ebay or even just let your friends know you are selling some clothes. Everything is a learning experience, so maybe try out both donating then selling and see what you like best. Look at your own situation and decide for yourself what you want to do: donate or sell. If you do decide to sell, a good idea is make a free basket and fill it with items people can grab if they buy something.