The change in seasons is the perfect time to declutter your closet. Learn how to declutter your closet like a pro!
When the seasons change I naturally feel the urge to purge my closet. Inevitably, I go through the inner dialogue of “but…I might want to wear that again” with every single thing I decide to get rid of.
It’s almost ridiculous because the majority of the items I choose to get rid of are things I haven’t worn in at least a full year. For example, I purged a pair of boots that I purchased in 2011. They were worn often when I lived in Seattle but the climate in Florida is vastly different and they just don’t serve the same purpose here.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up might not be for all of us, but there is something to be said about decluttering and giving your space new life. It can certainly be hard to part with “things,” since we tend to connect to things and items pretty heavily.
The easiest way for me to part with items? Sell them. It’s a nice little incentive for minimizing and it gives me extra cash in my pocket. The average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles every year so this technique helps to minimize waste and breathe new life into old items. When it comes to clothing and shoes, these are my tried and true tips:
As a poor undergraduate student, I had to be creative about updating my wardrobe. My parent’s were always kind enough to set me up with clothing for school but when the urge to shop or wear something new hit, I went straight to Plato’s Closet. I can’t even count how many things I’ve “traded in” over the years. If you’re actually decluttering, this is the place to go to sell off items that still have a lot of life in them. They have a family of stores that buy everything from kids clothing to sporting goods so it’s definitely worth a look. I will say that not everything will sell at Plato’s but if you have nice, quality items that you simply aren’t wearing, it’s worth a shot.
Plato’s Closet is great if you quickly want to try to make some money off of your clothes or shoes, but if you have time to spare Poshmark is a great place to go. You can add your items to your “closet” and sell them at a price that you feel is fair. I like Poshmark because potential buyers can make an offer on your items or bundle a couple of items together if they like what you’re selling. Poshmark takes a percentage of each sale but they provide a prepaid shipping label, so all you have to do is box up your item and drop it off at USPS. If you want to sign up for Poshmark, use the code HYEYL and we’ll both earn $5!
Ivanna introduced me to ThredUP which is another fantastic option for reselling clothing and shoes. This option is probably the easiest if you just want to declutter and be done with it. You can request a mailer, ship your items in for free and collect extra cash. ThredUP also gives you the option of donating anything they don’t want to purchase, so rather than being stuck with the clothes you didn’t want, you can feel good about donating them to someone else. If you’re wondering what you might get for one of your items, you can use their clothing calculator to get a general idea. If you use my link, you’ll get $20 to shop with.
4. Garage Sale
Last but not least, a good old fashioned Garage Sale can help you get rid of items that are simply taking up space in your home. I think the important thing to remember here is that garage sales are known for being a place where you can find a good deal. It’s a great way to clear out home goods, clothing and shoes at really reasonable prices – I’m talking $1-$2 per item. While it doesn’t sound like a lot, it can add up quickly.
All of these items focus on financial gain, because let’s face, money is a good motivator. Plus it eases the blow of parting with items that you’ve grown attached to. If I haven’t worn something in over a year, I think that’s a good indicator that I probably don’t need to hold onto it.
Your turn: how often do you purge your closet? Are you guilty of holding on to things you don’t need?