Spring Cleaning 101
Spring is around the corner! I usually get a bit antsy towards the end of winter and have a big spring cleaning party with my closet. I just love getting rid of stuff. It feels invigorating to live lighter and decluttered. I can’t wait for the warmer weather for a change of wardrobe. I miss my spring clothes that I haven’t seen in months! That means I make myself a fresh cup of coffee on a Sunday morning, put on my yoga pants and get to work. Don’t forget to blast some music to get your blood pumping!
Cleaning your closet can be a huge job that consumes all of your being, which can be overwhelming and result in procrastination. But I’m here to help!
Here are some tips on Spring Cleaning 101:
First things first, look through all of your Fall/Winter clothes and sort them by keep, stow and purge.
KEEP: Clothes you save. Best thing you can do for your closet is to carefully select the pieces you’ll wear again. Especially the classic pieces, such as pencil skirt, ballet flats, leather jacket, white shirt or blazer. Those are always items you can restyle worh “now” pieces. Invest in items that has longevity in your closet. Your wallet will thank you later!
STOW: How to you store your out of season clothes. My pride and joy are my sweaters, especially the ones I designed and wear often. Always clean them first and never hang on hangers or they’ll stretch. I’d like to store all the winter sweaters, especially the merino wools and cashmeres that moths love to sink their teeth into, in a vacuum-seal bag. Try this one! It prolongs the wear of the sweater and save space at the same time. Here are some more tips from Stylecaster on how to store other items.
PURGE: The pieces you never wear. If you have that piece that hasn’t seen the light of day in the last 30 days, say goodbye! I know. The cheap hoarder part of me would say “Hold onto to it. You paid good money for it. It might be cool again.” The other part of me would say,”You’re not going to wear it ever again. Get rid of it already!” There’s a big chance that you won’t be wearing it again, so free yourself from clutter and more space in your closet to fill those “trendy” pieces that you’ve been eyeing on.
Once you’ve collected all your purge items, here are a few suggestions how to get rid of them. Sort the purge pile and separate in 3 piles. Throw away, resell and donate.
Throw away: Damaged or worn clothing can be recycled into new materials again. Items can be donated to major retail store that accepts used clothing, such as North Face. You can type in your zip code on the Recycling Locator to find one closest to you.
Donate: There are many national and local charities in your area that are in need of clothing donations. Some charities that take used clothing are Salvation Army, Value Village and Dress for Success.
Resell: Separate those items that still have resale value. You can use the cash for more shopping later. Here is a list of few sites I personally use to resell items I no longer wear:
Ebay: It’s easy to use but takes a lot of time to manage each item, to answer buyer’s messages, upload photos, countless trips to the post office and manage payments. The site takes about 10% of your sold items for a hosting fee. If you have all the time in the world, and want to keep majority of the dames, this is the site for you.