Monday, September 22, 2014

3 tips for cleaning out your closet + a giveaway

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Cue the Eminem because I was cleaning out my closet yesterday. I had been putting it off since we moved into our house...six months ago. I still had clothes and shoes in a storage tub and trash bags. Obviously, I wore those often. But, ugh, the idea of cleaning out my closet overwhelmed me. At least three times I walked in thinking, "Today's the day," only to look around then walk out and shut the door behind me. I credit the two-hour nap I took yesterday afternoon, during the Browns game {some fan I am} with giving me the energy to tackle this project. Don't get me wrong. I laid on the floor of my closet for a good 15 minutes trying to decide where to start before Shawn caught me, which prompted me to get my buns in gear. Pretty much only to get out of doing laundry.

Here are some before pictures to help give you an idea of the task at hand:

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So while I was laying on the floor of my closet, I came up with three helpful tips to sorting, organizing and parting ways with some of my duds.

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1. Start small. I was feeling overwhelmed by the amount of clothes and shoes that I wanted to go through, so I decided to start small. You know, to build my confidence and sense of accomplishment. I started with my swim suit bin. That went well, so I moved on to my belt bin. Nailed it. Feeling good about that, I moved onto the harder stuff like shirts and sweaters. I was killin' it at this point. Then I got to my jeans and work pants. Woof.

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2. Know when to toss. There were items in my closet that still have the tags on them and there were items that I took the tags off of, wore once and hadn't touched in years. Whenever I clean out my closet, I like to set a rule of when to toss {well, donate rather} something. My rule yesterday was if I hadn't worn an item during the last season it was appropriate {i.e. a sweater last fall/winter}, it went into the toss pile. Of course, there was exceptions, but if I don't wear those couple of sweaters this fall/winter, they've gotta go the next time I clean out my closet. I ended up with a 30-gallon storage tub of clothes to donate and a trash bag full of items that were not donation worthy. 

3. Try things on. While there were a lot of clothes that were a no brainer, there were a few items that I was indecisive about whether to keep or donate. I recommend trying those items on. If it doesn't fit well or you can't see yourself wearing it, then donate it. If it fits well and you can think of at least three ways to wear it, keep it. This tip came in handy when I was sorting through my jeans and work pants.

Here are a few after pictures:

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{I have a thing for sweatshirts. This picture makes me realize that it might be serious.}

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It may not look that different, but knowing that I filled a 30-gallon storage bin with clothes to donate and a trash bag of clothes and shoes to toss makes me feel pretty good. And any time I have empty hangers, I feel like I've won because this means that I can go shopping.

Speaking of shopping, be sure to enter the $100 J.Crew gift card giveaway from Because of Jackie sponsors:

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23 comments:

Shybiker said...

I'm encouraged by your advice and achievement. I quickly filled up my closet with cheap thrift-store clothes and need to edit them down. I've been afraid to tackle the project but your suggestion to start small makes sense. Look out skirts, here I come!

Brita Long said...

I spent my first three years out of college mostly living out of two large suitcases. Having that much limited space really helped me prioritize my wardrobe! I do a purge every time I move, and I've moved a LOT in the last five years. The clothes currently in my closet and dresser are ones I usually wear quite often. I have a few nice things that are too big for me (I lost some weight a few years back), but I finally found an affordable seamstress in town! She just took in my dress for my twin brother's upcoming wedding. Next I need her to hem my bridesmaid dress for December. And then I'll start prioritizing all my other clothes to get taken in. :D

Kristine said...

Ugh, I feel I live out of plastic tubs. Oh, wait. I do. I take up two closets, complete with dressers in the closets... and tubs of clothing! I swear I go through my clothes and donate them all the time though! Clearly not enough...

Brianne Bracco said...

Great tips for a closet clean out! I use the same rule of, if I didn't wear it the season before, then I donate. And with a $100 to Jcrew, there is an embellished sweatshirt that keeps winking at me to come home to my closet. ;)

Because of Jackie said...

Love this! I just cleaned my closet out and it felt so good. I did the same thing as you, I looked and if I hadn't worn it all last season I gave it away. It helped me figure out that I was holding on to for a "maybe" wear, and what was just taking up space.

Rebekah @ Blue Giraffes and Concrete Jungles said...

I just did some closet cleaning- I'm the worst at hanging on to things I haven't in years. I try to pull when I switch my clothes out for the seasons too. And I just signed up with Twice (www.liketwice.com) to try and sell some things! And for giveaway I would definitely get some basic sweaters from J.Crew- cozy and pair well with anything!

alyssa said...

I go by the "three ways to wear it" rule too, both when shopping and cleaning out my closet. We've all had those pieces we can only wear with one other thing and so it gets worn like three times a year. Gotta be ruthless sometimes!

Cynthia Gaarder said...

Fall Pants maybe some skinny jeans and jeggings for under my boots

Cynthia Gaarder said...

Fall Pants maybe some skinny jeans and jeggings for under my boots

Jennifer said...

So much cute items...not sure what I'd buy!! Love everything they have for the new fall collection.

Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

This reminds me that I definitely need to clean out my closet SOON! That being said... with a little money to J.Crew, I'd definitely buy a sweater :-)

Elise Nicole said...

I would buy a great necklace and a fun dress!

callie ;) said...

if you ever decide to get rid of any of your theta nu hoodies, you can just send them right over to me. i donated all mine at senior rec, and now i kinda wish i still had one. haha. :)

callie ;) said...

also, i didn't realize there was a prompt for the comment - but i have a 16 item wishlist on the j. crew factory site right now, so i honestly can't tell you what i'd buy. probably the olive green quilted vest!

Ericka said...

I need to clean out my closets so bad! Hard to find the motivation. If I won the JCrew gift card I would get some much needed new work clothes!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

This is on my to-do list this week--much needed!

Erin LFF said...

As soon as I get a day off (what is that, btw?!) our closets are getting purged.... again! LOL! I really want/need some skinny black work pants and I've been eyeing the ones at jC!

Jenn @ hellorigby! said...

I would put it towards a coat, thanks for the giveaway!

My heart is here said...

I would buy new shoes!

V @ X-tremely V said...

I would so pick up a new puffer vest! Dying for the camo one :)

Carla Shiver said...

I would get a donegal wool sweater for my fiance.

Sarah said...

Go you!! I've been cleaning out a lot too and it feels so good!
Selling clothes on eBay and ThredUp have become my new obsession!

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