It’s the beginning of a new year, a time where many people hit the reset button on their lives and start fresh. Anything can happen this new year. The new year is a start of new beginnings or a time to purge bad habits. For me, it's a time to reflect on the past year and challenge myself to do better or try something new. It’s also a time to cleanse. Most people do their “Spring Cleaning” in the spring, but I do mine at the beginning of the new year. I like to purge all the junk I don't need in the new year and start fresh.
One of the biggest cleansing I do in the beginning of the new year is clean out my closet. Cleaning my closet is one of the most challenging tasks on my list for the new year, but a task, I feel, that is completely necessary. As a fashionista I accumulate many fashion items throughout the year. It is important to take the time to reevaluate my wardrobe and purge old trends and things I don't wear to make room and take stock of the things I need. Here are a few tips and tricks I picked up for cleaning out my wardrobe and wanted to share them with you so that you can enter this new year with a fabulous full wardrobe with pieces you love and need.
This is a tip that I have read in many fashion magazines and is completely effective. When going into your closet you turn all the hangers the other way around and after about 6 months the hangers that are still left in the opposite direction represent the pieces you don't wear and therefore must be purged.
Doing your own “No Spend” month. In November I did a whole month of styling outfits with pieces I already own. This was an eye opening experience for me when it came to my wardrobe. I discovered many pieces I never wore and began making a list of pieces I really needed. A good example of something I discovered, I don't own a simple white button down. Probably the most basic piece in a wardrobe and I don't own one. After my “No Spend November” I had two bags full to donate to Goodwill.
We discussed hung items but what about the folded items. In my closet I have shelves of folded sweaters and tees and in my armoire I have drawers full of jeans, sweats, and intimate apparel. With my folded items I go through each drawer or shelf and make three piles. My “KEEP” pile, “PURGE” pile, and my “MAYBE” pile. It’s kind of like that scene from the Sex in the City movie where Carrie cleans out her closet. I go through each piece putting it in its respective pile. With the “MAYBE” pile I leave that out and if I don’t wear it in the next six months I purge it.
Once your closet is clean your left with a pile of discarded clothes that you no longer need or want and what do you do with them then? There are two options I have, I either sell them or donate them. If there gently used basic items I donate them to my local Goodwill or Salvation Army. You can go online to these websites and schedule a pick up day and time for your items it's easy and simple and they do all the heavy lifting. They also leave you a tax right off slip that is an extra bonus during tax time.
Selling is another option. I sell items in two different ways. If my items are brand names like American Eagle, J. Crew, or Old Navy I sell them to my local Plato’s closet. A word of advice when selling to Plato’s, you get more for items that are in season.For example, in the middle of winter you will get more money for jeans and sweaters than you would for tanks and shorts. You may have to save your warm weather pieces to sell in the summer months.The second place I sell items is Poshmark. It’s an app where you can buy and sell fashion items. I use this app to sell some of my more expensive items. Designer pieces such as handbags, shoes, and premium denim I no longer need. With this app you can get more for your pieces than you would at Plato’s closet that’s why I reserve it for my more pricier pieces. The best part of selling online or at Plato’s closet is you get money back to invest in updating your wardrobe. It’s a win, win!!
I hope my tips and tricks for closet cleansing helps you clean and update your wardrobe for 2017. Remember if you need any help or advice when cleaning or updating your wardrobe feel free to message me and I’ll be glad to help. Also look for me on Poshmark @apiotrkowski.