Realistic Tips for Cleaning Out Your Closet

A couple of months ago I realized that I was in dire need of a closet makeover. I finally stopped ignoring that fact when one of my closet fixtures broke down because it couldn’t handle any more clothes. I don’t know about you, but I’m not dating Kanye West so I won’t welcome a stylist to clean out my closet and fill myracks with the latest designer clothes.

So, after filling many trash bags, I have created a list that can help you clean out your closet without any mental breakdowns.

1. Keep the basics: It’s important to keep the clothes that can be used for years to come. Some clothes never go out of style and can be spruced upw ith a little styling. Keeping a crisp, white button down shirt is more logical than keeping a Von Dutch Trucker Hat that was popular when Paris Hilton was relevant.

2. Think about how your life has changed, and how your clothes should reflect that: If you’re over hitting the club everyday, let go of all those cheap bodycon dresses and buy a nice cocktail dress that will give you more confidence and less of a skin rash.

3. Be honest about your fitness goals: Is it just me, or do most of us keep clothes that will fit us if we lose 20 pounds? Keep the clothes that will inspire you to stay in shape and chuck the clothes that probably won’t fit anymore (hello, high school jeans). Be realistic about your body and what you want it to look like.

4. Donating and selling: There are a lot of organizations that need clothes and you should be directing most of your garments to them, but there is no shame in selling some of your higher quality garments. I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel very comfortable donating my skanky club dresses to an orphanage. Apps like Depop,Tradesy and Poshmark give you a platform for selling clothes online.

Cleaning out your closet is a daunting task, but you know what it really means? Space for new clothes.

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