Conquering The Closet
Ever since we moved, I’ve been in the mood to purge my closet cleanse my entire lifestyle. I quickly realized while packing and moving that I have entirely too many belongings (read: I have way too much useless shit that does not benefit my life). But there’s also something about the start of a new season that makes me want to organize and clean ALL THE THINGS.
Our new closet is about 10 times bigger than our last one but it’s funny how that extra room seems to disappear the longer you live there. I keep joking that the more room I have the more clothes I can get…But in all reality, I need to purge and get rid of clothes that haven’t been worn in, literally, years. It has been several years since I’ve purged and the more I dig around my bags of clothes the more items I find that were from my high school days (7+ years ago). I’ve always been the type that would hold onto clothes “just in case” I want to wear that someday or “I might fit back into those jeans someday”. I used to be terrible when it came to buying jeans, I would literally buy a pair of jeans that were a size (maybe 2) too small to try to motivate myself into losing weight. (haha!) This has resulted in 6 or 7 pairs of jeans that still have tags hanging on them.
I am doing this in steps, baby steps.
Conquering the closet Questions:
A few questions I’ve been asking myself while purging:
- On a scale of basic bitch to Beyoncé, how confident do I feel when I wear this?
- Is this item a classic; can it be worn year and year again?
- Have I worn this in the last 6 months?
- Does this item fit my personal style?
- Would I buy this right now if I were shopping?
- Is it damaged? If so, can it be fixed? If so, are you actually going to take the time to have it fixed?
If I’ve answered “no” to any of the questions above, I place it in 1 of 2 piles. The first is a pile for Momma J. If it is too small for me, it will likely fit her. The second is a pile for donation. Once Momma J goes through her pile, whatever she doesn’t want likely goes to my little sister, donation or Plato’s Closet.
If you want to make a little cash back off of your used clothes, Plato’s Closet is a great choice. If you have a lot of clothes to get rid of, make sure to take your mom, sister or friend with you and each submit half (or even a 1/3 each) of your pile. I think we came to the conclusion that they can’t pay you more than $100 without a Manager’s approval per person. So if they want all of your clothes but can’t go over that $100 threshold they have to offer you lower amounts per piece. But if you and your mom/friend take in half each, then the likeliness of you getting more cash back is a lot higher. The last time I took clothes in they bought everything I took in and gave me a check for like $99.xx, so next time we’re splitting the pile to see if the payout is higher! :)
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How do you clean your closet or prepare for the next season?