7 Questions to Ask When Cleaning Out Your Closet
A couple of days ago, we talked about 8 tips to help you develop your personal style. One of those tips was cleaning your closet. Today, we will teach 7 questions to ask yourself when you are doubting about keeping any particular garments.
First things first. Clear time in your schedule to really get down to the nitty-gritty of purging what you no longer wear. Dedicate a hefty chunk of the day to go through every single item in your wardrobe, while keeping in mind you will need additional time for the follow-up duties (e.g., driving to the post office to mail out packages or dropping off bags brimming with clothing at a local charity). Or, if the idea of tackling everything in one go is overwhelming: use the divide and conquer method. Sort through your shoes one day, followed by tops and outerwear the following weekend.
As you scrutinize each piece, ask yourself the 7 following questions:
1. Does this fit?
2. Have I worn this in the last year?
3. Is it likely I will ever wear this again?
4. Is this currently in style, and/or does this still accurately represent my style?
5. If this is damaged in any way (e.g., piling, rips, stains, missing buttons, broken zippers, fading, etc.), will I actually make the effort to get this repaired in the near future?
6. If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?
7. And most importantly: Do I feel confident when I wear this?
If you answer a firm “no” to any of the above, it’s time to say sayonara and decide whether to sell, donate, swap, or toss the item.
OPTION 1: SELL
When balling on a budget, it’s typically not financially possible to get rid of a mass amount of clothing and shoes and then immediately purchase brand new replacements (alas, a girl can only dream). Particularly when the items in question are still in style, brand new, or just gently used, selling through a third party business is a way to make profit with ease.
Your classic route for sellings goods is eBay. Simply list your items, ship them out to buyers when sold, and then earn money or credit toward your own on-site purchases.
OPTION 2: DONATE
Donating is caring. Always consider donating unwated items that area still in good condition to those who could truly use them.
There are many worthy, not-for-profit institutions that appreciate your help.
OPTION 3: SWAP
Swapping can be a fun social experience. Play hostess for a swapping party of making one girl's "trash" into another's treasure. It’s enjoyable to see how something that no longer strikes your fancy can make someone else ecstatic with retail-induced delight.
OPTION 4: TRASH
This option hardly warrants an explanation. Nevertheless, think of it this way: If you personally would not want the item due to substantial tears, stains or scuffs, throw the item in the trash pile rather than the sell, donate or swap piles. However, if a broken zipper or a missing button is behind the deliberation, consider getting the minor flaw corrected and then weigh out all of your options once more.
Now is the time to take action and clean your closet.
Take care and always distinguish yourself
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