Closet Cleanout

Warm weather arrives in Boston so much later than I would prefer.  It gets here so late that Spring tends to produce more snow showers than rain.  But the warmth is finally here to stay.  Finally.  (I say all this and its raining and cold today).  I’m a confessed shopaholic and have been since the ripe age of four.  My passion took a brief hiatus from the ages of 7-12 when I exclusively wore ripped jeans, zip-up chenille sweaters, and t-shirts that bore puns like “Cinderella goes to to ball…and takes it to the goal.”

full disclosure: my closet looks nothing like this

But since then, the only way I have prevented my closet from exploding over the years is by cleaning it out at the turn of every season.  I only keep the items that I really love or need  (here’s to hoping I no longer need my “college-party-flats” that can withstand a night of dancing in a half-inch of beer).  Below is my guide to cleaning out a closet upon the arrival of a new season.

First, sort through clothes as they come out of the closet.

  1. If I didn’t wear it this past winter, I won’t wear it next winter.
  2. Don’t keep multiple articles of clothing that serve the same purpose.  Nobody needs 6 navy blue cardigans. Nobody.

Second, sort through the upcoming season’s clothes before they make it into the closet.

  1. Don’t put dirty clothes into a fresh season’s closet. (My espadrilles have a half-inch much stain on the bottom…they will be missed)
  2. Can I swap something out? Consider consignment!

Consignment is an awesome option when cleaning out your closet.  I like to swap out items from my closet that I know I’m going to want to replace in the new season.  That really cute dress that you wore on every date last spring and summer and just can’t wear anymore?  As long as it’s still in good condition, consign it and put the cash towards something new!  Just remember that a) you might have to make an appointment with your local store, b) there is typically a consignment minimum of around 3 pieces, and c) if your item sells you will likely receive payment at the end of the month.


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