Something about the beginning of fall makes me want to organize ALL of the things. My closet being one of them, the biggest one of them, actually.
I've always been a hoarder of clothes. I attach memories to things (but I was wearing this when I got engaged...) and despite not wearing some things for 7 years, I continue to hold onto them 'just in case'. But when we moved into our house last fall, I knew something had to change. Half of the clothes I was packing up, hauling two states over, and unpacking - I never even wore. It was a waste of closet space, my energy going through them every morning and even a waste of money that I could get for those pieces that sat untouched for years.
Once we were finally settled in the house, I did a giant closet purge. I was ruthless with myself and while it was hard to let go of some things, it felt gooood once it was over. So much so that now I do a closet purge at the beginning of every new season!
Here are a few questions I ask myself when deciding what to keep and what to toss:
Does it fit? Is it damaged at all?
Have I worn this in the past year?
Can I remember the last time I wore this?
Is this item currently in style, or fit with my personal style?
Would I buy it right now I were out shopping?
If you answer 'no' to any of these questions - out it goes. And I don't literally mean TOSSING all of the pieces you don't want anymore in the trash. You can sell or donate, but you should throw out those items that are stained, torn or pretty much falling apart (old pajamas I'm talking about you).
My go to for selling my clothes is Plato's Closet, or any similar re-sale shop. I know lots of people complain that they don't give you anything close to what things are worth, but it's all about the convenience factor for me. I like being able to just drop bags of stuff off and come back and collect my cash, no matter how much it may be.
Another option is taking things online. Poshmark is all the rage right now - create an account, take photos, list your pieces and when they sell, you ship them out. But honestly, I'm too lazy for all of that. Especially the stopping at the post office part - I despise that place! They also take 20% commission on products that sell, so for higher value items, it's worth it to go the Ebay route.
Anything that doesn't sell at Plato's Closet for me, goes straight to Goodwill or The Salvation Army. I've never personally used any of these, but there are other organizations that take specific clothing. For instance, Dress for Success takes any gently used, clean work clothing to provide for disadvantaged women. The Cinderella Project is another one that takes prom or bridesmaid dresses for young women that may not be able to afford them. Local women's shelters are always in need of clothing, too.
Other things that make the big 'clean out' easier are fun music (duh), having three trash bags - a donate, sell, and toss - and making sure to start the project ONLY when you have enough time to finish it.
And one final thing while we're talking about closets ;) Last fall, I switched all of my hangers over to these ones and what a difference it has made! They take up so much less space than traditional hangers, don't leave those ugly 'hanger bumps', and nothing slips off of them. Worth the money.
So go forth and clean out those closets this weekend! You'll be glad you did!