This post is brought to you by VarageSale.com, but this post is all me, Serena. 🙂
I freakin’ love this time of year, don’t you?
Something about the change in season makes me want to start over, start fresh.
I recently listened to an audiobook called Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.
And even though I’ve always known that we wear only 20% of our clothes 80% of the time, it wasn’t until I read that book that I wanted to set fire to the 80% that was bearing down on my closet.
Well…..not quite set fire, because I’m not a violent person. 🙂
But you know what I mean–just get rid of stuff!
You know that I got rid of a bunch of stuff in my garage since I’m working on the garage for my “Make It Happen” March Challenge.
But now, that “essentialism” is seeping into my closets.
And spring time is the best time to put essentialism into action.
I’ve started the closet clean-out process for my family, and I’m going to give VarageSale another go to see if I can successfully sell some of that 80% of clothing to my local community!
So I thought I would put together a list of 5 tips for spring cleaning your closet!
5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Closet
TIP #1: Channel Your Inner “Elsa”
Yep…..let it go. Why in the world do we hang on to clothes? Well, because we paid a crap-load of money for it… because we think we can still fit it one day… and sometimes, because it has sentimental value.
I totally get the sentimental value (after all, I still have one sock from a pair of University of Maryland College Park socks that hubby gave me 20 years ago when we met in college. HA! It’s got holes and everything, but I cannot let that sock go).
But if you’re just keeping stuff because you paid “good money” for it, but you know you’ll never fit it or wear it again–dude, it’s time to just let it go!
TIP #2: Do It Behind Your Family’s Back
I don’t know about your spouse….but mine?? Don’t let him see me getting rid of something “good.” He will snatch it up and put it in the “safe” pile or hang it back in the closet and try to convince me why I should keep it.
Same with my kids. If they see me try to get rid of stuff, they sneak into the pile and take it back (mostly with toys!).
You’ve got to do your closet clean-outs behind their back. Wait until they’ve all left the house and you’ve feigned sickness at home. Knock out your cleaning then. LOL
TIP #3: Skip the Fashion Show
The most fun and frustration is trying on your clothes and having a fashion show. But don’t do it! The reason why is because you’ll waste time convincing yourself you can still wear X, Y, and Z.
Or you’ve gained weight and can’t even fit half the stuff, so you’ll walk away feeling fat and bloated.
Save yourself the hassle. Just make a pile for the things you know you can’t part with (like that holey sock that hubby gave me freshman year in college), and make a pile of other things that you’ll either donate, give to friends, or sell.
TIP #4: Ask Yourself: “Would I Buy This Again??”
I’m sure holey jeans are fashionable. I just have no desire to wear them. Too trendy for me. And too holey. LOL. But at once point, I thought those jeans were hot enough to purchase.
Ask yourself if you would buy that item again. If you wouldn’t, pitch it in the donate or sell pile!
TIP #5: Get It Sold With VarageSale.com
VarageSale is an easy-to-use site that connects local communities so they can sell to each other. It literally takes seconds to snap a picture of something and list it within the app, and wait for someone in your community to click “Interested” in buying your stuff! The app can be downloaded for Apple and it can be downloaded for Android, too.
To get the best results with VarageSale, be sure that you:
- Take crisp, quality pictures. No one wants to buy things that look crappy and blurry in the pic!
- Keep your prices low. VarageSale stands for virtual garage sale. And what do people at garage sales expect? A cheap deal. It’s not going to be any different online. Your prices have to be reasonable or no one’s buying, my friend.
- Only list things that are quality stuff. Sorry, but the holey t-shirt or the kid’s shoes all scuffed and dirty–nope–no one’s buying that!
So there you have my 5 simple tips for cleaning your closets this spring!
I know it’s painful to give away stuff you never wear, or stuff that has potential to be worn again. But don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’ll one day magically start wearing it. It’s okay to get rid of it!
Trust me….You’ll feel lighter as soon as you do.
So what are your best tips for spring cleaning your closets?? Leave your tip below and let’s chat about it!
Special thanks to VarageSale for sponsoring my 5 spring cleaning tips, which helps to make this blog possible! 🙂