Today’s post was written by Kym Laird, Current Boutique.
The end of the year can be tough on your closet (not to mention your wallet.) First, you haul out all your winter gear and must find places for summer clothes to live. Then it’s time to buy something to wear for your holiday party. Next, you unwrap a new cashmere sweater or scarf and before you know it your closet is a helpless bulging mess!
It’s no wonder that so many people are looking for tips on how to clean and declutter their closets for the New Year. How can you make the space you have work for you? And, what can you do with all the items you no longer want?
First, plan time to work on closet organization. If you keep leaving it for “when there’s time,” it will never happen. Put it in your calendar so that you know it’s coming up. Next, remember to have fun! Turn on some music, grab some wine and get ready to de-clutter! You can even recruit a friend to help keep you honest about the clothing you never wear.
What to Keep Vs. What to Toss
It’s time to ask yourself some hard questions! Being honest with yourself about how much you are using items in your closet will make it much easier to part with them. Getting rid of something expensive? Don’t simply donate – try consigning your piece and making a few dollars. If you are having a hard time parting with things, ask yourself:
- Does this fit my current body?
Don’t let clothing that no longer fits taunt you from the closet! If it’s been longer than you can remember since you fit into something too big or small, take the plunge and let it go! You should be proud of, and dress, the body you have now.
- Have I worn this in the last three months?
If you are looking at seasonably appropriate clothing that you haven’t worn ALL season – ask yourself why? Do you like the way you look in it? Is it comfortable? Is it your style? Don’t hang on to something that doesn’t bring you joy when you wear it. Even if an item was expensive or a gift it’s no reason to let it take up precious space. If you aren’t ever wearing it – it’s time to let it go!
- Does this item have damage that I can’t, or won’t repair?
How long have you been saying you will take that to the dry cleaner? Or get it altered? Too long? If you’ve been meaning to fix an item for more than a season, it likely means you won’t. Don’t beat yourself up over it – just make a commitment to clearing it out of your “to-do” list and out of your closet.
Move items directly off hangers or out of drawers into bags for donation or consignment. You can even host a clothing swap with you and your friends – what may no longer have value to you might be someone’s next gem!
Consigning Vs. Donating
Okay, so you’ve cleared your closet. But you now have so many items that are in great condition and you can’t use. Donating seems a shame…
These are the items you should consign! You can stop in to Current Boutique in Old Town Alexandria and we will talk you through the step-by-step process. Or you can visit CurrentBoutique.com to find out more about our locations in Alexandria, VA, Washington D.C., Bethesda, MD and Arlington, VA.
For items that are well-worn, outdated, stained or damage, it’s time to pass them on to a donation bin. Or, you can let us donate them for you! Any Current Boutique will gladly donate items we can’ accept as part of a consignment.
You may feel a sting of pain parting with your old clothes, but when you see your beautiful, tidy closet – you’ll be thrilled you did!