With summer nearly over, it’s now the best time to go through your wardrobe and clean-out any unnecessary items.
You know the pieces we’re talking about; clubbing dresses, tops that don’t fit anymore, and lets not even mention those shoes you haven’t worn in years. We show you some simple steps if you’re looking to keep, toss, or sell your clothes.
DO: Try everything on
Lets just get this painful truth out of the way, sometimes clothes don’t fit like they used to. Especially if you’re sorting through the clothes you once wore clubbing at 19. If you’re considering keeping that bandage dress, make sure to try it on first.
DON’T: Go it alone
Remember what Carrie did when she broke up with Big? Invited the entire gang over to her apartment to cull through her closet (margaritas aren’t essential, but kind of necessary). Your friends will be brutally honest with you, and the process won’t feel too daunting.
DO: Distinguish between throw and give
Just because an item isn’t up to your standards, doesn’t mean that you should be giving it away. If you are prepared to donate your clothes to someone else, at least make sure they are in good condition. Throw away any items which are ripped, soiled, or even stained.
DON’T: Keep things for a rainy day
‘I’ll wear this when I lose weight’
How many times have you said this clichéd line to yourself? Bite the bullet and just remove the item from your life altogether. Odds are, it’s probably creating more than half of the clutter in the first place. And think of all the new items you can buy (and wear right now!).
DO: Abide by the 1 year rule
If you haven’t worn an item of clothing in more than one year, then you probably never will. This can be especially painful if your item is still intact with the original sales price…
DON’T: Hold onto damaged items
While it might seem insane to throw away a $500 pair of shoes, you probably wouldn’t wear them if they’re damaged. Re-sole your shoes if possible, and invest in a good suede and leather cleaner. Prevention, people!
DO: Sell your items
Classic pieces such as designer bags, clothes, shoes, and accessories can also be sold for a profit. Make sure you include all authenticity cards, and take many pictures of the item in daylight. It’s also a given that nobody wants to purchase a fake or fraudulent copy, so be honest in your listing.
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