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Closet Cleaning … Letting Old Friends Go for NEW Ones

Spring Closet Cleaning - Dayton, Ohio - Pi Style Boutique


We’ve all been there before: You have tons of clothes, but you don’t feel like you have anything to wear! In the spirit of spring-cleaning, use these helpful tips to part ways with some of your oldies but not-so-goodies!

  • Ask questions / Grade your closet
    • Think about your current style and ask yourself, “Is this even ‘me’ anymore?” If you are classic and preppy, it might be time to trade in your alma mater hoodies for a more polished look.
    • The first step toward a clutter-free closet filled with clothes you love is to try everything on. This will help you analyze how you look in the garment, not just how it looks on the hanger. Do the color, fabric and cut express your style or if it’s a trendy piece does it just really need to go?
  • Make a Rule / Store Sentimental Items / Determine what should Go
    • If you haven’t worn something in two or three years, make the rule and get rid of it! Unless it is a wedding dress, a black-tie gown or your most favorite leather coat it needs to find a new home.
    • If it’s an heirloom piece with sentimental value that you feel could be passed down, keep it but take it out of your closet and place it in a storage bin somewhere safe.
    • If it’s ‘pilling’, worn, torn, missing buttons or broken zippers and you haven’t made effort to repair it then it’s time to let it go.
    • Also, if it still has tags on it and you’ve never worn it, you never will!
    • At this point, you’ll know which items you wear most often and feel confident in.
  • Arrange with ease / Place like with like / Clean with a friend
    • Now that you know which types of clothing flatter you and make you feel your best, it’s time to take inventory of exactly what you have. Placing like with like items. For instance, put all pants together, all tops together, all dresses together, and then in order of color, light to dark.
    • Organizing will add structure and ultimately will help you build your outfits when its time to dress.
    • Then, create best-of lists for each category of clothing. Pick your top 10 of each item—pants, tops, skirts, and dresses. Most likely if it’s not a top pick, you’ll probably never wear the rest. Let them go.
    • There’s nothing like third-party perspective to shed light on the cleaning process. Plus, a good friend will be brutally honest.
  • See What you Wear / Shop Your Closet
    • Some people really may not have an afternoon to go through the purging process so I recommend: Flip all of your hangers one direction and as you wear pieces, turn the hanger around. At the end of 30 days, remove pieces that are facing the original direction.
    • As you categorize your clothing options take time to discover new possibilities. Check that you have a top that goes with each of your basic bottoms, in terms of color, pattern, sleeve length, and fabric weight. Pants and skirts that have up to five or six top options are giving you the best bang for the buck. Look for new ways to match your items and make what you already have, look new and fresh.
    • If you notice you’re lacking some staples—like button-down shirts or basic tees—make a list of what you need more of to complete your wardrobe. More on this later! 
  • Reap your Profits
    • And now it’s time to see if you can cash in on all your hard work. For pricey, barely worn or vintage pieces, selling on consignment is a great way to earn some income for your discards. “To maximize your earnings, items should be like new, still in style or a classic style, and clothing should be clean and pressed on hangers. Don’t get attached to dollar signs or question “How much am I going to get?” These are clothes that are just hanging around or you will never wear again. Don’t think about how much you paid but rather be open to the fact that you’re going to get something for them.
    • There are tons of online sites to list your gently worn items. Klury.com, an online store for designer duds, is great because they send prepaid shipping labels and pay quickly.  Swapstyle.com is a site where you can trade with other users. For lesser know designer brands, you may list them on Poshmark.com, Threadflip.com, and Vinted.com and you’ll get about 80% of the sale price. My daughter’s favorite is Poshmark. She literally has her entire closet listed at any given time. She sells one or two items a week and now shops consignment shops for those lesser know designer labels that she can wear a few times while they are listed and actually make some nice profits!
    • Lastly, donate, donate, donate! We have a terrific organization in Dayton called “Clothes That Work”. Goodwill and the Salvation Army are also great causes to donate your gently worn items. And be sure to gather those receipts for tax purposes and you may be able to cash in during tax season. 
  • Restock Only What You Need / Improve Your Quality / Raise You Bar
    • Now that your spring-cleaning is done, don’t fall into the same traps of re-cluttering your space. Once you’ve pared down your closet to your most-perfect pieces, the biggest temptation is to run out and spend a ton to fill the holes you’ve created. Instead, its time to get more organized before you buy. Make a conscious list of what you need and not what you find on sale. Sale items aren’t much of a sale if you never wear them.
    • But remember, there can be too much of a good thing: We all tend to buy “That One Thing That Looks Good on Us” over and over again. Avoid this by keeping a solid list of the items you may have abundance of, such as black dresses or white shirts, so you’ll stop buying repeats of what you already own.
    • Remember the more organized you are the more likely you can justify those “investment” pieces in your wardrobe. You can then purchase the more expensive black pumps or maybe splurge on a designer winter coat.
    • Upgrade to wooden or cloths hangers. They are gentler on your garments and while you’re trading out your old wire ones, you can really see exactly what you have!
    • Now that you’ve uncluttered, it’s time to restructure your closet to maximize the space. One way is by simply raising your clothing rod (and, thus, your clothing) higher so you have more room on the floor for a dresser, or adding a second rod to create double the hanging space.



Danielle Fritz

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