Spring Clean Your Wardrobe

Laura Cofrancesco

Okay maybe the whole house is a bit ambitious right now. Let's start with your closet. I mean it's not spring yet, right?
The best part about spring cleaning is not having a clean space, that's just an added bonus. Obviously the best part is the fact that you have an excuse to buy new stuff! You throw away all your old sweaters and dresses, like tossing your cares to the wind. And because you have so much extra space in your closet, you have no choice other than to fill it back up! Think beautiful petal pink blouses, sky blue skirts that tickle your legs in the breeze... ahhh spring. But first, it's time to attack that monster of a closet.
Goodbye, Winter. It wasn't nice knowing you. Okay, maybe just a little. But now we're sick of you. The cold days aren't completely behind us yet, so leave a few cold weather items out. Thick winter coats, fleece leggings, snow boots... Everything under that category can be packed away for next year.
Hello, Spring! Omg girl (yes spring is a girl) I missed you so much, like, I can't even! Dust off all your spring/ summer clothes and bring them out to play again!
These next few steps may be hard for some of you. You've gotten to know your clothes on a personal level. They're not just clothes; they're friends. You wore that caramel pair of peep-toe wedges on your first night of freedom after breaking up with Joe. That blue-grey pencil skirt gave you the confidence you needed on your first day of your big-girl job. Regardless, you must move on. It's better for both you and your clothes. Break up with them gently.
1. It's not you, it's me. You've become a different person since last year. You changed from edgy to sweet and dainty. So, those studded jeans don't fit your life anymore. It's all about floral dresses. Set aside any clothes that don't fit your personal style anymore.
2. You're not a good fit for me anymore. You have to be firm! If it doesn't fit, toss it. Don't tell yourself that you'll lose weight so you can wear it again. Really, how long have you been telling yourself that? Embrace the new you.
3. You're not my first choice anymore. You've been holding onto that strappy halter for years, but, honestly? You can't remember the last time you wore it. If this is the case, it's time for that article of clothing to leave. It's just taking up space for clothes that you'll actually wear.
4. You're maturing too fast for me. We all have that favorite pair of jeans or t-shirt you just can't part with. All you see are jeans that make your butt look fantastic, and a t-shirt that's the perfect go-to. Others see the beyond worn-in look, rips at the belt loops, yellowed under arms, and stretched out collar. Sadly, it's time for these pieces to R.I.P.
True story: I had an amazing pair of jeans I wore from eighth grade all the way to senior year of high school. I wore them so much the material got thin and ripped multiple times (belt loop, crotch, thigh) and each time I stitched them up. When they became too short for me I cut them into shorts. Now that's dedication. Don't be me. Throw the suckers away.
So now you have two piles: Keep and Throw Away. Except, stop! Don't throw them away! Unless they fall under number four, those can be shredded and burned for all I care. For the others you have options.
Host a clothing swap party! Plan a night with your friends where everyone brings their old closet to either swap, swell, or just give away. Serve up some yummy horderves, obviously wine, and get "shopping!"
Hand-Me-Downs! Maybe you have a younger relative or friend who could use some "new" clothes. Ask around!
Sell clothes to buy clothes! Stores like Plato's Closet and Uptown Cheapskate are ideal because you can sell your clothes to them. You have the option to choose straight cash or store credit so you can buy... even more clothes! Caution: They will only buy clothes that are lightly worn AND "in style." If your item has a tag still on, you're likely to get more money.
Have a yard sale! Why is this better than the above option? You can choose how much you want to charge for your clothes. Look online to see when giant yard sales are going on in your area (spaces are usually available for around $20 or less). You'll sell more at popular, crowded yard sales than tiny pop-up ones.
Goodwill it! Feeling lazy? Simply drop your clothes off at your nearest Goodwill or thrift shop. You'll feel better knowing your clothes won't go straight into the trash and someone else can get use out of them. One mans trash is another mans treasure!
On that note, it's time to get spring cleaning. You got this!

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