Each time I visit my parents’ home, I am asked to vacate one more thing out of my once-cherished bedroom. Truth is, I have not lived at home for four years, so I do understand the need, but with limited storage in my little city apartment, my options for what to do with these items are semi-limited. While I was home over Memorial Day Weekend, I decided to clean out the final bit of clothing in the back of my closet (which has since been 85% been taken over by my very stylish mother). It was either that, or emptying out my old pre-teen novel collection, and I was not ready for that step.
While I thought the task would be horrible, I actually finished preeeeetty pleased. I know this process can be a daunting struggle in the minds of women, so, just case you need that little push to start working on your closet, here are a few reasons why you’ll be super happy you did it.
1. More to sell: I am addicted to Poshmark and have sold quite a few things on there. Poshmark, is a very easy-to-use app that lets you take pictures of your clothes, write a short description, and pick your own price. Posh takes 20% of the sale but sends you a shipping label. (I obviously have a new member code for a $5 credit: HDQTS) Turns out I had a bunch of formal dresses stashed in the back of my closet that are perfect for Posh. Cha-ching.
2. “New clothes!”: Shopping your own closet is great, but shopping a closet of things you didn’t know you had anymore is amazing. Tops that I wore under snazzy cropped cardigans will be repurposed with high waisted jeans. Shirt dresses will be bleached or dyed to create a crisp new look. We’re talking a whole new second life for these babies. The possibilities are endless.
3. A confidence boost: There is nothing (literally – not many things here!) quite like the feeling of pulling out something you wore when you were 17 years old (also: wow, I am old) and being able to pull up the zipper. I did not expect to be saving my prom dresses, but after trying them on, I might be able to give them (specifically this one) a few more wears.
4. You can now own your own “house dress”: Okay . . . stay with me here. There are times when I am frolicking around my apartment, and I want something over my legs, but I do not want to be wearing pants (hoping at least some of you are following …). This conundrum is solved with the help of my spaghetti strap, Pac Sun originated dresses that I could never possibly wear again: faux nightgown success.
5. Donations: After you’re done sorting through and salvaging what you can (and I don’t think I need to tell any of you this), remember to donate! Pick a cause that’s near and dear to you (like Career Wardrobe) or drop them off at your favorite thrift store. Remember to get your donation receipt for taxes!
Turns out, the extras in my closet at home that did make their way into my city closet fit in seamlessly. Did you unearth a gem in the back of your closet? Share, please! xx