6th March 2013
Happy Wednesday! Intern Gabi (who I finally met this week face-to-face for the first time! No surprise – she was super great) is here to explain why you guys really, like, really, need to clean out your closet.
Take it away Gabi..
Spring cleaning is a role traditionally reserved for the woman of the house. The wife cleans her husband’s closet, the mother cleans her son’s, and maybe the girlfriend cleans her boyfriend’s closet and it leads to a huge fight because she throws out the only remaining memorabilia of his high school garage band that lasted exactly one fortnight.
A closet every mother would love á la Doug Funnie
So maybe to save yourself from heartbreak and your lady from the extra work, you should learn to clean it out yourself. You don’t lose any of your favorite things, and she has one less thing that she can say she did for you that you were ungrateful for. Sounds like a win-win to me.
The first step is to decide what you will discard.
Get rid of anything….
1. you haven’t worn in the past year
If there are things in your closet that haven’t been touched other than moving them out of the way, maybe you should move them out of the way for good. Even if it still has the price tag on it, if you haven’t worn it yet, you probably aren’t going to wear it in the future. The exception to this rule is clothing reserved for special occasions, because you’re just not going to wear that as much as your other clothing, so you might as well hang on to it.
2. that doesn’t fit
Plain and simple, YOU KNOW what does not fit you. If you don’t know if it still fits, try it on. Don’t lie to yourself, if its too tight because you gained a few pounds, or too tight because you lost a few, get rid of it and treat yourself to something that fits you NOW. If you reallly don’t want to part with it, bring it to a tailor and see if they can make it work.
3. that is damaged goods
This means anything discolored, faded, stained or holey. It’s past its prime, and you shouldn’t want to be seen wearing it.
The next step is to decide HOW you will get rid of this stuff.
Your options are…
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a hoarder, so I need a good reason to part with literally ANYTHING. And every piece of clothing I have has some minute sentimental value, so you can imagine how hard it is for me to clean out my closet. Getting paid for my clothes makes me feel better about losing a part of me, because I justify it by saying I will spend that money on new parts of me. I like to think that line of thinking is very shui of me (SG note: I have no idea what that means, so I guess Gabi is much more shui than me?).
So how do you determine what you can sell? If it still has tags on it, if it was only worn a few times or wasn’t worn at all, if it’s a well-known brand and if you bought it in the last two years, there is a good chance the store will take it. Check out stores like Plato’s Closet or any local secondhand or thrift stores. Each store has their own guidelines, but the worst case scenario is that they’ll pass on it. And if that happens, that’s more things that you can potentially…
Get the good vibes by giving your clothes that are still in pretty good condition to someone who needs them. Anything that you think was worth selling is DEFINITELY worth donating. You can add a few more things to this pile, like maybe your bootcut jeans that have extra whiskering from wear. As long as the button and zipper work, they will be of help to someone else.
3. THROW OUT
This is for all things that fell into category 3 above: holey, stained, and faded. This is also for underwear, because second-hand underwear is not something that should exist.
If you have a copious amount of clothing left that you can’t bear to get rid of due to its sentimental value, consider making a craft out of it. Make a t-shirt quilt, a pillow cover, frame it – the possibilities are endless. But if you aren’t really willing to do that, there isn’t really a good reason to let them sit in mothballs. Like Andy and his toys in Toy Story, the right thing to do is to let them go.
Who does the spring cleaning in your house? Have any tips to add?