T&T Closet Edit Tips
You have a closet bursting at the seams (no pun intended) yet nothing brings you joy. Every time you go to get dressed, all you see are clothes that are tired, boring, outdated, and no longer fit. It is time to edit! The biggest hurdle we all face in this process is guilt. We mentally start tallying the amount we’ve spent and feel foolish and wasteful.
“That Vince sweater was $275!”
“I only wore those $100 Sam Edelman shoes once for New Year’s Eve.”
“Those Louboutins kill me, but they were $800.”
“Grandma bought those Steve Madden booties for me, so I can’t give them away.”
“That green cashmere sweater comes in handy on St. Patrick’s Day. I will wear it then!”
If you relate to even one of the above thoughts, it is time to clean out. Those Louboutins will never be comfortable, you’ll forget to wear that green sweater the one day of the year it comes in handy, and your grandmother does not want you to be a hoarder. Why did you decide to spend $500 on Dolce & Gabbana aviators in Barcelona? We will never know, but it’s time to get over it and start making money!
So how do you even begin?
You won’t like what I’m about to say, but you have to take everything out of your closet and try each item on.
If that’s too daunting, pick a section of your closet or category. For example, start with your shoes.
Make three piles- Sell, Donate, Keep
From there, you have to be ruthless. If you half ass this, you’re wasting your time.
Does it itch?
Is it too big, too small, too short etc.?
Do you feel unattractive in it?
Do you try it on again and again and never actually leave the house in it?
Did you go an entire season and not wear it?
Does it have a sports/sorority/marathon/college/ promotional logo on it? (If you are over 22 you don’t need these; at the very least, you don’t need 45 of them)
Does your lifestyle still require that type of clothing (i.e. suits and you now work as an artist?)
If you’re struggling to let go of clothes, try a trick I use. Make a fourth pile of “maybe” clothes. Clothes you’re convinced you may need down the road (anything from black tie to old yoga pants you think you may need if you paint your house). Put them in a bag and put a 3 month reminder in your phone. If you haven’t once gone for anything in that bag or even thought of them at the end of the 3 months, it’s time to let them go.
List your clothes to sell on Poshmark, Tradesy, or Ebay etc.
BE PATIENT. You cannot expect to sell your Chanel flats for $500 or Old Navy jeans for $20 in a day. Unless you list your Old Navy jeans for $7 and your Chanel flats for $150, you may have to wait a bit. Take all the items you list in a plastic bin and put them in your basement, garage, or under your bed. (Don’t be like me and put them in 12 different places. This will result in you tearing your home apart looking for a $20 sweater!) Once you have everything tucked away, prepare for a delight when you are out running errands and get an email that something has sold. You’d be shocked at the nonsense I’ve sold, so no harm in putting things up and seeing if they sell.
My closet is a revolving door. I always say “if it’s not nailed down, I will sell it.” My friends think I am absolutely insane selling things I am still wearing and enjoying. My approach is this: I will list any item at a price that I am willing to part with it. For example, my Chanel mini square is listed on Poshmark for $4,200. That is way above retail, so highly unlikely that someone will buy it, but if they do, I will gladly let it go for that price. Of course, do not do this with your grandmother’s emerald ring, which is irreplaceable, but for items you know you can find again I encourage you to do it! It makes your closet fresh and allows you to continue to shop! I’ve bought and sold the same Jimmy Choo Lange heels three times and made money each time.
Don’t forget to list your designers boxes, shopping bags and dust bags. They sell!
Take your donate piles and bring the clothes to your local charity/thrift shop. Depending on the organization, they may even come pick up the clothes at your home. Please, please do not throw them away. There are so many people who need clothes and would gladly take your worn out, 10 year old True Religion Jeans or your high school Talbots sweater.
For the pieces that make the cut, put them in a place where you’ll easily be able to see everything. I am certainly guilty of wearing the same 5 things, but try to make a point of wearing pieces that get pushed further back in the closet. Often those are the pieces that I get compliments on!
If you have any great investment pieces, family pieces etc. that fit a little funny, find a good local tailor to hem, stitch, shorten etc.
Keep your clothes clean! Unfortunately, moths love cashmere and are attracted to the smell of human body odor (sorry, it’s true.) So be sure to hand wash/dry clean your wools/cashmere and don’t put your dirty jeans back in the closet again and again. They will not help your cause!
Repeat this process every 3-6 months. I am constantly listing items to sell as I see them, but if it is more daunting for you, you can do this process when you swap out winter-summer clothes. I cannot stress enough how liberating this process will be once you get the hang of it. You will no longer be drowning in things you don’t want and start to relish in the money you can make! That money can be put towards more worthy investments from paying off your student loans, to a dream vacation to Asia, to a Chanel bag.