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Spring clean your closet with these 5 easy tips

Spring is here and you know what that means... Time for spring cleaning! A great place to start? Your closet. Getting rid of old clothing can be hard to do, but totally necessary. We've got five trusted rules to help you decide what is worth keeping and what isn't. 

1. Separate your clothing into 3 categories.

Every article of clothing you own should fall into one of these three categories: yes, no, or maybe. Yes is for clothing you wear often and definitely want to keep. No is for clothing that you know you don't want anymore. Maybe is for clothing you might not wear it often, but you aren't ready to let go.

2. Put any "maybes" out of sight for 6 months.

Take the clothing in your maybe category and put it in a box, on an empty shelf or anywhere you won't see it often. Set a reminder in your phone for 6 months from now. At that point, go through the clothes and reassess if you want to keep them or not. If you didn't think about or look for an item during the 6 months it was gone, get rid of it.

3. Part ways with anything ripped or stained beyond repair. 

It can be hard to let go of fashion you loved before it got stained. But if you've tried to get the stain out and can't, it's time to say goodbye. Same goes for anything with rips or holes, unless it's minor and you're savvy with a sewing kit.

4. If you can't remember the last time you wore it, it's probably time to let it go. 

When you go through your closet, you'll find clothing you wear all the time, clothing you wear for special occasions, and clothing you haven't worn in years. If you haven't worn it in the past year, you likely won't miss it when you get rid of it. 

5. Re-home your clothing by donating or consigning.

You may not want some of your clothing anymore, but that doesn't mean it can't be loved by somone else! Consider donating or consigning clothing you're ready to let go. You can donate to your local Goodwill, homeless shelters, or community centers. If you're looking to make some extra cash for clothing in good condition, try consignment. You can consign or sell clothing to most thrift stores, including Plato's Closet. You can also consign online with websites like Poshmark and ThredUp.

What other tips do you have for cleaning out your closet? Let us know in the comments!

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by Kylie Miller | 4/14/2020
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