It’s that time of year again….time for cleaning out our closets. I bet each of you have at least $100-$200 or more worth of clothes you could make from consigning your clothes or selling them at a garage sale.
The easiest way to find clothes to consign is to go through all of your closets when most of your dirty clothes are in the hamper. Why, you ask? If your dirty clothes are in the hamper, that means you are currently wearing them! Hopefully, you closets are still packed with clothes…right? You don’t have too many clothes do you? You know we only wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.
Here is what you need: grab a bunch of dry cleaning hangers and go from closet to closet. Start with the kid’s closets first. I start with my oldest son’s closet first because if any of his clothes are too small, I let my youngest son decide whether or not he wants them. More times than not he doesn’t want any of his clothes, but you never know!
Quickly scan the clothes that are in the closet and dresser drawers. Don’t forget to go through everyone’s swimsuits and shoes! Sort into three piles:
- Too small (hand me down or consign).
- Not sure if he still likes or hardly ever wears.
- Donate or use them as park clothes (we have a huge park with a creek that runs through it so we use old clothes to play in the creek, hence the term park clothes).
Now take your too small clothes to your next child’s room to see if he would like to keep anything. Put the donation clothes in a box or bag. Leave the not sure clothes on your child’s bed for them to give you a yes or no after they get home from school. Use the same procedure for this child, but instead, add the clothes from the older child as part of the 2nd pile of not sure clothes after you go through their closet. This way they can say yes or no to the hardly ever wear clothes from the closet and the older child’s hand me down clothes.
All clothes that you are going to consign, place onto dry cleaning hangers and keep your good hangers. Presentation is everything, your clothes will look nicer hanging than pulling them out of a trash bag to consign. Any clothes that your consignment store is not interested in, take to a donation store…no need to bring them back into your house…NO ONE is going to wear them!
Your closet…be honest with yourself. If you haven’t worn in it in the past year it’s more than likely you are not going to wear it. I know sometimes you think never know, but I am telling you, you will make more money selling your clothes when they are in style than waiting three years to sell them later. Plus you not going to wear it, so it is just going to sit in your closet for three years and collect dust, choose $money$… not dust!
With your husband’s closet, be kind. Don’t get rid of all of his ugly golf shirts…leave some in his closet so you can make fun him! Just kidding! Use the same principals as you did for your children, three piles and let him make the decision with a little guidance from you of course!
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Author Michelle Lehman of Organizing Solutions “Clear the Clutter”Michelle is a Professional Organizer in the Tulsa area. Her articles have been featured in the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, and The Chicago Post-Tribune. Michelle appears on Fox23 News DayBreak giving organizing tips and recommendations.
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