Hey y’all, I’m Whitney, and I’m a closet hoarder.
* Hiiii Whitney *
Ever since August when I moved into my new apartment with my GIANT walk in closet, I realized that I have a serious clothes obsession. I was buying quantity not necessarily quality and I needed to stop.
This summer I survived for 7 weeks with just as many clothes as I could fit into my backpack, and I still managed to mix and match and make all sorts of fun outfits. After that big ole lesson, I felt like an absolute FREAK coming back to boxes and boxes and boxes of clothes to put away into my new walk in closet.
Please join me on my road to recovery…
The Closet Hoarder 5 Step Program
1. Take the six month test. Put all of the things you can into your closet/dresser so that you have ALL of your outfits options. Then make a note of your start and see what clothes you actually wear, what clothes you avoid/dislike/are not flattering, and what clothes you keep purely because you’re a closet hoarder.
2. Play dress up. Turn on some peppy 90s music, call over your girlfriends, make some mimosas and try on EVERYTHING that you didn’t wear in the last six months. Categorize those items of clothing as follows:
– KEEP: not the right season (ex: winter coats)
– KEEP: you like it, but just didn’t have the occasion to wear it (ex: pretty date dresses)
– TOSS: not flattering/in-style *tip: don’t keep clothes that you used to fit into or hope to one day fit into; dress your body for now!
-TOSS: you like it but just kept avoiding wearing it (this is a common hoarding problem and the hardest part to get past)
3. Seperate the ‘toss’ clothes. Split the things that are pre-loved/new (aka able to be resold) with the things that are very worn or out of style.
4. Clear that closet out! Take the old things to Goodwill or the Salvation Army (which can be used a tax write-off) and sell those new or trendy things! I used to take my clothes to Plato’s Closet but I got really really REALLY sick of them not buying any of my clothes. They offered me $10 for my designer jeans because they “had a lot of dark denim right now” … umm ok, I’ll be keeping those thank you!
A couple days ago I discovered Blogger’s Closet and that has changed EVERYTHING. You can create your own virtual closet of things you want to sell, and connect with other bloggers to buy and sell your clothes. And it’s all done through Paypal. And all instant. And WAY easier/more trustworthy than my sad attempt at selling things via Instagram. Check out my closet! I’m selling Lucky, Coach, Ralph Lauren, and more!
5. Stay strong. OK so now you’ve got your old stuff out, don’t go filling your closet up again! Aim for quality clothes, not buying 6 tops just because they were on sale at Forever 21 and will fall apart in the washer.
You are not alone.
YOU. CAN. DO. THIS.
Your closet and your wallet will thank you!