Spring Clean Your Wardrobe


Summer is almost officially here, if you can believe it. The days have become longer, flowers are blooming and the temperatures have been steadily increasing. It's the time when many of us start doing a little spring cleaning to freshen up the house but have you ever thought about spring cleaning your closet?

"Only about 20% of clothes in the average person's closet are worn on a regular basis," says Ginny Snook Scott, chief design officer of California Closets, a custom closet and storage space company.

So open up those closet doors and start gathering items that you haven't worn in months, or maybe even years. Some experts say that if you haven't worn it in a year, then you should get rid of it, or if you wouldn't buy it off the shelf today, again, you should get rid of it. Here are some tips for what to do with the clothes you don't want:

1. Sell Online - Tip 1: If you're selling your clothes, don't list them on eBay unless you think you can get at least $15-$20 for each piece. Decide if the items are worth the effort of your potential and final auction price, less shipping and fees.

2. Sell Online - Tip #2: A picture says a thousand words. If you're selling items online, ensure that plenty of those photos are provided. Try to take photos with proper lighting and from various angles. Buyers respond better to multiple, well-lit photos that accurately portray items that are up for bid.

3. Donate. Drop your clothes off at the nearest Arc Thrift Store, DAV (Disabled Vets) or your favorite not-for-profit that accepts gently used clothes.

4. Drop Off and Earn Money. Consignment, vintage and resale chains, such as Plato's Closet, will buy your lightly worn items. Top brands and designers will fare better. For your local resale store, consult the Association of Resale Professionals at NARTS.org.

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