Cleanses Aren’t Just for Juice: Detox Your Closet This January!

Posted January 9, 2013 by in Lifestyle

While juice cleanses are especially popular right now in New York (like Cooler Cleanse), your body isn’t the only thing that may need cleansing in 2013.

To start the year off feeling fresh, head into your bedroom and start cleansing your messy and cluttered closet! How much stuff in there do you actually wear anyway? Check out these five tips to get started:

1. Go Through All Your Clothes

Literally go through everything. If it’s an item you wear frequently, put it in a save pile. If you haven’t worn it in the past three months, put it into a maybe pile. If you can’t remember the last time you wore an item or barely even remember it, put it in a sell/donate pile.

2. Try Everything On

Now that you know what you wear and don’t wear, try everything on that’s in your maybe pile. If something is either too small or too big on you, put it into the sell/donate pile. If there’s something you’re still unsure about, it’s okay to hold onto it a little while longer, but if you do, make sure it’s in a place you can see when you open your closet — you’ll most likely wear it more.

3. Put Your Seasonal Items In Storage

If it’s winter, put all your shorts and tanks in a storage bin under your bed. If it’s summer, put all those winter coats and sweaters under there. You’ll be less stressed out when you open your dresser or closet if everything is wearable for the current season.

4. Throw A Clothing Swap Party

Turn this closet cleanse into something fun by getting your friends to cleanse their closets as well.

After going through your clothes, get together for a clothing swap party! Have all your girls come over with their sell/donate pile. Put on some good music, enjoy a few drinks and try on each other’s old clothes. When you’re done, you’ll each end up with a fun new wardrobe!

5. Sell and Donate The Rest

Whatever your friends didn’t want, sell. Head on over to your local buy/sell/trade shop. Buffalo Exchange and Plato’s Closet are two great shops to look into first. Either take the cash they give you or opt for the store credit and nab some new threads. Whatever they won’t buy can be dropped off at Goodwill or Salvation Army.

Once you’ve gone through this process, you’ll feel so much better…and so will your wardrobe!

Have you ever attended a clothes swap party? If so, what did you think?