By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
When it comes to cleaning out your closet, there are easy wins and not-so-easy wins. I can usually stand to part with jeans that feel too tight, but what about those pieces that fit well and are actually kind of cute? You know, the ones you feel bad about never wearing? If you’re trying to wrap your head around how to clean out your closet this season, try wearing one item you’re on the fence about for 5 days straight. To keep or to sell – that is the question!
Lessons In Overalls: Trust Your Instincts
For the first day of my closet challenge, I decided on a pair of flared Zara overalls. When I got them, they were a prized find, but over the past year, I’ve had trouble wearing them more than a couple of times. I received several compliments on them over the course of the day and even felt pretty cute, but the outfit just didn’t feel right. Though it wasn’t the easiest decision, these went in the “Sell” bag. Lesson #1: Even if everyone else tells you an item is cute, what really matters is how you feel in it. Trust your instincts!
How to Clean Out Your Closet by Going Shopping
On day 1 of my closet challenge, before I’d actually gotten rid of anything, I did the taboo…I went shopping. In my defense, though, it’s the perfect way to kick off a cleanout! Having some fresh new finds that you can’t wait to wear makes it a lot easier to part with those pieces you’re just not loving anymore.
Plus, it opens up a whole new world of styling options. For day 2 of my challenge, I chose an off-the-shoulder baby blue blouse. Every time I had tried styling this blouse, it looked strangely formal. Enter a new pair of pom pom shoes and military-style pants from Buffalo Exchange Phoenix. Outfit perfection!
I had similar success on day 3 by pairing a new flared sleeve Free People blouse with wide-legged Madewell pants I wasn’t so sure about anymore. And how about the raw-hemmed Anthropologie jeans I wore on day 4? Some new faux-furry slides did the trick!
Lesson #2: Before you clean out, go shopping and try styling those hard-to-wear pieces with your new finds. You might come up with some new go-to looks! For everything that you’re still not loving, it’s time to let it go.
Starry-Eyed and Sentimental
If you’re wondering how to clean out your closet when everything you own is one-of-a-kind, this one’s for you! By the 5th day of my closet challenge, I needed something easy to throw on. I decided on this vintage green Diane Von Furstenburg dress that I scored at Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne) a few years back. I find myself wearing it about once a year, but I’ve held onto it for sentimental value.
Lesson #3: Try creating a special section of your closet for once-a-year items. This section is a great for those times when you’re bored of your current wardrobe and want to switch it up! Alternatively, you can DIY them into an awesome quilt. If they don’t fit into either of these categories, it’s time to consider selling.
Phew! Well there you have it – with this 5 day challenge, I figured out how to clean out your closet without letting tons of maybes stick around. For me, the best part about this approach to my spring cleanout is that it really made me reacquaint myself with every piece I own. Not to mention the healthy bag of clothes I had at the end of it all to trade in at Buffalo. After all, no matter how many great pieces I have in my closet, I can always use some more trade to shop with. If you’re feeling the same, stop by your local Buffalo to sell your spring cleanout for cash or trade!