#1: Clear everything out
It's really hard to make decisions on what to keep vs. consign when you can't see it. This is also a good time to sweep or vacuum the floor of your closet.
#2: Remove damaged clothing
Clothes that show signs of wear and tear - stains, missing buttons, discoloration, holes (yes, even if it's your favorite T-shirt) should be discarded or donated.
#3: Decision time
If an item hasn't been worn in a year, it's unlikely that it will jump out at you tomorrow and say "pick me, pick me". It may be the wrong color, an impulse purchase, it no longer fits or just isn't your style - put it in the consignment pile. (Remember, most consignment stores rotate inventory seasonally, and items must be in style).
To save space, choose the right hanger. You can buy slender hangers that really help maximize closet space. Avoid hanging sweaters. Fold them instead. They won't stretch out or get those funny bumps in the shoulders. Begin hanging items and organizing them according to what makes sense for you; work clothes vs. casual, color coded, like items together . . . whatever works for you. Clothes should hang loosely, not crammed together, remember. Consider off-season storage if you have really small closet space.
#5: Consign it
The clothing that remains could mean extra money in your pocket. By consigning your gently worn, in style items, you are helping the planet and your wallet! Before consigning, be sure to read the store's consignment policy. Every store is different. You can learn more about how to consign with The Cedar Chest here.
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