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How to Double Your Closet Space and Clean Out Your Closet

Posted on 02 January 2018


It's a new year and a great time to clean out your cluttered closet and enter the new year refreshed and organized. Regardless of how big your closet is, the goal is to figure out the best way to utilize your space and present your clothes in a way that's easy and accessible. How do you do that? Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you go through your closet. 

When Was the Last Time I Wore This? Have I Worn This in the Past Year?
The first step to decluttering your closet is to ask yourself, "when was the last time I wore this and have I worn it in the past year?" If the answer is no or you can't remember the last time you wore it, you may want to consider letting it go and donating it. 

Does it fit? 
It's easy to fall into the trap of keeping clothes that no longer fit in hopes of one day being able to fit them again. In the meantime, however, your closet becomes full of clothes that don't fit making it difficult to get dressed each morning. If an item no longer fits you may want to consider getting rid of it. Now you'll have more room in your closet for clothes that do fit and an incentive to go shopping when you reach your desired dress size. 

Is it in Good Condition?
Is your favorite black cardigan starting to peel? Do your go-to work pants have a hole in them? Does your favorite button-up look a little worn down? Time to upgrade! We all have staple pieces in our closet that get a lot of use and as a result, over time they start to wear and tear. Don't be afraid to replace old favorites with new favorites that are in better condition. 

What Can I Donate?
Before you throw anything away, always check to see if it's in good condition to donate. Even if an item has a broken zipper, is missing a button or the white is looking a little yellow, still, donate it! Many companies like Goodwill will wash and fix up items before reselling them. Other great places to donate clothing are Dress for Success and the Salvation Army

Do you have any tips for cleaning out your closet that you follow? Share them in the comments below!

Enter to win a $50 Mink gift certificate! 
Step #1. Donate gently used clothes to a local charity.
Step #2. Snap a pic of your charitable donation receipt.
Step #3. Post it on Instagram and tag @shopmink. 

That's it! Deadline to enter the giveaway is 1/7. We'll announce the winner on 1/8. *Must be following @shopmink on Instagram to be eligible.* 

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