Fashion Friday: Spring Cleaning

Its time to carve out an afternoon or evening into your schedule to get your closet ready for spring! Have to make room for all those new spring fashions, right?

Its time to be brutal, folks. Really take a look at what is taking up space in your closet and what you really need.




  • New with tags: You know that stuff you bought on sale that you never ended up wearing? That cashmere sweater on clearance that wasn’t really your color, but you still optimistically bought it. Or that sweater you loved in the store but when you got it home, it clung to your tummy in a weird way… Sell it.
  • Multiples: I know it’s hard. But how many of the same cut of jeans do you really need? How many black sweaters? How many black purses? Pick a few of your favorites and sell the rest.


  • Doesn’t fit:  I’m all about optimism, but if it hasn’t fit in two years… its time to say goodbye. Let someone who fits into it have it, okay?
  • Don’t wear it: If you haven’t worn it in over a year, its time. Donate it.


  • Stained: If the professionals haven’t been able to get the stain out, its permanent. Toss.
  • Broken: Bags with broken zippers, torn straps… If its an investment piece, you can try to get it fixed. But otherwise, say goodbye.
  • Cheap: How many Old Navy flip flops/Target purses/H&M tshirts do you need? Keep your favorites and toss the rest. They’re not worth selling and probably aren’t in good enough shape to donate.

Personally, I’m more inclined to donate than sell. I am too busy to try to sell things generally – and I love to support my community through my local Goodwill!

Did you know that donating one bag of clothing and one bag of books can equal up to 2.3 hours of on-the-job training for someone in your community? Add to that a used lamp, a dusty computer and perhaps a box of DVDs and CDs, and that number nearly doubles to 5.2 hours. A simple item donated to Goodwill® can help provide job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other challenges to finding employment. In fact, Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs and career services in the United States and Canada.

When you’re cleaning out your closets and switching your clothes for summer, don’t forget your donate pile for Goodwill!

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Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.


  1. Thanks for this helpful spring cleaning tips….yes I gotta get down to it asap!!!


  2. Oh Mel, I’m about to tear into my closet this weekend. I am an anti-hoarder and I get a kick out of making piles and getting them OUT OF MY LIFE!

    I’m also going on a local TV talk show to talk about how to shop your closet and get rid of the stuff you just won’t ever use 🙂 Thanks for this!

  3. I need to clean my closet badly, but it’s so overwhelming.

  4. I so need to do this.

    Happy Friday!