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Re-Style: 3 Reasons to Complete a Spring Closet Cleanse

Re-Style is a monthly blog featuring stylist tips and more from our Resale Stores! Our Guest Blogger is Lyndell Werling, Personal Stylist at lyndellwerling.com and CRC Resale Store Volunteer

April 20, 2017

Spring cleaning yields numerous benefits beyond the obvious positive outcomes of greater organization in your home and the opportunity to donate unwanted possessions to those in need.

Here are a few incentives to clean out your closet and tips on how to approach it.

  1. Clutter Induces Stress
    Per Sonya Britt, professor at Kansas State University, clutter induces stress. Individuals under stress are less able to make rational long-term decisions. Mary Gresham, a psychologist with Atlanta Financial Psychology, states that studies prove that families who live in cluttered environments have higher stress levels. Decluttering is not often a high priority but attempting to do it under pressure can make it a very unpleasant task. Add a closet cleanse to your To-Do list now and reap the benefits of creating a sense of calm while purging your closet of unnecessary items.
  2. Your Closet Can’t Endure Another Shopping Trip
    Have you ever wanted to go shopping but realized that you can’t fit another t-shirt, let alone multiple garments, in your closet? Streamlining and organizing your closet’s interior simplifies the process of creating outfits. Reacquaint yourself with favorite, but perhaps hidden, garments as a result. Without clutter, you can easily view items and maximize the pieces that you already own. Say farewell to clothing that doesn’t fit well and stop by the CRC resale stores to see if you can fill the empty space with new items. I do this regularly and found all of these great pieces at the CRC, including the book on the history of shoes. It is fun, rewarding and stretches my clothing budget.
  3. 2018 Tax Deduction
    Is it ever too early to start creating tax deductions for the upcoming tax year? Clean out your closet, make a donation to the CRC Resale stores, and obtain tax deductions for next year. You’ll be glad that you did.

Closet Cleaning Tips
Not sure where to begin your closet transformation? Here are a few tips:

  1. Never complete a closet cleanse alone. Ask a friend or family member to help you decide which garments to eliminate from your wardrobe. For example, an honest assessment of whether jeans really fit is easier to make with a person who will provide a second opinion.
  2. If you can’t see it, you won’t wear it. The CRC stores are full of items to help organize your closet as well as the rest of your home. If you simply must keep items that are tough to fit into your storage spaces, let CRC help you get them organized.
  3. Set goals. Determine which pieces in your closet support your lifestyle. Ask yourself if each item supports these goals. If you no longer work in an office environment, do you need all of those suits? If you used to participate in a sport or hobby that required certain apparel but you no longer take part in that activity, why not donate the equipment to the CRC and make it possible for those garments to have a second life?
  4. Create a shopping list during your closet cleanse. If there’s a gap in your wardrobe, take note of it and take advantage of newly created open space in your closet to fill it. Perhaps that item can be found at one of the CRC Resale stores.

Spring cleaning can lead to greater harmony in your home, better closet organization, less time getting dressed as well as provide much needed items to the CRC Resale stores to fund their critical programs. We encourage you to carve out time to achieve these outcomes and thank you in advance for your support of the CRC!