A College Girl’s Guide to Cleaning Out Your Closet

It’s move-out season - everyone’s favorite bitter-sweet time of year. Being the hoarder that I am, I have acquired way too many clothes, that I have no idea what to do with it. So to keep from paying an arm and leg for summer storage I had to make the difficult decision to let go of some of my babies. Now the hard part comes; What stays and what goes?

Luckily this wasn’t my first rodeo so here are a few tips I used when deciding:

Get rid of the damaged and dusty

This should be the number one clue that it is time to go. Unless that blouse or dress has some sentimental value, stop telling yourself you are “saving it for the perfect moment.” If you won’t wear it now, you probably aren’t going to in the future.

Make sure it fits

I’d love to say I am going to fit in those jeans from three years ago but let’s be real, they’ve served their time. Get rid of stuff that is too small or too big, you probably don’t want to wear something that isn't flattering.

Bad Memories

Sometimes getting rid of clothes means forgetting the past. There is no need to hold onto a sweatshirt from the jerk who dumped you. Throw it out to start over. ;)

Now that I’ve moved my clothes from the closet to the floor (read in the voice of “To the window, to the wall”) it is time to start thinking about what to do with them. Here are a few ways to get the most of out of your unwanted clothes.

Donate to the needy

Since I am a huge fan of Goodwill, I love giving back a little to the process and donating stuff. There are tons of donation drop-off locations all over; just open up Maps and start searching!

Make some $$$$

Just because I’m throwing it out doesn’t mean it’s bad quality. To make some easy money I sold a few items to a local thrift store. Other options include Craigslist, eBay, if your items are of notable value. Fair warning, the clothes you are trying to sell need to be in good condition. Don’t be the one trying to argue an armpit stained old Rolling Stones shirt into the store or online - it won’t work.

Quick tip: Try to wash the clothes you are planning on selling, most retailers want them ready to hang on shelves as soon as they buy.


If you are somewhat creative (or at least want to be) and have a stellar eye for D.I.Y’s, transform your clothes into something new! They don’t have to be repurposed into more clothes either. I’ve taken some old shirts and repurposed them as pillows. It was easy, simple, and took a few minutes with minimum tools.

So next time you are looking at your old jeans, unsure of what to do with them, think about all of these tips! Cleaning out your closet is not always easy, but it also doesn’t have to be the hardest thing in the world.