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The Great Closet Clean Out Wrap Up!

Sorry for the delay in updating, dear readers! I started a full time job a few weeks ago and while I’m absolutely loving it, I don’t have as much time to work on the blog.

I wanted to give you the final wrap up of the Great Closet Clean out.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about- go here first. The Great Closet Clean Out Series

I’ve already cleaned out my shoes,  my dresses, my pants and tops.  Now it’s time to get rid of the rejects!

The first thing I did was post all of my more “collectible” sneakers to Facebook Marketplace.  These are items that I knew were worth a lot more than a consignment store would give me.  If you aren’t using Facebook Marketplace, I definitely recommend it for buying and selling, especially if you have kids!  It’s easier than Ebay because you don’t have to worry about shipping, and you meet up with people in person so you know you’re going to get your cash.

In all, I sold six pairs of sneakers for a total of $110.

I then took all of the remaining items to Style Encore.  They are a national chain of resale shops that buy and sell name brand, gently used clothing.  (They also own Plato’s Closet and Once Upon a Child)

Trunk full to the brim!

Style Encore bought about 1/4 of what I brought in.  They paid me $77 for what they wanted and I loaded the rest back up into my car.

I was determined to not bring the stuff back into my house so the plan was to drop everything off at Goodwill on my way home.  It’s odd, as I was transferring all of the items out of my reusable tote bags and into trash bags, I found myself trying to rationalize why I should keep some of the stuff that the consignment store didn’t take.  I overcame the urge, though.  I tried on everything in those bags and it did not fit.  There was no reason to bring it back in the house just to sit in the closet!

And now we shop…

After ridding myself of all of the items that don’t fit or that I don’t wear, I assessed my remaining wardrobe to determine what I needed to replace or any holes that I was missing.

I couldn’t believe it, but the only item that I felt that I needed was a pair of black ankle boots.  I really thought that I was going to have to buy tons of clothes, but the beauty of trying everything on in my closet was that while I got rid of a lot of things that I don’t wear, I’ve discovered that tons of items that I couldn’t wear because they were too small now fit me!  I’ve still got a ways to go in my weight loss journey, but I’m 20 pounds less than I was BEFORE I got pregnant.  This weight loss has allowed me to go shopping in my own closet.  So many items that I’ve owned for a couple years feel new again because it’s been so long since I’ve worn them.

Will I go shopping for new clothes this season? Of course!  But for now, I’m enjoying my “new” wardrobe.

Now, back to the boots.  I went to DSW because I had a coupon and a gift card from my birthday.  I found the PERFECT pair of black suede boots, and after my coupon and gift card I only spent $8. Whoop!

new shoes

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my closet clean out process, and I really hope that you’ve taken some of my tips to help free yourself from clutter that is weighing you down.

Thanks for reading!


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The Great Closet Clean Out: Tops Edition

Y’all.  Trying on all of these tops took FOREVER, but I am so glad I did it!  I got rid of so many items that I have been holding onto for no reason.

Same as with the pants process, almost every top I got rid of was because it was too big.  Actually, not a single top was too small for me.  There were some that fit, but just not flattering on my body.

Exhibit A:

ruffle top
This is why you try things on before you buy. Why did I ever think this top was a good idea??

Others fit, but I just never wear:

floral top
I *want* to like this tee… but I’ve owned it for three years and have worn it twice.

Then we have tops that I legit bought as maternity wear, even though they are from the regular women’s department.  Why am I still holding onto these tents???

I also discovered many shirts that were too tight post pregnancy for various reasons, but now fit!  I have this shirt in three colors- black, white, and olive.  It’s such a great basic to wear on its own or under a jacket or cardigan.  I’m so glad I tried them on again because they now fit!

olive top

Going through this process has reintroduced countless new wardrobe options for me!  I have so many “new” tops to introduce back into the rotation!   I’ve also freed myself from a bunch of big, baggy tops that I’ve held onto “just in case.” Well, I don’t want “just in case” to happen.  I don’t want to get to the point where I have to wear XL everything.  Getting rid of the giant clothes is taking me out of my comfort zone, but will also be a great motivation to stay on track with diet and exercise.  If I need to buy new, I want it to be SMALLER, not bigger!

As with my pants, I will have to repeat this process again in about 6 months.  There were a few tops that are on the verge of being too big, but I kept because I love them.  Also quite a few that haven’t been worn in more than a year, but that was because they didn’t fit.  If the ones that now fit are not worn in the next six months, they will be going.

Thanks for following along with this closet purge! I will let you know how I make out at the consignment store.  Anything they don’t take is going directly to Goodwill! This stuff is not coming back into my house!

Remember, if you’re doing this with me, please post photos to instagram and use #trophywifegreatclosetcleanout.  I’d love to see your progress!

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Trophy Wife Tips: How to Clean your Keurig

Friends, I am a coffee addict.  I start my day with a cup every day and continue to refill said cup multiple times a day.  When I still worked a corporate job, I’d spend upwards of $50 a week at the Starbucks in the lobby!  Thankfully, I work from home now, but that means that my Keurig 2.0 gets quite the workout!  In order to keep it functioning and pumping out that magic liquid, I try to clean it periodically.  It’s super easy to do and I’m going to tell you how!

So, how do you know when it’s time to clean your Keurig?  For me, it was when I noticed it wasn’t brewing full cups anymore.  At first I thought it was malfunctioning, but after a simple google search, I read  that you should actually clean the inside of the machine, not just the outside parts.

Here’s how you do it…

First, remove the little tray thingy (technical term) that holds the K-cup and wash it in warm soapy water.  Be careful- there are sharp needles that can poke you in there.

keurig 4

Next, fill the reservoir with 50% water at 50% white distilled vinegar.

keurig 1


Next, place a cup under the spout and set the machine to dispense hot water.  Unfortunately, the Keurig 2.0 only allows you to make 6 oz of hot water at a time, so you will have to do this several times until the reservoir is empty.  Grab a chair and a book and sit next to your Keurig.

keurig 2

keurig 3
Ew. And this was my third cup that I ran through!


Once you’ve emptied the reservoir, remove it from the machine and wash in warm soapy water to rinse out any vinegar residue. (unless, of course, you like pickle flavored coffee)

Once the reservoir is cleaned, fill with water and repeat the process of dispensing hot water one cup at a time. (no vinegar this time- just water)  I usually do this twice to avoid aforementioned pickle coffee.  Once may be enough, but I don’t like to take any chances with my brewed goodness.

You should probably complete this cleaning process once every 2-3 months to keep your Keurig running well.  Admittedly, I only do it once or twice a year (oops!) but I definitely need to do it more often.

I hope this Trophy Wife Tip was helpful!  Please follow me on Instagram @trophywife_balancedlife for more!