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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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The Great Closet Clean Out- Dress Edition

I’m making some great progress on my closet clean out project! Today I worked on dresses.  This was actually much easier than I was expecting.  I already had in my head the ones that I wanted to get rid of, so it was just a matter of removing them from my closet.


When going through the dresses, I asked myself the following questions:

  1. Have I worn it in the past year?
  2. Do I love it?
  3. Does it fit?
  4. Do I feel great in it?

If the answer was “no” to any of these questions, the item under consideration had to go.

Here are some hits and misses:

too tight dress
Is it the 80’s? Are we in a Robert Palmer video?
zara dress
This dress has not been a twinkle in my eye for years. By the time it fits again, it will be WAY out of style! Buh-bye!


shift dress
We have a winner! In fashion, great fit, super comfy! Love this Old Navy shift dress!


In all, I purged 12 dresses and two skirts.  (note to self- stop buying skirts.  You never wear them!)  I also was able to hang every dress on the same type of hanger, rather than the mish-mosh of different hangers I had.  I think matching hangers make a closet look so much more put together!

Here’s the before and after!

dresses beforedresses after

I’m so glad to have tackled this part of the project!  Stay tuned for the next step- pants!

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The Great Closet Clean Out – Shoes and Accessories Edition

Hello readers! As I mentioned here I’m doing a huge closet clean out.  I have a tendency to hold onto clothes and shoes way longer than I should, so I decided to put a plan in place to purge the items that I don’t wear or don’t love, and potentially replace some items with more quality/classic pieces.

I started last week with shoes, which in retrospect should have been my last step because holy moly did this take forever.  I’m a shoe hoarder.  I have a huge problem.  I’ve worked in retail my whole life, including stores and buying offices, and most of my career was spent in the shoe department.  Let’s just say I’ve definitely taken my work home with me over the years and accrued upwards of 100 pair.

I started the shoe purge process early last week and it took me a full week to get through it all.  Choosing to get rid of shoes, even if they were too small or hadn’t been worn in years was like getting rid of children.

shoe progress_2
Just a few of my sacrificial babies!

I started by removing all of the shoes that I knew were too small for me.  Age and pregnancy have made my feet expand over the years and most of my fun sneakers are way too tight.  I was able to sell a lot of them on Facebook Marketplace, since many were in like new condition and kept in the boxes.

I then went through and trashed any shoes that were in disrepair. (think worn out Old Navy flip flops, running shoes with worn down soles, etc.)

Next I removed duplicates.  I had two pairs of nude pumps, two pairs of identical black pointy toed ankle boots from Nine West, and three pairs of very similar black pumps. I kept the pair that was in the best condition and fit the best and put the duplicates in the sell/donate pile.

Next I took an honest inventory of the shoes that I own and tried to date the last time I wore them.  If I haven’t worn them in a year, they got the boot. (no pun intended) A few exceptions were made for special occasion shoes and shoes that I love too much to part with.  The latter category is going to be revisited in six months, though.  If I still haven’t worn them at that point, then they don’t need to be taking up space in my closet!

I then took all of the shoes out of boxes and displayed them on the shelves so I could actually see what I have.  I put the shoes that I wear the least often on the higher shelves and the ones that I wear most frequently on the more accessible shelves.  Again, a few exceptions were made.  Tall boots are staying in boxes for now until I can find a way to store them while still keeping their shape.  Also, some of my more collectible sneakers are staying in boxes to preserve their resale value if I decide to sell more later.

In all, I purged about 30 pairs of shoes!  As I mentioned, I have already sold a few pair on Facebook Marketplace.  The remaining will be taken to a consignment store and whatever they don’t take will be dropped off at Goodwill.

Here are some before and afters!

Shoe disaster!
Shoes after 2
Nice and neat and room to add one more pair… 🙂


I felt so accomplished after getting the shoes in order that I decided to jump ahead to accessories.

I didn’t have a lot to purge here, but I wanted to get my purses out of the laundry basket on the floor and onto a shelf.  Purging so many shoes made room to do just that.

Before and after pics of the purses:

Shoes after 1
So much better! Now I can see what I have!


I’m still working on this closet project and hope to have it done in the next two weeks! Stay tuned for the next installment in the series- Dresses!

P.s. I hope you will join me in this closet clean out project! If you are on instagram, please take photos and use #trophywifegreatclosetcleanout so I can keep up with your progress and we can hold each other accountable!


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The Great Closet Clean Out Series

I’ve been avoiding this project for months, but the time has come to tackle my closet disaster.  I have way too many clothes and shoes that I don’t wear.  Some things are too big, some are too small, some are just out of date and I haven’t let them go.

This is going to be a huge project, so I’m taking it in stages. Here is my strategy:

Step 1: Shoes and Accessories

My goal is to purge all shoes that I haven’t worn in at least a year, shoes that are out of style, or shoes that I have duplicates of. (how many pairs of black pumps does one person need?)

I also want to get all of the shoes out of boxes so that I can display them and see what I have when putting outfits together.

Another challenge is storage for purses and scarves.  Right now they are in a laundry basked on the floor.  Not ideal!  I’d like to get them displayed on shelves or hangers and off the floor.

Step 2: Dresses

I love dresses! They are my go-to in the summer time to just throw on and be comfortable.  That being said, I have way too many.  Some are too short, some are not in fashion, some are too tight, and some are just unflattering.  I also have some bridesmaid dresses that I’m holding onto for no apparent reason.

My goal is to purge at least half of my dresses and only keep the ones that I love and feel great in!


Step 3: Pants

Pants are going to be the hardest part of this process.  I have so many pairs of pants that are ill fitting for different reasons.  I’ve held onto many pairs of jeans from my early 20’s hoping that they fit again and/or come back into style.  It’s time to just be real and get rid of the jeans, even though I paid a STUPID amount of money for them.

Since having my son, my body shape has changed drastically.  I used to carry most of my weight in my hips/thighs/butt, but now my booty has flattened out and I’m carrying a lot of extra weight in my stomach area.  This shift in my body shape has made all of my pants look weird on me.  I’ve got to try on every single pair and get rid of the ones that are too loose in the hips and butt area.  They are SO not flattering!

I’m planning to be really honest with myself on pants day, even though it will be a bit of a blow to my self esteem.  I only want clothes that I feel great in, not any that are a reminder that my body is not what I want it to be.

Step 4: Tops

Tops are going to be the most time consuming of the process because I have SO many to try on.  My challenge here is that I have held onto too many tops that I used to love, but didn’t fit after I gained weight.  Most of those tops fit now, as I’m 20 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight (still would like to lose about 25 more), but a lot of them are not on trend, so they just need to stop taking up space.


Step 5: Sell and Donate

Depending on the item, I plan to sell on Ebay or Facebook Marketplace, sell to a consignment store, or donate to Goodwill.

Step 6:  Shop!

This is the fun part!  Once I rid myself of all the clothing that I own that is either out of style or doesn’t fit, I will assess what pieces I need to replace and shop for some new things.  I am going to be very strategic about what I buy, and only bring things into my house that I love and I know I will get a lot of wear out of.  My plan is to still maintain a closet that is not quite minimalist (I love clothes and shoes too much for that!) but not stuffed to the max like it is now.


So, there’s my six step plan to get my closet cleaned and organized! This will take me several weeks, but I will continue to update you on my progress!

Wish me luck!