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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!


Cleaning and Organizing

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!