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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!



Trophy Wife Tip: Dress Comfort

Ladies, can I talk to you about chub rub? That’s the technical term for when your thighs rub together when you walk.  (sexy, right?)

With this unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having in Michigan, (90 degrees at the end of September??? WHAT?) I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses.

You’ve seen pictures of me, so you know that while I’ve been making progress with my fitness, I mos def do not have a thigh gap!  I love wearing dresses, though, so I’ve tried a few solutions to try and combat the chub rub.

One option is to wear a thigh slimmer ( like this one) that will give you some shaping in the thighs, hips, and waist.  This type of garment is pretty structured and can feel pretty warm under a dress.  Not ideal for a hot summer day!

I’ve also tried a slip short, which is similar to a thigh slimmer, but has less control in it and doesn’t come up as high on the waist.  This is great when you want some smoothing without the restrictiveness of a thigh slimmer, or if you have a more sheer fabric dress and want a little more modesty.  I actually have this style from the JKY line at Target and love it.  The only problem that I’ve found is that the bottom tends to show when I sit down in a shorter dress.  Not cute!

The best solution that I’ve found for me is a product that I hope most of you are using on a daily basis.  Are you ready for this??? It’s deodorant!

It’s no secret! this stuff is magic!

Seriously- take the deodorant that you are using for your underarms and rub some on your inner thighs.  It totally prevents chafing, aka chub rub.


deodorant dress
Cool and comfy in my summer dress!


This has been today’s Trophy Wife Tip! I hope you enjoyed!

Tell me in the comments if you have any other easy wardrobe hacks!

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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: Pants Edition

Getting rid of pants today was surprisingly satisfying!  Almost all of the pants that I removed from my closet were removed because they are too big!  The scale hasn’t budged much in the past few months, but it is clear that I have lost some inches thanks to all of the strength workouts I’ve been doing.

A reminder of the questions I’m asking myself as I go through clothes in my closet:

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

If I answer “no” to any of above, the pants got the ax.

Here are a couple “nos”.  The grey pants on the left are WAY too big in the waist!  They definitely had to go!  The olive green jeans on the right may look like they fit, but they are SO stretchy that once I wear them for 10 minutes, they are falling down.  Not a good look!

too small jeans
I won’t subject you to seeing how small these are on me! Straight to the “no” pile!

Here are a couple BIG wins! Both of these pairs of jeans would not even pull up over my thighs at the beginning of this year.  This is why the scale is a liar!  I’m only 3 pounds less than I was in February, but I can now fit into so many pairs of pants now that were not even close just 6 months ago.

The black jeans are still a bit tighter than I’m comfortable with wearing, but they technically “fit” and I love them, so I’m keeping them as I continue my weight loss process.  The dark blue ones, though… holy moly! They not only fit, but I can fit my thumb in the waistband.  p.s. these have NO stretch in them!


I actually didn’t purge as many pants as I was expecting to.  This is a good thing because in trying all of  my pants on, I discovered multiple pairs of pants that have been too small for years but now fit!  Because of this, I won’t have to go out and buy any pants, which I was totally anticipating.  Yay for money in my bank account!

Total purge count: 10 pairs- 8 too big, and 2 too small.

Since I’m definitely not done losing weight, I expect to repeat this process with pants in another 6 months.  My hope is that I will have a lot more that are too big!

Here is my before and after.  I kind of hate those multi-hangers, so I think I’m going to switch out to individual hangers for each pant now that I have the space to do so.

Thanks for following me on this mission to pare down my wardrobe! If you are cleaning your closet as well, please post some photos on Instagram and use #trophywifegreatclosetcleanout!


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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 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!