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As an organizing expert, I’m always on the lookout for new products and resources to help make the organizing process easier. Closets are consistently ranked as one of the most popular areas to fill with clutter.
“Bought a pair of shoes, wore them once, put them on a shelf never to be seen again…”
“Have 5 pairs of jeans that no longer fit, but holding onto them, just in case…”
“Kids are growing like a weed and have a bunch of clothes that still have tags on them!”
I could go on and on about how and why our closets get out of control. The reality is that we wear 20% of our clothes, 80% of the time. What does that say? It’s a subtle message letting us know that we have more than we use, yet it’s not always easy to tackle purging what seems like a black hole of clothing.
I have recently partnered with a fabulous company based in California called ThredUp that helps you make money for de-cluttering your closet.
Here’s how it works:
- Go to ThredUp.com and create a profile
- Order a bag
- The bag arrives with a pre-paid return label
- Fill it with all gently used, like new, or new items (they give you a cheat sheet of what they accept)
- Once the bag is full, seal it up and take it to the post office (or your local FedEx) and drop it off
- Within a few days you’ll receive a confirmation email letting you know they received your bag
- After approximately 3 weeks you’ll get an email letting you know how much ThredUp will pay you for your clothes.
It’s that simple.
Unlike traditional consignment stores, they pay you first, before your items sell. ThredUp accepts: women’s and kids clothes, shoes and accessories.
You also have the option of having them donate the items they cannot accept or they will send them back (I of course vote-DONATE, you’ve already decided you didn’t wear them anyway).
The first time I tried ThredUp I received $61.75 for items that were just taking up space-not to shabby.
I also gave a bag to my fashionista 10 year old and incentivized her to clean out her closet (which looked like it was vomiting with clothes that she rarely wore).
ThredUp also has an amazing online store, but before you have my permission to shop, you need to purge! 😉
*All my opinions are based on my own experience, I am not a paid consultant for ThredUp.