Day 4 of the Closet Cleanout Challenge - PANTS & SHORTS

Welcome to Day 4 of the 7 Day Closet Cleanout Challenge!  If you missed the post that explains what the challenge is and how to get entered into the giveaway that's taking place at the end of the week, go back and read it HERE.

Today we'll be sorting through all of our pants and shorts.  This includes jeans and leggings, as well as dress pants!


The whole point of this challenge is to decluter our closets (and thus, our lives) so that we can spend less time digging for items, as well as have a beautiful space filled with items we truly love.  We're going to follow the exact same process we used when sorting through our tops yesterday.  The first step is to move all of your pants and shorts into one central area of your closet where you can see them all.  Then, go through them one by one and categorize each of them into one of three categories: KEEP, SELL, OR DONATE.  Take a hard look at each item and ask yourself these questions:
  1. Would I buy this if I saw it in the store today?
  2. Have I worn it in the past year?
  3. Is it still in good shape?
If you answered "yes" to all three questions, put it in the KEEP pile.  If not, it's time to get rid of it.  For the ones you're getting rid of, if they're in really good shape (especially like-new items), put them in the SELL pile.  If not, they go in the DONATE pile. 

For the SELL pile, you can either sell these in a garage sale, on Craigslist, to a local consignment store, or to my personal favorite, ThredUp.  I use ThredUp because it's so easy.  You just request a free clean out bag from their website, fill it with your name brand clothing that's in good condition, and mail it back (free of charge).  They will pay you for the clothes they keep and decide to resell.

For your DONATE pile, bag it up and take it to the charity or shelter of your choice.  If donating to a charity, make sure to ask for a receipt so you can deduct it on your taxes.  You can find some guidelines for how to value your used clothing here.

You can either hang or fold your pants, depending on personal preference.  I hang my dress pants, and fold my jeans and shorts and stack them on a shelf.  I hang everything in my closet on these hangers because in addition to being very slim and space saving, having all of your hangers match makes everything look so much more organized and uniform!  I color coordinate my pants, the same way I do with my tops.

Just remember, how you organize your closet is a personal decision that should make the most sense to YOU.  There's no "right" or "wrong" way to do it!

I can't wait to see all of your photos - before, during, or after the clean out process!  Just be sure to use the hashtag #7DayClosetCleanoutChallenge to be entered into the drawing for the $25 Target gift card that I'll be doing at the end of the week!