Day 5 of the Closet Cleanout Challenge - JEWELRY, BELTS, & SCARVES

I can't believe we're already on Day 5 of the 7 Day Closet Cleanout Challenge!  Are your closets starting to look clean, pared down, and organized?  I can't wait to see everyone's results after day 7!  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 cleaning out our jewelry, belts, & scarves.


The whole point of this challenge is to declutter 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.  Today we'll be going through our jewelry, belts, and scarves one by one and categorizing 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.

As I've said throughout this entire process, how you choose to store these items is completely up to you.  There's no "right" or "wrong" way to do it.  I'll be sharing how I personally store these items in case that helps inspire you.  At this very moment, I store my jewelry in a large jewelry box.  However, I'm planning on moving my small items, like rings and earrings, to a smaller jewelry box, and then I'm going to be hanging all of my necklaces from hooks in my closet.  I'll be storing my bracelets on t-bars like these.  My belts are also currently hanging, but I plan to move those onto shelves in little cubbies (see below).  Here are my inspiration pictures from Brighton the Day:

I bought this hanger for my scarves about a year ago and really like it, so I'm planning to continue to use that for my scarves.  I'll link up other options as well below.

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!