Ask yourself: Which type of clutter bug are you? Are you the shopper who buys the same pair of black pants again and again? Do you shop and forget what you've purchased? (How many price tags can you count in your closet?) Or are you the type who's afraid of throwing anything away?
Well, according to some organizational gurus, you may want to rethink your ways. "If you haven't worn it in the past six months, it has to go," says Tracy DiNunzio, founder of Tradesy.com, an online resale marketplace that works like a consignment shop. "We tend to hang on to old clothes thinking that 'some day' we'll fit back into them, or they'll come back in style. But those are the very things that contribute to closet clutter — and mental clutter, too."
The good news is that what is no longer right for you (think of that red sequined shawl you've been holding on to) may be just right for someone else. All you need to do is commit to analyzing what you have; creating a pile of what you don't need, don't want or can no longer fit into; and freeing your closet of it forever in one or more of the following ways.
1. Consign it
For your higher-quality or designer garments, consider consignment. Today, you have choices beyond your neighborhood store. The process is very similar: You enter an agreement with the operator to sell your item for a slice of the profit. But for an online store, you'll need to upload a photo of your clothing. There's also some shipping and handling involved — some companies offer it for free, others don't. When your item sells, the store takes a percentage, so compare shops for the best deal. (On Tradesy.com, for example, you take home 91 percent of the profit; on Perfect Fit Consignment, it's 75 percent.)