This is the time of year when spring cleaning is top of mind, and while the motivation itself surely counts for something, it’s the actual act of rolling up your sleeves and getting busy that should really be commended. Carving out the dedicated time can be hard enough, but facing the should-I-or-shouldn’t-I? dilemma when looking at something hanging in your closet is an entirely different battle. The folks at resale site Vestiaire Collective want to help, creating a nice little flow chart and step-by-step tips with the help of Into Mind’s Anuschka Rees. The end game isn’t just to find goodies you can sell on the site, but to practice something they describe as practical minimalism (“focus on the essentials, the stuff that’s truly adding value to your life, and let go of the rest”—so Marie Kondo of them, eh?).
Along with three ready-made responses to common qualms that come along with getting rid of stuff (like protestations that you spent too much on it originally or it reminds you of a really special memory), there’s a flow chart that’s ah-mazing. It prompts you to think about whether a garment has been worn in the past year, if anything on it is broken, and whether you feel confident when wearing. From there, you’re led to one of multiple outcomes, including getting something tailored, storing it for future seasons, or selling. Consider it like having your own little cleaning coach right there beside you.
Before you dig in, there’s some stuff you should probably toss right off the bat. Check out our list of 16 items to throw out from your closet.