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Minimalist Challenge | Closet Cleaning with Poshmark & The Real Real

During my ongoing Minimalism Challenge I’ve been going through all of my rooms, every closet, and each drawer and cupboard in my apartment, and decluttering my spaces.

I’ve even cleaned out my every day handbag and my standing desk at work!

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While I donated loads of clothing, jewelry, accessories, bedding, towels, and kitchen things to Goodwill {especially after the fires in wine country}, I held onto some of the higher end items to sell. Today I wanted to talk to you about the main two ways that I have sold clothing, jewelry, and accessories during my decluttering projectPoshmark and The Real Real.

Poshmark is a peer-to-peer buying and selling app. Once you create an account, you simply upload a picture of the item you’d like to sell, add details and a price, and list it. Easy peasy.

The types of items range from designer handbags to swimsuits to makeup and skin care. You can find brand new items {NWT = New With Tags} for a fraction of the cost. You can even make offers and bundle items together for discounts.

Selling is just as east as buying – Once an item sells you’re emailed a shipping label, so all you have to do is pack up the item and put it in the mail.

The Real Real is a San Francisco based online consignment shop. I LOVE the website and have bought from them for years – Check out my blog post Why I Shop Vintage and Consignment for more on my love affair.

While with Poshmark you’re setting your own price and talking to buyers yourself, The Real Real takes care of everything. They send you a consignment kit and you mail in the items you’d like to sell. They review them, take what they’re interested in, and send you back the rest. Then they set the prices, photograph the items, list them on the website, and you’re sent your sales on a monthly basis.

If you’d like a hands off approach to selling you unused items, The Real Real is the way to go. One thing to note though is that they only take certain brands, so you need to review their accepted designers list.

What’s YOUR favorite way to get rid of unwanted clutter in your closets?

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Why I Shop Vintage & Consignment

For me, shopping has become a way to express my “green” approach to life, which means that I’ve turned to vintage and consignment stores to get my shopping fix.

It may seem like eco-friendly practices like recycling, composting, and car-sharing have little to do with clothing, but I’ve learned in recent years that they are in fact inextricably linked.

Turns out that behind the glossy magazine covers, glamorous runway shows, gorgeous models, and stores filled with things that I need – The fashion industry has a dirty little secret. After oil & gas, fashion is the second most polluting industry IN THE WORLD.

Watch the documentary The True Cost or read up on the environmental impact of “fast fashion” and I’m sure you’ll be just as horrified as I was and continue to be today.

I made a pact in 2014/2015 to stop contributing to the fast fashion problem. I’m pleased to say that not only did I clean those things out of my closets and donate them, I also almost entirely stopped shopping at places like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21. I decided that I would focus on investment pieces rather than chasing trends or buying every new arrival in my favorite shops.

Quality over quantity.

The result of that decision has been two-fold. Not only do I have a more well-rounded wardrobe of high quality, classic pieces that I’ll keep for years, but I’m also not wasting money on “throw away” clothing that won’t last beyond the current season. I have a full conversation with myself before shopping {not out loud, don’t worry}. I ask whether I can see myself wearing it in two years? Is it something classic that I can see myself handing on to a family member or friend?

Another side effect of this pledge not to support companies that are filling the world with trash, is that I’ve been turning to online vintage and consignment sites, and companies that offer alternatives, like peer-to-peer shopping app Poshmark or clothing rentals from StyleLend or Rent The Runway. These are such great options, you can find huge discounts on designer goodies and brand new pieces that still have tags on them. I’ve also used some of these sites to sell my unused clothing and accessories!

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{You can find Givenchy goodies, like this Antigona satchel, from The Real Real}

Here are a few of my favorite places to shop/rent and my experiences with them:

  • The Real Real – This company is a San Francisco institution as far as I’m concerned. I’ve bought from them and consigned a ton of pieces that were just gathering dust in my closet. In fact – I bought my first Chanel bag from The Real Real! I always wanted one, but balked in the shop when the sales associate started gushing about how soft the lambskin was. For me – A vintage Chanel was the answer, no new lamb was being slaughtered for my bag.
  • Poshmark – You know the dress you bought and never wore? Or shoes that were final sale and you got them home only to realize they didn’t quite fit? You can sell your mistakes or buy someone else’s on the Poshmark app. No muss, no fuss. It’s amazing!
  • StyleLend – If you’re in San Francisco or New York City, you can rent dresses and handbags for an event or even a vacation through StyleLend. Founded in SF and expanded to NY, this company is all about sartorial sustainability.
  • Rent the Runway – Have five weddings to attend this Summer? Rent your outfits instead of buying something you’ll only wear once! I’ve used RTR for years for galas – No need to buy an expensive designer gown for each event, just rent one for the big day!

What’s YOUR favorite way to shop? Have you tried any of these companies?

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2016 Wardrobe Detox

One of my major goals for 2016 was to simplify my life, and part of that was reducing the quantity of my material possessions. Enter the wardrobe detox.

Yes, I’ve cleaned closets and gone through my storage, and even donated unused kitchen accessories. But one of the most dramatic places impacted by this year’s detox, was my closet.

I was amazed by the sheer amount of things I had stashed away and completely forgotten about. Once I really got into it, I was surprised by how overwhelmed I was. After a few false starts I finally got started tackling the project, so I wanted to share my approach!

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First off, I sorted everything into three categories.

  1. Poshmark – This is the pile for pieces that are new or barely worn, and that are either super classic or super trendy. (I tend towards the first one for the most part)
  2. ThredUp – This was for “fast fashion” pieces, which I’m thrilled to say there were very few of, and some nice, lightly worn, workwear and daily life basics.
  3. Goodwill – This is where everything else ended up! I must have done five separate trips to Goodwill this year. A few just for clothes, but also for housewares, kitchen goods, and other miscellaneous items that ended up in front of me during my cleaning frenzy.

This category system helped me stay organized and not completely lose my mind whilst sitting crosslegged on my floor surrounded by clothes and accessories and paper bags of possessions.

Secondly, I had to actually send/drop things off. And I’m not going to lie, there were bags of clothes sitting around for weeks. In fact, I STILL have a “Poshmark bag” for all the items in my Posh closet so that they’re ready to go out when someone buys them. Luckily, ThredUp makes things exceptionally easy, and you can order a selling kit online. You receive a postage-ready bag to fill and voila!

Finally, and this was actually quite challenging, I had to fight to change my shopping mindset. I’ve gotten in the terrible habit in recent years of just ordering pieces that strike my fancy without really thinking it through. And while the instant gratification was nice, the end result, as I had just witnessed, was a great deal of clothing that I barely, or never, wore.

My plan for 2017 is to continue with simplifying my life when it comes to my wardrobe, and putting thought and consideration into my purchases going forward. That means focusing on quality, not quantity. And no spur of the moment impulse purchases!

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{Drool-worthy images are, tragically, not from my real life, but from my Closet Porn Pinterest Board}

In summary – This was a massive project that took a lot of time and energy, but it was totally worth the effort and surprisingly cathartic. I was totally ready for my move by the time I was done, and I knew I wasn’t carting any unnecessary crap to the new place. I love a fresh start!

Need some more closet clean-up tips? Check out these posts {clearly I LOVE this topic!}: Spring Cleaning Recommendations, Spring Cleaning: Tips & Tricks, and Spring Cleaning: Closet Detox.

Have YOU ever done a wardrobe detox? Any tips?

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Spring Cleaning: Closet Detox

I love Spring Cleaning. Love it.

I probably go through this similar ritual at least once a quarter. It’s cathartic. I love getting rid of clothes and doing deep cleans and rearranging my things. Somehow it gives me a different perspective.

In years past I’ve focused on reorganizing my closets and storage spaces, but this year I put in some much needed effort on the curating side of things. I went through every single piece in my closets and in my drawers to see what I wanted to keep, what I’ve never worn, what can be sold, what should be donated… It was quite a process but the end result of was an amazing sense of accomplishment and sartorial peace of mind.

Now I know if I reach for something it will fit and won’t need to be tailored or sent to the dry cleaners prior to being worn. Everything is current, and ready to wear.

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So how did I get through this process? Read on!

Twice:

I talked a bit about my first time using Twice here – Girls Night Out Fashion – And I’ve had nothing but great experiences since then. You order a selling kit online, fit the bag with clothes, shoes & handbags from approved brands {everything from Zara to designer pieces}, and then you’ll get an email with an offer for your order. Easy peasy Japanesey.

Poshmark:

Poshmark is, without a doubt, the easiest and best way to sell your clothes and accessories online. The app makes it super easy and effective to not only sell, but shop as well.

You can check out my closet here under the username Moicontrelavie.

Goodwill:

The rest of the clothes and accessories from my closet cleaning whirlwind were donated to the Goodwill.

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{Images from Closet Porn Pinterest Board}

Getting rid of so much this year was really cathartic, I somehow feel lighter and more free, and an added bonus is that now I can actually move the hangers in my closets!

Want more Spring Cleaning suggestions, not to mention a killer dose of interior decor inspiration? Check out Spring Cleaning: Tips & Tricks and Spring Cleaning Recommendations.

How do YOU approach Spring Cleaning?

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MCLV Style: Faux Fur & Pearls

Faux Fur & Pearls – Two of my favorite things.

I fell in love with this white faux fur coat on Poshmark and immediately snapped it up.

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Faux Fur Coat – Front Row Shop

Faux Leather Leggings – BCBGMaxAzria {on sale at Bloomies!!}

Peep-Toe Booties – Fendi

Chanel Quilted Tote – The Real Real

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Maybe it’s my love of classic movies and old school glamour, but I adore pearls. And in my humble opinion, there are few situations that don’t call for them. Here I layered my favorite J.Crew multi-strand pearl necklace with my Kamryn Dame choker from Les Mechantes.

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{Photography by KatwalkSF}

This is also the first time that I’ve gotten a chance to shoot my new Chanel tote. I ordered this from The Real Real for my birthday two months ago and basically haven’t put it down since. It’s the perfect size for day-to-day use and even holds my laptop so I love using it when I travel.

Do YOU love pearls as well?

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