cleaning my closet

black and white picture of messy closet cleaning out my closet shop my closet clothes and accessories fundraiser for adoption

I’m embarrassed. You see that overflowing mess? That’s my closet. I finally caught up on the laundry pile we lovingly refer to as Mount Washmore, and the over-abundance of clothes makes me feel kind of terrible.

I’ve been holding onto clothes for ridiculous just in case scenarios. I need this old bridesmaid dress just in case. I need the skirt I wore in my senior pictures just in case. I need three pairs of the same jeans that don’t fit just in caseOkay, so there are some slight hoarding issues. But there are also some underlying tensions to grapple with: When so many have so little, why do I have so much?

As we’ve talked about before, there are a lot of ethics behind our closets. (You can read more about that here.)

Madison’s post about simplifying her wardrobe was the push I needed to give my closet a good overhaul. I’ve known for a while what I want to do with the dresses, skirts, blouses, jeans, scarves, necklaces and all the other things that I love, but for one reason or another didn’t make the cut.

Shop my closet for adoption!

Our dear, dear, dear, dear friends who we refer to as family because they are so important to our lives are adopting two sweet girls from Nigeria. (Yes, that #bringbackourgirls Nigeria.) I can’t spill the beans just yet, but they have an incredibly unique story and perspective. This family is pivotal to Joseph’s adoption story. Some of you can probably already put some pieces together, but all I can say right now is STAY TUNED because this story is amazing and you’re going to want to be a part of it!

Anyway, it’s super expensive to pay for adoption fees and plane tickets for these little ladies, and I know from experience that every little bit helps when scraping funds together for adoption. I wish we didn’t have student loans and hospital bills and a mortgage and all of the other things that make up our budget, but that just means we need to think a bit more creatively when it comes to walking with this family on their journey and getting those girls home!

One of the ways I’m going to try to help? I’m purging my closet and hosting a huge sale online to help raise money for these little girls to join a forever family. My pieces are good quality and in a variety of styles and sizes. I have more than 12 dresses ready to go, barely worn jeans from places like Banana Republic and Gap, tanks and blouses and pretty much all of the things.

Ladies, I need your help!

So, wanna shop my closet? I need your help! Would you rather shop on Instagram? Or a Facebook sale? Or local people, what do you think about coming over for a cash + carry pre-sale? Is that weird? What about if I provide coffee? I’ll probably take all of what doesn’t sell to a consignment shop…but honestly, this family is paying fees RIGHT NOW and waiting for consignment will take too long.

Let’s do this! If you’ve done something like this before, I need your help, too! What worked for you? What didn’t? 

And finally…Do you have a few quality pieces in your closet that have been hanging there for far too long? Could you add a few pieces to my sale? Ladies, I know so many of you are so fashionable.

Let’s do this, together!

8 thoughts on “cleaning my closet

  1. Oh I love that you’re doing this! What a great idea! My mom always takes my clothes home with me and sells them to this fantastic consignment shop in Rock Valley. They usually do a pretty fair job at selling the clothes and I appreciate the extra cash. If you don’t end up selling all of your items online, ask her about the consignment shop. 🙂

  2. I’ve used before and really liked it! I’d recommend checking it you – especially the fine print with when/how they let you cash out. Good luck, it’s a great idea! 🙂

  3. I’m a fan of the coffee! Oh, and the cash and carry. 😉 Also, I think your blog or FB would be quite successful. I’m no fashionista, but would like to add a few things to this cause as opposed to JFA. Let me know and good luck!

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