Find Spending Money in Your Closet Right Now

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Earlier in the year, I decided it was time to return to one of my early loves… reading.  Since I’ve been part of the workforce for the last 25+ years, and been a busy mom and wife, reading for fun has been pretty minimal.

But with the bulk of my daytime hours changing location (now taking care of my granddaughter Maggie at home), I decided that maybe, during her nap time, I could begin reading for fun again.  With that idea, I searched for my first fictional reading adventure, but, instead found a self-help book that caught my eye.  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has been a bestseller for a number of years now, and evidently Emily Gilmore tidied up, without me finding out until this year.  Basically, the concept is this:  rather than looking through your closet, choosing what to throw out or donate, you’re looking for the keepers, in a rather interesting way.  First, you must follow the exact order that this professional organizing veteran has laid out; and it starts with clothing.  Take all your clothes into your living room. Everything from the closet.  Empty the dresser.  Get your winter clothes from the attic.  Grab your jackets from the coat closet.  And don’t forget the laundry room items.  Pile them all up into one massive heap in the middle of the floor.  That’s right, one massive heap.

(When I did this, seeing the giant mountain brought tears to my eyes.  How in the world had I accumulated all of these clothes?  I was overwhelmed.)

Following the instructions, hold each item up and ask yourself, “Does this bring me joy?”  Don’t ask how much it cost you, or if it’s something you should keep.  Does this bring you joy?  Sometimes a frilly, frou-frou dress brings joy.  Sometimes a worn-out t-shirt does the trick.


Does This Spark Joy

But we all have that item that just doesn’t feel great with a scratchy tag, or maybe we feel frumpy in it.  Those items are the ones that we don’t need in our lives.  Keep the ones that bring you joy.   Now, I know, you’re wondering if you’ll end up with any clothing at all, but according to the author, you’ll end up with just the correct amount of clothes.

So, I did it, one by one.  I held up each item, and thought about the joy factor.  And I ended up with FIVE Hefty bags of discards that day!  And my closet is still, somehow, full.  My hubby and my son went through this same “experiment,” and we will probably do it again in a couple months.  It was actually quite rewarding, getting rid of that textile weight.  What remains in your wardrobe, should then be those items which make you happy, bringing joy to you as you wear them.  Life is too short to be miserable with a scratchy tag on the back of your neck!

Tidying Up Mens Shirts

Once I had these clothes bagged up, I searched for a creative way to dispose of them.  My sister loves her online closet sale page, but I wanted the clothes out of my house, so I opted for  With Swap, they send a labelled package to you, you fill it up, and then send it back.  They’ve covered the postage until your clothes sell.  You determine your clothes’ sales prices, and they do all the work.  And they send payments to your PayPal account.  Here’s a screen shot of my Swap account today.

Finding Money in Your Closet

Woohoo!  I have found over $260 so far in my closet, just hanging there.  If you’d like to send in your extras, click here.

Now, on the flip side, if you’re looking for great deals, check out what’s available for sale on Swap.   From the cutest outfits for a baby, to a pair of jeans (or 5) for your hubby, the value is here.

Thanks for reading, and make sure to drop a comment if you try out Swap!  Feel free to post a screenshot of your haul.



Find money Hanging in Your Closet


  1. Katie | 19th Oct 17

    My pile would be so large I might just get lost in it! Hmm maybe I should try this next time need a moment to my self. From screaming kiddos lol! I can really see the value in this idea though! I just got rid of a few clothing items last week that I have had forever and not worn in a long time! I can totally relate to keeping clothes for all the wrong reasons!

    • Alicia Day | 19th Oct 17

      Katie, My pile was like that! Usually you’d think to go through the pile to find the things you don’t want. But, in this case you’re looking for those joy-bringers, so it narrows it down pretty quickly. Also, if you get to an item that’s sentimental, it automatically goes into a different pile for later, so you don’t get bogged down. Go for it! Little by little. Baby steps. 👊🏻💕

  2. Andrea | 20th Oct 17

    It’s amazing how good cleaning out our closets can make us feel (at least for me)

  3. Melissa | 20th Oct 17

    I did this the last time I moved. It was a great to get rid of all of that unnecessary clothing that never got worn or led to discomfort. I really should do it again! Thank you for the reminder. Now, if I could get my husband to do it…

    • Alicia Day | 20th Oct 17

      Melissa, The craziest thing happened: once I did it, my hubby decided to do it also, along with my son. Their closets look so much better now!

  4. Keisha Russell | 20th Oct 17

    I know that my pile would be so large as well. This is a great reminder today that we all have clutter that we need to get rid of in our lives in order to find true joy.

  5. Susan Evans | 20th Oct 17

    I’ve done something similar to my closet for years. I keep only the clothing that I use or love and get rid of the rest. I didn’t know there was a way to make money off your clothes besides having a yard sale.

    • Alicia Day | 20th Oct 17

      Susan, in our rural town, having a yard sale is not usually very profitable. With this Swap service, I have received MUCH more than I could have on my own, and saved a LOT of hard work!

  6. Sheila | 20th Oct 17

    I’m definitely going to try Swap. I tried ThreadUp, but I wasn’t a fan. I love that you can put your own price on your items. I will let you know how it goes!

    • Alicia Day | 20th Oct 17

      Sheila, Yes! Please let me know how it goes, and if you use one of my links above, you’ll also get a credit on your account. Keep me posted!

  7. JJ | 21st Oct 17

    I have never heard of SWAP before. Great idea! I am guilty I need to clean out my closet too. Finding the time is the challenge.

  8. Kristi | 21st Oct 17

    I’ve read that book and worked through the process and was shocked by how much we ended up giving away! I need to go through it again since we have moved…once again my idea of what I like and want has changed.

    • Alicia Day | 22nd Oct 17

      Yes, we are going to go through it again too. And it will be easier now that I know how great the end result can be!

  9. Emily | 22nd Oct 17

    Hey Alicia!

    I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up as well, and I’m now on to the follow up book, Spark Joy. I’ve found a lot of value and perspective in both reads (I’m not finished with the 2nd book yet), and have learned to not only look at the things I have differently, but also shop differently as a result. I’ve also started folding the KonMari way, and boy what a space-saver that is!


    • Alicia Day | 22nd Oct 17

      Emily, Just the simple change in folding clothes is so remarkable, isn’t it? I love being able to see all the clothing in a drawer at once. I haven’t finished Spark Joy yet, either, but, I agree that is in a great resource as well. Thanks for commenting.

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