New Year, New Closet Purge!

It happens twice a year in our home. The closet purge. They tend to occur each year around the same time, new years and spring in our household. There is just something about this time of year, maybe all the ‘New Year, New Me’ commercials and advertisements? Who knows, but I get suckered right in. So my honey and I headed to our closets and began our Sunday mission — clear the clutter.

DSC_0788If it wasn’t worn in the last year, it was gone. Here’s a shot of the pieces I pulled from the closet, ready to donate. We bagged them up and headed to Goodwill of Orange County to make our donations. But for this trip I had a little more in mind: I was looking for some new work blazers and some jeans to DIY some new summer cut offs.

DSC_0824Does anyone else hate paying $100 for blazers or $50 for half a pair of pants? Yeah this gal, too. I’ll be honest I typically only head to Goodwill for donations and to peruse during Halloween, but with Goodwill of Orange County’s recent renovations of their stores, I have been dying to glance around their new OC Goodwill Boutique stores. I headed to the Huntington Beach OC Goodwill Boutique for my first experience.

DSC_0808I originally intended to only grab some old jeans and blazers. You know the deal, pop in and out — but does a shopping trip ever go as quickly as planned?

I was truly taken aback by how many wardrobe essentials I discovered at Goodwill for both work and working out!

DSC_0803When it comes to workwear, I love a versatile skirt. When building a wardrobe there is no better advice than to stock up on good fitting, versatile bottoms. Give me a skirt that fits just right and the numerous outfit options with a simple button-up, blouse, tank, or cardigan are endless. How adorable is this peplum style skirt pictured above? The grey color makes it easy to pair with a variety of colors and patterns.

DSC_0804And when it comes to tops, I am in love with the non-conventional neutrals; tans, blushes, and grays. I gravitate towards blushes and pale pinks as they are as much a neutral as black or white in my wardrobe, and I loved how everything was color coordinated for me! I went right to the blush tops and was glanced at every blouse!

DSC_0810Did you catch the entire rack of white pants? Let’s be honest, no wardrobe is complete without a pair of perfect-fitting white jeans.

And of course, like every other human being, I make that personal resolution to up my workout game in the new year so all of the athletic wear (at a fraction of the price) was a huge bonus. The best part? I cleared out so many hangers by donating my old items I was able to make room for new pieces without the added guilt. Oh yeah, and did I mention the guilt free price tags? Another new years resolution (save moolah) I can check off my list. 😉

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The bottom line: head to a Goodwill store near you to find wardrobe essentials for a fraction of the price of any department store. I found a great, versatile work skirt, a handful of neutral tops and blouses, white jeans AND workout clothes!

As a teacher, I was also pleasantly surprised at how many things I was able to find for my classroom. How cute are these pre-packed sticker collections? It had four different sets for only $1.99! I immediately filled my cart with a ton of Valentine’s Day goodies for my class and some of my favorite Paper Mate pens!

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I was pretty stoked to come across scooters (for only $9.99!!!!) and immediately jumped on and started telling childhood stories of racing down our hilly San Diego street. Since I am often found on my bike and roller blades around our neighborhood, I was tempted to make the purchase until babe caught my near (fatal if you as me) crash.

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In the end, I didn’t find a blazer or pair of jeans for my next DIY project, but I did leave with a bag full of other wardrobe essentials and goodies for my classroom! Which is a total win for me as I have never purchased school items from Goodwill and us teachers are always looking for a deal.

I was able to clear out my closet for a good cause, get a head start on some wardrobe essentials and keep my wallet happy.

Is it weird I am already looking forward to my spring closet purge so I can have a valid excuse to come peruse through the racks, old records and ride scooters around again?

This post was contributed by local blogger XO Christine Marie. Keep up with her and her future Goodwill finds on Instagram and Twitter!

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