8 Things I Learned From Cleaning 9 Bags of Clothes Out of My Closet

Cleaning out my closet is a scary task. Like most, I tend to hold on to things much longer than I should; allow my drawers and racks turn into a chaotic mess that no, mom, I am not too proud of; and inevitably end up going down memory lane, which takes up time I do not have. Despite getting the jitters every time I cleanse a piece of clothing from my life, I also experience an extreme high once the cleansing actually starts. I get everything must go! energy, and the next thing you know, I have no pants. It's a slippery slope, my friends, and clearly, I cannot be trusted to clean out my closet all on my own. That's where Tradesy comes in.

Tradesy is a peer-to-peer marketplace (meaning you can both buy and sell) for women's luxury fashion, but it also has a new concierge service that, when I first heard about, felt like it was concocted for me and my obstructive organizational ways. This service is essentially your one-stop shop for expert assistance while purging, organizing, and selling or donating your clothing. How it works is this: Two concierge stylists come to your home and help you with the aforementioned tasks. Two strangers in my apartment going through my hell hole of a closet? No, thank you. But also, by all means, have at it. I signed up and haven't been happier about a decision in a long time.

In an effort to avoid as much embarrassment as possible, I naturally pre-cleaned as much of my closet. When the two (adorable and extremely friendly, might I add) stylists came over for my service, they laughed at me as I walked them through my pre-set piles of T-shirts, denim, dresses, outerwear, and knitwear, as I essentially just did a large portion of what they came over to do for them. Or at least, I thought I had. It wasn't until they pulled out their own clothing rack, took all (yes, all) of my clothes out of my closet, rehung every item, and made me go through everything section by section that I realized the work here had only just begun.

A little background knowledge on these Tradesy concierge stylists: "The Tradesy Closet Concierge Stylists are a group of highly vetted professionals from design schools, fashion houses, and beyond. Items collected by stylists for resale will be sold on Tradesy. This program offers not only a high-touch, personalized service, but it also offers women the opportunity to make the most out of the items they resell. The tiered commission structure is the lowest in the industry, enabling women to make up to twice as much as with other resellers." Oh, yeah, and they take everything away and sell it for you. No there's no catch, as these girls really do all the nitty-gritty for you, but they teach you invaluable closet organizational skills along the way. Long story short, after this experience, I was left 9 huge bags of clothes lighter, a pristine-looking closet, and closet organization tips that will stay with me forever.

Read on below as my stylists, Jacquelyn Beaulieu and Maggie Boynton, in addition to Kamini Rangappan Lane, chief marketing officer of Tradesy, spill their expert tips and tricks for ensuring you clean out your closet to the best of your ability every time. Some of them you might already practice, but I can promise you that most of these tips rocked my world, and I hope they rock yours too.

For pricing and more information on the Tradesy Closet Concierge service, click here