The One Simple Tip That Will Keep Your Closet in Check

With spring-cleaning season in full swing, many of you are probably knee-deep in your annual closet cleanout. Like so many people out there, we used to go months in between cleaning out our closets—at which point we’d need to devote an entire weekend to the task. So after the last major closet cleanout, we decided to institute a new method to continually keep our closets in check. Unlike the complex Konmari method, this process revolves around one simple rule that literally eliminates clutter and makes the concept of spring-cleaning obsolete: Every time you purchase a new item of clothing, you must get rid of something you already have in your closet. Using this method will force you to think about what items really deserve a precious piece of real estate in your closet. But it also places no limit on the amount of new pieces that you can buy each season, allowing you to continue to stay on trend.

ThredUP is a one-stop shop when it comes to cleaning out pieces you no longer wear and finding fashion-forward clothing to replace them with

How adorable is this like-new coral ruffle tank that we found on thredUP? It’s from J.Crew and just $11.99 (86% off retail!) and is the perfect addition to any spring and summer wardrobe.


When we started using this rule, we were excited to discover thredUP, an online consignment store where you can both clean out and sell your own pieces and shop for a range of top brands and designers (from Madewell to Zara to Joie) at up to 90 percent off the original retail price. ThredUP is a one-stop shop when it comes to cleaning out pieces you no longer wear and finding fashion-forward, on-trend clothing to replace them with. And if you’re a style blogger, thredUP is an amazing resource for putting together new outfit posts for a fraction of the price it would cost otherwise! And as if that wasn’t enough to convince you, upcycled clothing is also the environmentally friendly option, since shopping second-hand is always better for our planet. Every Clean Out Bag sent to thredUP keeps 206lbs of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, saves 17,916 gallons of water, and keeps 24 items out of landfills.

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This adorable new-with-tags Seafolly one-piece swimsuit in a pineapple print was only $40.49 (70% off the retail price).

The shockingly simple rule that will keep your closet permanently in check

We recently placed an order with thredUP to put together a couple new outfits that we wanted to share with you. Everything arrived in the cutest polka dot box, and looked just as described online. Shopping for second-hand pieces can sometimes be a time-intensive treasure hunt, where you have to spend hours digging through racks of less-than-chic clothing in order to find the perfect piece. ThredUP streamlines the process, since everything in their shop is made up of a carefully curated selection of new or like-new pieces. You can sort by your favorite brand, color, size, or item type to shop for only the kinds of pieces you are actually looking for.

Trading in our heavier pieces for this super cute black shift dress and clutch from thredUP

We could not be more obsessed with our new Vince clutch! We snagged this thredUp find for only $58.49, instead of the $148 it retails for. And the adorable Three Dots dresswas $28.49 (76% off retail).


We’ve been loving easy, breezy shift dresses recently. And with the warmer weather in full force, it was time to swap out some of our sweaters and jeans for more lightweight options. So, we traded in some of our heavier pieces for this super cute black shift dress and clutch from thredUP.

We snagged the dress and bag for less than $75

We snagged the dress and bag for less than $75, which is a huge score!

Team LC's best kept closet organization secret

Lately, we’ve been having a serious love affair with espadrilles. So, when it was time to clean out of closets of boots and scarves and add in some more summery pieces, espadrilles were at the top of the list.

The one stop shop for your summer wardrobe

We picked up these adorable (and oh-so comfortable) espadrille flats and the Joie button down, which will undoubtedly become staples in our summer wardrobe. The best part? They are both like-new and we got them for 75% off their regular prices. The Joie shirt was only $34.49 if you can believe it, instead of the original $158. What’s better than a purchase that’s on-trend, affordable and eco-friendly?! Now we can afford to spruce up our summer wardrobes withour breaking the bank.

What did you think? Are you excited to shop thredUP yourself?

If you want to try thredUP too you can use our code LC40 to get 40 percent off your entire order (up to $50 off, for first time shoppers only)! But act fast because the code expires on June 30, 2016.

XO Team LC

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  • Cassidy Short

    I have not heard of ThredUP, but I am so glad I know what it is now! Love the concept of discarding something everytime you buy something new…I need to learn to live by that 🙂


  • manuela

    Hi Lauren I didn’t know about ThredUP and I thank you to share this with us!
    I’m going to make shop on this new brand!
    xoxo M.

  • Taste of France

    The idea of discarding every time you buy could just turn into churn, which is hard on the pocketbook and terrible for the environment (see the recent MSNBC report on fast fashion). Buying used helps, as does selling your own used to be worn by someone else, so bravo to ThredUp. Just don’t toss in the trash.

  • Love the closet cleaning idea!

    xo, Carey

  • Jessica

    I had no idea thredUp existed until I read this post! I love the idea of a store buying and selling second-hand clothes that won’t break the bank. I love this <3 I also like the idea of discarding something after you buy something new. There are so many out there who don't have the privilege of buying clothes at all, and I can help donate my clothes to someone else in need.

    Thank you for the reminder!

    • LaurenConradOnline

      So glad you are as excited about it as we are! Can’t wait to hear about your experience with it. 🙂 You’re sure to find some adorable pieces!

  • Amanda Fricks

    I definitely need to sell some stuff! Thanks!

  • Kari Guastella

    I just love those hangars. Super cute! I’ve never tried Thredup. I’ll have to check it out!

  • I love this idea! I have to check it out. Also I absolutely love those hangers!

  • Those hangers are so cute, I need something similar to brighten up my wardrobe!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Kathryn Miller

    I love Thred Up! It’s definitely my favorite online consignment store. You can order the bags for free and then you just toss in your gently-used clothing and send it off, free of charge! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to consign their nice clothing, but doesn’t want the hassle. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this post!

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    I do need to go through and clean out my closet a bit. There’s so much that I haven’t touched in so long—it’s due to be updated 😉

    Ashley | Sunday Brunch

  • Wow this sounds like such an interesting service! 🙂 Will definitely have to check it out! Haha and noooo! Throwing or giving away things is the hardest part, but you do bring up a very valid point. If we keep buying without getting rid of things, then our closet will overlow sooner or later.

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Never heard of ThredUp but I do love the concept! But first, can we talk about your rule of getting rid of something every time you buy something else. Scary!!!!!! I don’t know if I could do that but I should!! I know I only wear a third of my closet anyways! Don’t tell anyone that, okay?

    Xox Dana Ivy //

  • Rebecca Kaye Hartness Miller

    I loved my first shopping experience, got great buys, saved around $200 off original price, received items, they great, just like advertised, Thanks