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cleaning out my closet ~ an earth day post featuring schoola AND a peek at all my shoes

02 maximalist closetI’m pretty excited to share this post with you today, but first things first. It has to be said: I have way too many clothes and shoes. Way. Too. Many. I know this. And I love it. #sorryimnotsorry ;) I will say, the older I get, the looser my grip on my clothing and shoes has become. I get rid of stuff much more readily now than I used to, and I’m pickier about my purchases as well. I’d say that about 85% of my clothing, if not more, is still purchased secondhand — I’ve just learned to spot high quality items. #thrifted #thrifting #yesiknowhashtagsdontworkonblogs

But all of this leads perfectly into what we’re going to chat about today, as well as a little tour of my closet. So even if you lean more toward minimalism than I do, please keep reading. I promise this applies to you, too. Plus you can gawk at the photos of all my stuff. 

Right up front, I’m gonna tell you something pretty exciting for me: this post is in collaboration with Schoola, and they sent me a bag of clothes for posting this. And in alllllll my years of blogging {since like 2005, back on MySpace, ha!}, I’ve never been compensated for a blog post before. Now, granted, I got clothes and not money, but I’m still pretty excited about it. Receiving compensation for blog posts is a touchy subject with some people, and really that’s a topic for another day; but this collaboration was too perfect of a fit for me to pass up. I’m genuinely excited to share with you about this cool company.

To get all the info on Schoola, you can click on over to their site. But I’ll go ahead and give you an idea of what it is and how it works. Basically, it’s an online thrift store that sells nice women and children’s clothing and shoes. It’s kind of like a consignment shop in that they ask for higher quality donations — but instead of you getting back a portion of the sales, they donate a portion {40%!!} to schools in the U.S. and around the world. I love this idea so much! Here’s a screen grab from their site that explains it a little more:

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 2.25.52 PM copy17 maximalist closetThe awesome thing is, you can request donation bags and then you just fill them up and mail them off, no postage required from you! Isn’t that amazing?? I just want to tell all of my mom friends this for when they are getting rid of clothes that their kids outgrow. I mean, could it be any easier?? And it’s for a great cause! Win, win!16 maximalist closetI easily filled the two bags they sent me and I’m gonna drop them off at the post office this afternoon.19 maximalist closetToday, April 22nd, is Earth Day. The purpose of Earth Day is to celebrate this beautiful planet we live on and to encourage us human beings to take better care of it. I’ve always had kind of a hippie spirit, so shopping thrifted clothing is right up my alley. But I know a lot of people shudder at the thought of digging for buried treasures at a local thrift store. {I can’t relate, but I sort of get it, I guess…. ;)} Schoola is such a good solution for that, since they sell clean, nice clothing. Instead of fueling the big, crazy clothing industry, you can shop right from your home or phone {yep, there’s an app for it} for high quality secondhand clothing. Plus, you’re helping keep clothing out of landfills. On top of all, that, you’ll be benefiting education!

What are you waiting for?? Start shopping today! Or, do like me and use this as the perfect reason to kick off a little spring cleaning and request a donation bag so you can start passing along some of the stuff you don’t wear or your kids have outgrown!

Now, here’s a peek into my closet, in all its overabundance. :)01 maximalist closet03 maximalist closet12 maximalist closet04 maximalist closet05 maximalist closet06 maximalist closet15 maximalist closet13 maximalist closetI’ve got a few photos of family members tucked into all the madness in here. My nephews’ cutie baby faces help calm me down when I’m stressing over what to wear. :) And I keep several air purifying plants in here to keep it all so fresh and so clean, clean.14 maximalist closetSo many shoes………And there’s more, keep scrolling. Ha!07 maximalist closet08 maximalist closetI have a pretty good system that works great for me: I’ve hung all my tops in order from sleeveless to long sleeves, grouped by color within each category. My dresses over on the other side of the closet {pictured up above} are also sorted by color. It really does help me find what I want to wear more quickly and easily.09 maximalist closet10 maximalist closet11 maximalist closetThis is the actual outfit I’m wearing right now. {I snapped these pix before work this morning.} It is 100%  thrifted, from top to shoes. I should’ve tossed a scarf on, too, but I didn’t think of that until after I left. I shredded the jeans myself, and I’m pretty pleased with them. :)18 maximalist closetNow, even though the whole point of this post is to really push my love of thrifting on you ;), or at the very least get you to donate {#reducereuserecycle}, if you’d just really prefer to buy new clothes, guess what?? You can do exactly that and still help benefit schools through Schoola! See, Schoola has partnered with ModCloth and they have a whole section of adorable, new dresses you can shop right here!

If you think your blog would be a good fit to partner with Schoola, check out there affiliate page.

Whew! I think I’ve given you every bit of info I can. I’m just so excited that there are companies like this out there! Thanks for reading this novel. :) Happy Earth Day, friends!

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneApril 26, 2016 - 3:59 am

Sigh, your closet is pretty amazing! I’m checking out schoola now and can’t wait to find some awesome secondhand clothing without the effort of sorting. For me it’s about the time that takes, so how awesome of them to make it easy and accessible. Keep up the awesome blogs!

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