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It's a great way to clean out all those pieces and accessories that have been hiding unused in the back of your closet, and make room for fun, fabulous and free new additions. (Image: Ashley Hafstead)
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Host a clothing swap to clean out and refresh your closet this fall

Now that the first hints of fall are in the air, it is the perfect opportunity to clean out your closet. Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall and make room for all your cozy pieces.

The best way to breathe new life into your closet, without breaking the bank, is by throwing a clothing swap party! It's a great way to clean out all those pieces and accessories that have been hiding unused in the back of your closet, and make room for fun, fabulous and free new additions. So, round up your friends and all their excess stuff and start swapping!

The Invites

Start by sending out a Paperless Post invite. Ask the attendees to bring a bottle of champagne and articles of lightly worn, clean clothing, and any accessories they would like to get rid of. Make sure to include a minimum and maximum number of items each person should bring. Have your guests wear pajamas or robes so it is easy for them to try on clothing and be comfortable at the same time.

Set Up

Before your guests arrive, start by decluttering a rack or two in your closet and have empty hangers at the ready so your guests can hang items up for display. Ideally, everyone can easily look through the different pieces and pick out what they like. If you don't have enough room you can always have a few movable racks set up that can serve the same purpose. Next, clear off a shelf, desk or closet island, as this will give you ample space for buckets of champagne, bites and a bouquet or two of fresh flowers.

Organization

A great way to stay organized is to have bags and baskets stacked and labeled with your guests’ names. When your guests arrive they can easily carry them around and put smaller accessories and jewelry into the baskets and larger items such as shoes, hats or clothing in the bags. Don’t forget to designate a changing room for your guests to try on clothing; this could be a bathroom attached to your closet or an extra bedroom.

Have Fun and Take Risks

A clothing swap is the best way to try out that new trend that you have been eyeing such as pattern mixing, high-waisted pants or color-blocking. Because you are not investing any money on these funkier trends, you can be a bit bolder at a clothing swap. And of course, have a killer playlist at the ready. Perhaps start with “Girls, Just Want to Have Fun."

Excess Leftovers

If there are items that no one took and are leftover after your swap party, make sure to take them to Good Will, Martha's Outfitters, a local shelter or your favorite local charity. Happy swapping, babes!

You can see more of Ashley's housing and DIY adventures here.

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