5 fabulous reasons to clean out your closet

Marie Kondo's life-changing magic has devotees making space for clothes they love

5 fabulous reasons to clean out your closet

Does it spark joy? Actually, it does. If you’ve experienced even an hour of tidying with Marie Kondo’s life-changing KonMari method, or if you’ve opened your closet even once to see only styles you truly love, then you know. But, if you’re not yet a Konvert, and it’s hard to imagine dedicating hours to decluttering, read on. The benefits that come from cleaning out your closet and shopping secondhand are many.

1. You can make room for the things that matter

What does a life free of clutter mean to you? When you keep only those items that truly speak to you in your home, it makes everything easier and more gratifying—getting dressed, packing for a trip, or just putting things back in their place after a day out. Give yourself a clutter-free closet and an undeniable sense of calm and clarity.


2. You can help the planet

There are huge environmental benefits of clothing resale, like keeping textile waste out of landfills (which adds up to 19 billion pounds each year) and saving natural resources required for new garment creation.

3. You'll be a part of the new sharing economy

Many new moms can attest to the fact that their children grow out of clothing at lightning speed. Why not help give your children’s clothes a second life in a new home, while saving another mom money? It’s a win, win.

4. You can make a little cash or support a cause of your choice

Women have an average of 90 items in their closet and about 11 handbags, totaling $8,500 in retail value, but research shows they are not wearing at least 20% of it. Sound familiar? If so, it’s time to clean out. You can earn or donate a few hundred dollars for the clothing that’s just taking up space.

5. If you shop secondhand, you can wear the designer brands you love

For most of us, buying a Marc Jacobs or Tory Burch handbag is a huge investment, and one that you might not be ready for or can afford. But if you buy it resale, you can have those designer duds in your wardrobe at a fraction of the price.

Here at thredUP, the largest fashion resale site featuring women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, we talk with people daily about the benefits and opportunities associated with cleaning out their closets. Every day, we add 10,000 like-new items to our site from brands like lululemon athletica, Diane von Furstenberg, Patagonia, Kate Spade New York, J.Crew and more, with members sending in 750,000 items every month. And as the “living with less” movement continues to grow, so does the chance for your family to enjoy the benefits of buying and selling clothing that can help your mind, wallet and the environment.

ThredUp would love to hear your resale successes and how it is freeing your mind and home. Feel free to drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.

Nature's Way Kids Mulitvitamin

Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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