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How To Get More Out Of Your Wardrobe Without Spending $$

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    Inevitably, when I start going through my drawers and closet at the beginning of a season, I realize something. I had so many more clothes that I could have been wearing! They were just hiding behind or underneath something (or both).

    If I had a closet like Cher in Clueless, this would never be a problem. Unfortunately, an automated dream closet isn't going to happen in my one-bedroom apartment any time soon. What is doable, though, is taking my closet digital so I can see what I wear, what I don't, and outfit combinations I'd never thought of, right in the palm of my hand.

    Taking your closet game to the next level doesn't have to be costly or time-consuming. And once you're done, you can figure out what you don't really need so you can sell it online and make some cash.

    So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!

    This month, we're asking you to toss out everything you thought you knew about spring cleaning and give every corner of your life a refresh. The inspiration for a happier, clutter-free you is right this way. And for more tips on what to do with your old stuff, head here.

    This article was originally published February 29, 2016.


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    Closet Track
    Free on iOS

    Closet Track is a simple, but efficient app for cataloging your closet and every purchase you make moving forward. Just add a clothing or accessory category (you can be as general or specific as you'd like) and then snap a photo of each sweater and pair of boots and add them to your inventory.

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    After you buy something new, keep track of the receipt (you can photograph the paper receipt or screenshot an emailed copy) by filing it into categories by store. That way, if you ever have an issue and need to return an item or file a complaint, you know where your payment details are.

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    Glamoutfit
    Free on iOS

    Before you add clothes to your digital closet on Glamoutfit, take the app's style quiz. This will help to create a "style profile" that other users can reference if and when you ask them to help you put together a look.

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    When you do go to upload clothes, you can take pictures of each item in your closet or, go the easier route, and import photos from the websites where you bought each item. So, if most of your clothes are from Madewell or Zara, you can just go to those sites and add what you've bought to the app.

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    Not sure what to wear as the weather cools down? Press the "Style Me" button to have friends or other app users sort through your closet to assemble an outfit. You can add details about what kind of look you're going for, and whether or not it needs to be work-appropriate.