spring cleaning

  • Here's What Can Happen to Your Body If You Skip Spring Cleaning

    All that dust and pet dander can impact your respiratory and immune systems in a big way.

  • The mental and emotional benefits of spring cleaning

    Life coaches share the emotional, professional, and mental benefits of spring cleaning.

  • Spring Cleaning: How to Get the Most Money for Your Fashion Merch on eBay

    It is prime spring cleaning time — but before you start rummaging through your closet, Yahoo Style is here to help you get the most bang for your buck for those castaway items you’ll soon be putting in your “to sell” pile.Yahoo Style consulted eBay to find out which fashion items are the most popular and have the biggest selling power on their global marketplace. EBay determined that Louis Vuitton handbags are some of the most valuable. EBay took an average of different Louis Vuitton handbag types and found that new ones can be sold for upwards of $1,000 on the site, while used bags are typically sold within the $600 to $700 range.Another trending and valuable item is the iconic Burberry trench coat. If you have a used one, you can expect to earn approximately $160 to $200, while a new coat can bring in $400 to $500.What else made the list? A wide variety of popular fashion shoes and accessories from designers such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Stuart Weitzman, and Rihanna‘s footwear line, Fenty Puma.Click ahead to see the full list of items and their resale values, but before you start your selling spree, read below for some tips from Laura Chambers, eBay’s vice president of consumer selling, to help you become an expert seller.Take clear, detailed images. “To maximize visual appeal, include multiple photos of the item from different angles in good light with a plain background.”This includes photographing clothes on hangers, and including close-up photos of hangtags, “patterns, trims, or textured materials.” For shoes, make sure to take photos at all angles, “top, sides, and soles.” For bags, be certain to show the interior and exterior. Especially if an item is used, be transparent and photograph all “flaws and scuffs.”Create an effective title.“Titles affect how your item will show up in search results, so remember to include important keywords like the brand name, size, or other descriptors that a buyer might look for.”Write a detailed listing.“Accurate descriptions help your buyers shop with confidence. Be sure to describe the condition of your item, including the brand, style, and model number, and be upfront about any flaws or if the item is pre-owned.”Determine the best price.“On ebay.com, search for active listings or sold items to see what your item (or one that’s similar) is selling for. That will help determine a fair price for both you and the buyer.”Make a competitive price. “Buyers are often searching for items that have a low combined price and shipping charge, so price your items competitively and you’ll get the best results.”Read more from Yahoo Style + Beauty:•15 Picture-Perfect Nonfloral Dresses for Summer  •‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Elisabeth Moss: ‘Saying You’re Not a Feminist Is Like Saying You’re Not a Human Being’ •5 Shops Where You Can Buy a Stylish Wedding Dress for $52 … Really!Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyle and @YahooBeauty.

  • How to Store Your Winter Clothes Properly

    We learned that there’s a right way to store clothing and a wrong way. Improper storage can lead to bacteria, yellowing, insects, and all sorts of icky things, which can inevitably result in garment deterioration.

  • 5 Hard Lessons I Learned Spring-Cleaning My Closet

    “American Apparel still makes all the same stuff!” Since I had not actually been inside an American Apparel store in 7 years, ittle did I know that they don’t make the same stuff anymore. The lesson: Try to fix it before you toss it out — or at least make sure it’s still being made. The Lesson: If it looks great on you, keep it — no matter how trendy.

  • How to Spring-Clean Bad Friends From Your Life

    We’re on a spring cleaning kick — and with that, sometimes you need to take a long, hard look at your life and think: Do I need to refresh my friends too?

  • 5 Unexpected & Uplifting Ways to Donate Your Unwanted Clothing

    Where to donate used clothing? Here's a list of our faves, including Coats for Cubs, which takes real fur clothing and uses it to comfort orphaned baby animals.

  • What Yahoo Style’s Staff Is Throwing Out This Spring

    It’s spring cleaning week! After a lot of thought and deliberation, Yahoo Style staffers have chosen our once-prized possessions that we’re finally ready to pack up or bid adieu to. From last season’s biggest trends to items we’ve decided are actually hideous, see what we’re giving away this year.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

  • Keep, Lose, Add: The Ultimate Guide to Spring-Cleaning Your Closet

    In a recent attempt to do some spring-cleaning, I decided it was time to comb through my ever-overflowing wardrobe and clear out the excess. Shirts, skirts, jeans, and jacket — it was all fair game. But despite my best Kondo-esque intentions, my closet remained completely stuffed. Let’s just say that, somehow, no fewer than 36 pairs of jeans remained in my possession — and I’m not even going to get into the other stuff. Turns out I’m a total trend hoarder. Who knows when those baby blue high-waisted wide-legs will come back en vogue? And what about my distressed gray jeggings: Those could be vintagey-cool someday, right? Right??Clearly, I have a problem — and I know I’m not the only one. (Go ahead, admit it!) So I enlisted some trusty experts to help me — and you — figure out what items and trends are worth keeping this season and which deserve a sartorial sayonara. Click through for their answers. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

  • We Talked to a Microbiologist to See How He Cleans His Home to Avoid Spreading Germs

    Apparently, we should be more concerned about our kitchens.

  • Spring Cleaning? Pamela Anderson, Nicole Richie, and Whitney Port Won’t Be Partaking

    At the Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards, we asked celeb attendees to name one item they own that no one could pry from their wardrobe. 

  • The Unexpected Ways Marie Kondo’s Book Changed My Life

    A few months ago I was suddenly flooded with messages from the universe that I should read a little book I’d somehow never heard of, even though it had already caught fire, called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I couldn’t have imagined what it would really mean once I did it, but suffice to say it was life-changing. The Japanese author, Marie Kondo—dubbed the “guru of tidiness and a warrior princess in the war on clutter” by The Times of London—is the real deal. She’s been organizing since the age of 5, when the rest of us had to be nudged repeatedly to clean up our bedrooms, and she’s on a mission to free us from the tyranny of our stuff.