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It’s spring cleaning time friends! Over the past few weekends, I’ve been slowly moving through our apartment, cleaning, organizing and decluttering. The next item on my agenda: the master closet. Switching your wardrobe from winter to summer clothes is one of the great joys in life. I get such a thrill every time I unpack something fabulous that I have forgotten about. Inevitably though, I run across a few items that are just not working for me anymore and need to go.
So once you clean out your closet, what should you do with the discarded clothes? Here are some options:
Turn them into cash: Clothes that are in good condition, unique and/or in style can be taken to your local resale/consignments shop, sold on eBay and Craigslist, or set out at your next garage sale. You definitely won’t recoup near what you paid for each item, but you can make some money to help offset the cost of new pieces in your wardrobe.
Donate them: Aside from the old standby, Goodwill, women’s shelters are always in need of clothes. Many of the women at shelters have left their homes abruptly, leaving behind many of their possessions. Donated clothes help these women rebuild their wardrobe and have something to wear to job interviews.
Recycle them: Many thrift stores, like Goodwill and Salvation Army, have recycling programs for clothes that are no longer wearable, so you can take the donation pile and the “throwaway” pile to the same place. So what happens to the clothes? Many are turned into mattress filing, insulation or carpet underlay. More details on how to recycle clothes (and other items) and can be found in a recent Design*Sponge post.
Host a clothing swap party: This idea has always sounded so fun to me! Just because you’re tired of an item, doesn’t mean someone else won’t think it’s great! Not sure how swap parties work? Here are some tips to help you plan.
Visit your tailor: Sometimes the only thing wrong with a piece of clothing is the fit. This is something that can in most cases be fixed by a good tailor. For example, I bought an expensive pair of jeans a few years back that were a little long. My intention was to wear them with heels. Well I only did this once or twice and they just sat in my closet. Rather than toss them, I took them to my tailor to have them shortened and now I get much more wear out of the jeans.
Repurpose them for craft projects: If the fabric is really great, perhaps you could turn it into something fabulous! I’ve seen some pretty amazing projects on Pinterest where bloggers have turned old clothing into all sorts of items, such as throw pillows, stuffed toys or even new clothes.
Save them for your kids: My mom saved very little clothes from when she was a teen or 20-something and I’ve often felt envious of my friends who have authentic vintage pieces saved by family members. Before I do a major clothing purge, I often will save one or two pieces that are really unique as a keepsake.
What do you do with your old clothes?