Reduce, Reuse, Recycle your Wardrobe
You’re probably getting bored of your drab winter wardrobe and with spring
collections being released in your favorite retailers everywhere; we know you’re
thinking about an upgrade. Here are a few tips on cleaning out your closet and
revamping for spring.
Sort your clothing and accessories into four piles; winter items to store, items that
you want to carry into spring, damaged clothing to throw out and clothing you
want to donate or sell. The clothing you’ll want to store are the obvious ones; thick
knit sweaters, heavy wools and anything you can’t picture yourself wearing in the
warmer months. Items to carry on through to the spring are your basics, denim,
blazers, and sweaters than can be worn as light jackets.
The clothing you will throw out will be anything that has been damaged past return.
Sweaters with pizza stains on them, the jeans you split right up crotch and all those
tights with runs in them that you tried to salvage all winter long, it’s there time to
go and may they rest in peace. If you’re the type that just can’t let go, reuse your
damaged items and turn them into household rags or fun DIY projects.
This next step is by far the hardest step to tackle because at heart, we are all secretly
(or not so secretly) hoarders. Hold up the items in question and think, “When
was the last time I wore this?” Typically, we wear 20% of our clothing, 80% of
the time, so if it’s been 6 months to a year since the last wear, it’s time to recycle
the piece. However, just because you don’t love the piece anymore, doesn’t mean
someone else won’t. Donate the items you don’t want to a local Good Will or Value
Village. If you’re looking to make some extra cash, try selling your old clothing to a
consignment store like Fashionably Yours, Kind Exchange or Lab Consignment.