Something about this beautiful weather makes me want to crawl out of the hibernation cave that is my apartment and bring in some new life, fresh air, and plenty of sunshine! I find that one of the best ways to start feeling refreshed is to go through my closet and get rid of things I haven’t worn for a while.
It can be hard to decide what to do with each piece of clothing, so here is a pretty simple flow chart I came up with to help myself.
Now, I don’t want you to think that this is the end-all-be-all of criteria for making a decision. It’s not. And I am one of those people that throw something out and then need it a week later. Sometimes clothes hold a sentimental value in our hearts (the last jacket your favorite grandma ever gave you before she passed away). Maybe you resolve to lose weight to fit back into your skinny jeans.
Just remember, this is about spring cleaning and out with the old and in with the new! Don’t keep things out of guilt (your sister gave you that shirt, and you’ve never really liked it, and you certainly have never worn it, but it was a gift).
Once you have your three piles of Trash, Donate, and Keep, it’s not too hard to figure out what to do with them. Put all the Trash Clothes into a garbage bag and put that in a Dumpster stat! Put all the Keep Clothes back in your closet or dresser.
Deciding what to do with your Donate Clothes can be a little tricky. There are so many charities that could use your gently used clothes.
My personal favorite is to give it to Big Brothers Big Sisters. I like it because I can take my things to one of their drop off bins when ever I’m out and about. I do it on my own time (day or night) and I don’t have to talk to anyone, I just go to the drop off that’s by my house, leave the car running, put my stuff in the bin and I’m on my way.
St. Anne’s Center is a good one. The D.I. is always looking for donations. Catholic Community Services and The Salvation Army are deserving donation centers. You could also give your things to your church for a rummage sale. If you want to get some money from your clothes, hold your own yard sale.