Happy Spring. It’s finally February, after what felt like one of the longest January’s ever. Every February, I do the usual Spring Cleaning. There’s something extremely refreshing about starting over, revamping your wardrobe. When style’s begin to go out of fashion, we tend to hoard these worn out items, in hope that they’ll be back in fashion. I’m a massive hoarder, and find any and every reason to hold on to old shoes and coats. Spring cleaning is the ultimate excuse to get rid of items, with the goal to refresh your wardrobe for the new year. But why not be sustainable too? Here are some of my best guidelines when Spring Cleaning!
30 Wears: When you begin to rid old clothing and shoes, ask yourself the same question over and over, when reconsidering keeping something. Can I get another 30 wears out of this? If you follow Orla Sheridan, you may be familiar with her 30 Wears rule, something which has been drilled into my head. I do not pick up an outfit in-store without thinking Will I wear you 30 times? and if the answer is no, put it back. Considerably, this is the same for achieving a fresh wardrobe. When throwing out items, ask yourself if you can get 30 wears out of an old dress or skirt. If you feel like it’s run it’s course, pop it into a plastic bag and move on with your life.
If the shoe fits: If you find an old pair of jeans that are a little tight fitting, or perhaps don’t fit at all, consider saying Adios. We as women tend to convince ourselves that after a little change in body weight, we must hold on to the items we once fit into, in hope that they’ll be worn again. The chances are, your weight will change again, but meanwhile, that sad little pair of jeans will remain in your wardrobe, awaiting your return. Save yourself that wardrobe space and get rid of what does not fit. When you return to a size you’re most comfortable with, treat yourself to a new pair!
After throwing your least loved items into an unwanted pile, create a two way divide. Donate or Sell. If some of your items are torn or out of use, create a toss pile, in which you can bin later. Otherwise, consider whether or not you would rather sell or donate items. Would someone buy this off me? Is this worth donating?
Donating clothing or shoes can be quite rewarding. You’re lending a charitable hand to those who need it the most, while being as sustainable as possible. If items are re-wearable, but lack much of a resale value, consider donating them. People love charity fashion, and someone will find love for an item that’s a little outdated. Consider washing all of your clothing before distributing it to a charity store out of good will and respect. Ensure that it’s still wearable, looking for rips and stains. Donating clothing is extremely charitable and sustainable. You are getting the best of both worlds.
Another option which a lot of people tend to reach for, is selling their clothes online, or at a car boot sale. Selling clothes which are in good condition, or relatively new and in fashion, is usually the best option. If there is little to no resale value, you may as well donate it. For example, if I bought a skirt last Summer which is still unique and in fashion, but I’ve outworn it, maybe I could consider reselling the item for the coming Summer, at a lower, but reasonable price.
Some excellent websites for selling clothing quickly online are as follows:
Before you sell your clothes online, make sure that you investigate each source correctly, to ensure that both you and the customer are benefiting properly. If you wish to set up your own shipping price, consider websites like EBay and Depop. Be mindful of how you price your items. Are they of high value? Are they a little run down and therefore cheaper? Don’t overcharge someone for something which you paid less for. The idea behind buying and selling is to be sustainable friendly, leading by example. How you buy and sell will reflect the person you are. Attempting to sell something for more than it’s worth will not satisfy the needs or desires of customers. It’ll also slow down a stealthy movement in selling produce!
All in all, buying, selling and distributing clothes to charity stores has its perks. It’s sustainable. Throwing out good wear is rarely satisfying, if you’re creative, consider repairing old clothes with buttons and badges to give them life. If there’s little wear left, pop them into a clothes bin and move on. You’ll be sad to say goodbye, but delighted with the amount of space left in your wardrobe!