This is Day 135 of the Green in 365 series!
Now that we’ve thought about our obstacles to building a better wardrobe, the next thing we need to do is purge the clothing that no longer fits or flatters us.
Right now is a great time of year to get rid of the old, outdated, and unflattering clothes in your closet to make better use of the items you love, make room for some new, fresh pieces, and create a closet of clothes that actually work for you!
Take some time in the next few days to go through your closet, trying things on as you go, to weed out the items that no longer work for you. You could ask a friend, sister, or your husband to help you decide what really looks best on you and flatters your body.
As you remove the items from your closet, you can make several different piles:
Pass your unwanted clothes along to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Dress for Success to give someone else a chance to use and love them, and help to keep them out of the landfill. But remember, once a clothing item goes into the donate pile, it can’t go back into your closet!
2. Sell at consignment
For items that are in excellent condition, and still in style, you could look into selling them at a consignment store to make a little extra cash for your unused clothes. There is a great second hand store here called Clothes Mentor – I think they are a chain, so check to see if there is one in your area.
3. Mend or Tailor
There may be a few items in your closet that you love and look good on you, but they need to be mended or taken to the tailor to adjust the fit. If you really will mend them or take them to the tailor, then set them aside for that. But, if you’re more like me and will put them in the mend pile where they will sit for months, or even years, without being fixed, then you’re better off to just go ahead and donate them!
I have made several fun projects from upcycled clothing items over the past year, including a sweater pillow cover, a cute infinity scarf, t-shirt bracelets, and a bag from a sweater to hold my knitting. There is so much great inspiration for upcycled clothes projects on Pinterest. But again, be sure you’re actually going to make a project with these items, not just store them in a pile that takes up space in another part of your house.
Another idea is to host a clothing swap with some of your friends. I really love this idea, and think it’s a great way to give your old clothes new life, while also adding some new clothing items to freshen up your wardrobe!
What else do you do with unwanted clothing from your closet? Can you commit to purging the clothes that don’t work for you out of your closet sometime in the next week?
Also, this weeks’ Bundle of the Week is all about beauty and fashion, and goes along perfectly with our Building a Wardrobe that Works series! Three of these books, Embracing Beauty, The No Brainer Wardrobe, and Frumps to Pumps are all about putting together a wardrobe that works for you with clothes that flatter you and make you feel beautiful! This Bundle is only available this week, so be sure to grab one while you can!
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