Recycle Your Clothes
I know I’ve looked through my closet more than a few times and said “Gosh, there’s something I’ll never wear again!”. Then, like most people, I close the closet and forget the garment exists. Instead of letting them gather dust for years on end, why not free up a hanger and try something different? We have five great ways to get those clothes out of your closet and put them to good use.
Give to a charity organization, like Goodwill
There are thousands of organizations that will be more than happy to take your clothes off your hands for you, and you don’t have to look far. If you don’t feel like donating to the Goodwill, there are multiple churches that put on clothing drives for families in need. Also consider donating to homeless shelters in your area – you can make a difference!
Hand it Off to a Friend
Do you have any friends who happen to be the same size as you? It’s a great opportunity to help them augment their wardrobe. My entire group of girlfriends have seen the majority of our wardrobes on just about each of us, and it feels very oddly amazing. Plus, when they are done with it, you can propbably havei t back it you want!
Have a “PILE PARTY”
Invite your friends over to your home and ask them to have a swap party! Everyone will bring their unwanted clothing items, and you all start trading. You just throw everything in the middle of the room – unless you are OCD and have the time to fold and hang all of those clothes as they get there. A GF or two don’t currently have clothes to donate, but want to come? They bring the wine or mimosas! Anything that’s not taken will be donated to charity. *TIP: only invite your friends who won’t fight over stuff.
Repurpose Your Clothes
If you have an old pair of jeans that you’re not using, try cutting them up and turning them into a pair of shorts. If you need something to go along with them, do the same with a top to create the ultimate crop. Check out Pinterest for tons of cute, easy ways to DIY the old clothing into newer items.
Donate to Organizations
We mentioned the Salvation Army and Goodwill above, but if you really want to help people out, there are a number of organizations that are in need of clothing, such as those who provide services to battered women, right in your area. You may even want to look up orphanages and large foster homes if you have children’s clothing to donate. They are very often forgotten or passed over for the more easily accessible low-income families.
Even though we’re heading into spring there are plenty of less fortunate individuals who are going to need a warm coat or sweater to survive the long nights. If you really want to make a difference, this is the way to do it.
The are a ton of ways for you to make use of the clothing that you don’t wear anymore, so take a look at our list and ask yourself the most important question: “Do I really need that old top?” If the answer is no, then it’s time to make a choice.