The leaves are changing, temperatures are cooling off and your wardrobe is shifting from shorts and tees to jeans and pullovers. It’s a great opportunity to give your closet a quick clean-out by purging unused items from the summer. Clear out space now to make room for fall and winter seasonal items. Next summer will thank you!
Keep clothing you wore this summer. The items that you feel great in and often receive compliments on.
It’s time to say thank you and good bye if….
6 items to let go:
Another tip – purge all season long! Find a space in a closet, garage, laundry room or basement for a box or bag. Pick a spot that is easy to access. Label the box, “Donations”. Throughout the season as you come across clothing you no longer need or want, toss it in the box! When the box gets full, donate it. And remember to start a new Donations box. I do this all year long so my closet clean-out is not a huge project each season. Clothing that doesn’t fit right, has gone out of style or you have grown tired of – in the box it goes. I do this for my kids too, who grow out of clothes nearly every year.
If you have high value items that you’d prefer not to simply donate, consider a clothing swap. Get a group of friends together and invite everyone to bring a specified # of clothing pieces they no longer want to keep. Everyone can take turns shopping other friend’s items. No money is exchanged, rather each friend goes home with a set of new clothes. Read this Martha Stewart article on how to host a clothing swap.
Selling online (Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay) or to clothing consignment stores are also good alternatives to donating.
If you’d like to make sure clothing goes to someone in need, consider seeking out cause specific non-profit organizations. Please only donate items in good condition that have been laundered and folded. Some ideas in the Madison, WI area include: