The Tipping List
Spring-Clean the Closet
Five great reasons to get rid of or give away old clothes
By: Jessica M. Love
Springtime is upon us. Everything is new … new blossoms on the trees, new scents in the air, new clothes … oh, yes, new clothes! Isn’t it lovely to be a woman? Nothing says happy spring like a new wardrobe full of the latest fashions.
But before you go out and buy Nordstrom’s whole spring line, go through your closet to make room for it. With everything new coming in, some of the old should go out. For many, giving away clothes can be slow and painful, but too bad – it’s a must-do!
Why should you get rid of your old favorites, you ask? Please read on – there are plenty of reasons.
1. Other people need the clothes much more than you do. Across the nation, there are plenty of women who can’t afford new clothes and often depend on Goodwill or Salvation Army stores to find proper attire. If you donate your collection of gently worn clothes, not only will you clear your closet, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped another person.
2. The clothes don’t fit. Whether you’ve lost 10 pounds or gained five, clothes that no longer fit are likely not going to fit next season either. Avoid having a discussion with yourself about whether you’ll need them for your future figure. Clothe your beautiful body in garments that fit!
3. The letters on the shirt are peeling off, the pattern has faded, the fabric is pilling or the pocket is dangling by a thread. Come on, toss those pieces. You will probably never sew the pocket back on, faded colors won’t self-rejuvenate, and you’ll just look sloppy in old, torn-up clothes. And one more thing: Please throw these out – don’t donate them! No one wants old, yucky clothes.
4. You wore the dress to prom or to a sorority formal. Sorry, these have to go. Yes, they hold sentimental value, but the event to which you could wear them again will likely never arise. In fact, there are specific shops that take secondhand prom dresses and formal gowns to sell to girls who can’t afford to buy one at full price. There are also charities that give to girls in need, such as the Princess Project and the Glass Slipper Project.
5. It’s patent leather, spandex or polyester. Outdated looks have got to go. The majority of these fabrics have been permanently retired for good reason. Sure, they can be cute as accents on a full ensemble, but ultimately, if it’s a look that classifies an era, you’re never going to wear it again – nor should you want to! Fill your closet with new trends and classics.