The Closet Purge “Scourge”

How are your resolutions coming? If one of them involved some purging to “tidy up” around the house, please consider that thrift stores and charitable organizations often receive far more than they can actually sell or give away.

This may result in some major thrift store chains throwing out more stuff than you realize. Sometimes, your “donations” may just be taking a detour to the landfill.

While donating is still a great option, check with the store or organization to find out what they accept and, more importantly, what they WANT. When you drop off items they can’t reuse, the best of intentions can instead result in making their work more difficult and more costly.

Here are some other ways to avoid the “purge scourge” with your old clothes:

• Create a clothing swap event with your family, friends and neighbors.
• Post items you would like to give away on community sites like Nextdoor. Or try selling your old clothes on Facebook Marketplace.
• Avoid buying “fast fashion.” Invest in well-made clothing that is functional, beautiful, and interchangeable.
• Repurpose an old item. If you don’t sew, find a friend who can help you, take a class, or watch online tutorials.
• Remove buttons and zippers and use old clothing items as rags.
• Use old unsaleable clothing and bedding as stuffing for pet beds.
• Donate dress clothes to groups like Dress for Success or directly to smaller non-profits.

And remember, if you are trying to REDUCE your “stuff,” you can’t keep buying more stuff  that fills your home all over again!

Photo credit: Andrei Stanescu | iStock | Getty Images Plus

This article appeared in the Fall/Winter 2019 edition of “Reduce, Reuse, Rethink Burbank,” a publication produced for our client, the City of Burbank, California. 

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