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The best 4 ways to clean out your closets

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Happy Spring! As you start your spring cleaning and de-cluttering of your home, don't forget to open up those closet doors or bursting dresser drawers and clean out some of your extra clothes as well.

Whether your items are simply old and dingy, out of style, or something you haven't worn in two years, we've compiled the best ways to get rid of those items without just throwing them in the dumpster!

The best 4 ways to clean out your closets

1. Donate

The first thing that comes to mind when recycling clothing is donating it. If your items are still in good shape and have another life in them, donating them is a great idea! Taking a big bag of clothes and textiles to Goodwill is something most of us have done. However, if you'd rather donate to a company or cause that will distribute the needed items to people in need for no cost, definitely check out your local charities or foundations who focus on helping low-income people. Make sure to also check out your local homeless shelters to see if they're taking donations.

2. Resell

If you have items that you've barely worn, or items that are still in great condition, you might consider reselling them to make a bit of your money back. Items like bridesmaid dresses or other things you bought for a special occasion (but still spent a pretty penny on). If you know you'll never wear it again, why let it take up precious room in your closet? Consider using a local Facebook group to sell items, or there are online resellers such as thredUP for this purpose. Some consignment shops will also buy items from you if you take them in. It doesn't hurt to call around and see which shops near you are currently buying items - and what kind of items they are looking to purchase.

3. Recycle

There are several different resources and organizations that will take your clothing and textiles, even if they're no longer wearable. Every bit of textiles we can keep out of the landfills impacts our environment in a good way. In fact, if we could expand the average life span of clothing by 3 months, it would reduce their waste generation by 5-10%. Source.

Check out this blog for a great list of recycling options. Or find recycling options in your area by putting your zip code into this Recycling Locator

4. Upcycle

What better way to preserve some of your favorite items than creating a one-of-a-kind keepsake! Turn your t-shirts or other clothing items into a t-shirt quilt! If you're up to the project yourself, here's a how you can do it in four easy steps. It's a great way to keep all of your favorite T-shirts (and memories) together in one place. If the project seems a little too daunting, MemoryStitch would be happy to create your special T-shirt quilt for you!


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