It has (again) been a while since I last updated the blog, and I really have no excuses other than the fact that I haven’t taken any worthwhile photos lately, and I’d rather not post something mediocre. Only the best for my readers! ;)
While I try to keep this blog mostly fun, I did want to take this opportunity to talk about something a bit more serious. God knows I enjoy shopping on a regular basis, and I like my wardrobe to be updated and have a variety of outfits. However, I can’t ignore the fact that frequent shopping (be it clothes or whatever it is you like) is not the most environmentally conscious thing to do. This is why I wanted to say a few words about clothes recycling/donating.
The onset of spring is actually a perfect time to do a little spring cleaning on your closet – out with the old and in with the new. Even if you’re not a frequent shopper like I am, freshening up your closet once in every 3-6 months is a good idea anyway – It gives you a chance to see if your wardrobe really reflects who you are and who you wish to be. Sometimes narrowing down your wardrobe options can also be a good thing, if you wish to have few items but of high quality. I know I often change my mind about items I once thought were perfect, and even if I don’t, sometimes my body changes it for me (going up a size and what not…).
In Israel, there are many organizations that would be happy to accept your clothing items, as long as they are in good condition of course (Wizo and Pitchon Lev, just to name a couple). There are also some cities that have recycling bins for used clothing. Whatever country you live in, I’m sure you can find a place that will happily take clothes to pass them on to less fortunate people.
If you’re having a hard time parting with your old clothing, I believe these two rules of thumb will help you decide which items are keepers and which you should get rid of:
- If you haven’t worn something in over a year – it’s time to let it go. (pregnancy is the only exception I’m willing to accept here)
- If you bought something and haven’t worn it even once, and it’s been a while, you’re probably not going to wear it. Goodbye!
There are many other tips and pointers, but I think these two are the ones that are true in almost any situation. I strongly encourage to give away clothing at least once a year. It will make you feel better for doing a good deed, and also help you refresh your wardrobe.
I’d be happy to hear your tips for cleaning out your closet.
Good luck and happy spring cleaning!