What To Do With Your Pre-loved Items After Purging Your Closet?

Rebecca Arkell | October 9, 2018

With those freezing days around the corner, it’s time to pack away your lightweight wardrobe and replace it with some comfy, autumnal pieces to complement your everyday look.

But while purchasing new seasonal apparel might be fun, dealing with those so-last-season pieces we no longer require isn’t.

Now it’s time to get rid of the closet-space wasters with our essential guide to decluttering for a fresh fashion start.

 

Make some money

When it comes to decluttering, digging out a shirt from the bottom of your closet can bring some gloomy memories. And we’re not necessarily talking about an actual miserable moment which that shirt reminds us of – but the price tag that was attached to it instead.

To make some return on investment and make your wardrobe decluttering more rewarding, consider reselling the pieces you no longer want.

The fashion pieces which are worth selling include accessories such as handbags, sunglasses, well-preserved shoes, jewellery and vintage/quirky clothes, which can be sold for whopping amounts. For hygiene reasons, don’t bother selling swimwear, underwear and body piercing items.

If you’re looking to sell online, sign up to auctions such as eBay, or create a free account with online communities like Vinted where you can sell or swap fashion outfits and accessories with fellow fashion lovers.

You can also think about showcasing your clothes (plus many more household items) at your local car boot sale for a more direct sale.

 

Self-store

Still in love with that pleated skirt which was on everyone’s radar last summer? You might be surprised to find out that your mum was hunting for the same thing 25 years ago.

Fashion is like a boomerang – no matter how far away a look seems, it will always come back into style eventually.

So, if you are in possession of any clothing you hardly ever wear, don’t throw it away, pack it up and keep it in your local self-storage instead. Storing your clothes will allow you to access them as soon as they come back into style, and who knows, maybe you’ll be able to donate them to the next generation?

 

Donate to someone who needs them

Did you know that one in eight children live without essentials such as heating or warm clothes? If you happen to have your wardrobe stuck with items like kid’s clothing you no longer need, pack them up and drive to the nearest charity point who will happily donate them to those in need.

If the items you wish to donate are not only limited to fashion, contact charities such as Barnardo’s that accept donations of a wide variety of goods, including homeware, furniture and books.

 

Get creative

If your closet is full of primary and staple pieces, don’t get rid of them. Instead, consider the ways you can redo them to fit the upcoming season.

Does your statement leather jacket clearly show its age? That’s fine, as long as you embellish it with some pins or “rockstar” studs to revive its worn-out look. Your favourite jeans seem to be too small? Cut them short and turn them into denim shorts you will wear next summer!

The possibilities are endless, and all you need is some imagination.

 

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