The classic ‘spring clean’ is something that we have all grown up with over our lives, but what about the winter alternative? Particularly with Christmas on the horizon, a spot of decluttering won’t do anyone any harm and provide your home with the boost of space and openness that it is perhaps craving.
One of the easiest places to start in this regard is with your wardrobe. As you will probably already know, these spaces can start to quickly burst at the seams. That dress that formed part of your go-to outfit no longer fits, while the yellow boots are also out of fashion. In short, you need to do something with them.
Instead of letting them almost rot at the back of your wardrobe, today’s guide is all about showcasing some of the ways you can deal with all your old clothes this winter – and give your wardrobe some much-needed relief.
First and foremost – get in the mindset
Before you mull over some of our suggestions, you need to get yourself in the right mindset. Nobody likes giving away clothes and before you take the plunge, you need to convince yourself it’s the right thing to do.
How do you achieve this? The following questions can help:
When was the last time you used the garment? If it wasn’t in the past twelve months, this could be an indication that this item is no longer needed.
Why don’t you wear it? If you no longer like the style, this is another suggestion that it’s not for your wardrobe anymore.
What’s the condition like? Nobody likes to wear battered, old clothes. If it’s not in an acceptable condition to your standards, you should know the next course of action.
Wait, what if I still don’t want to get rid of them?
You might decide, after looking through the above list, that you still don’t want to get rid of the items. That’s completely fine – and some items will fall into such a category.
However, as it’s winter, you might not have a use for them until the season changes. Rather than taking up precious space in your wardrobe, look over options for self storage in Manchester. By doing this, you get a best of both world’s scenario; you keep the clothes, but don’t clog up your home’s storage for the time being.
And, what if I do want to get rid?
Well, it’s here where the options well and truly open up.
If you think the garments are in a respectable condition, a marketplace like eBay can come to your rescue. Granted, it tends to be the designer brands which attract the bids, but if you’re selling a lot of items you can slowly build up a decent account which can be pledged towards new items.
Then, there is the donation option. Different charities have different requirements, but on the whole most are happy to accept garments that are in an acceptable condition. Some will even pick up the clothes from your doorstep, so this approach really doesn’t require much of an effort.
Finally, there is the DIY approach. There are umpteen guides out there on how you can upcycle your clothes and for those of you who enjoy such projects, this is a rewarding way to use those items that are past their best for their original purpose.