1. Ill-fitting, ugly, or “used to wear that thing all the time but not so much anymore” stuff to donate. This should be the easy to purge clothing that will make a little dent in your collection.
- Put the clothes in a trash bag and keep tallies as you go of how many of each item.
- Use this donation value guide to write off your taxes.
- Take to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or any local clothing charity organization.
2. Sell clothing that is particularly high value, maybe that suit that doesn’t fit anymore or clothes you just never wore. Don’t beat yourself up about stuff you bought and never wore, sometimes the joy is in the buying and not the wearing.
3. Clothes you really like but they need to go to the dry cleaner, need a new button, new zipper or some other alteration.
- Buttons: easy to do and you will have a new skill.
- Zipper try a local seamstress or alteration place, chances are they do tons of zippers.
- For the dry cleaner, try finding an eco dry cleaner that doesn’t use nasty chemicals that hurt you and the planet.
4. Heirloom items you want to save for whatever reason-- just be really selective about it.
- Maybe you are saving it for your daughter or the piece of clothing holds an important joyful memory. Try using large seal-able bags or airtight bins. Cedar blocks or mothballs may help in terms of keeping out unwanted visitors.
- Got a t-shirt that means something to you? Remark it into a dress! Check out the custom styles.
5. Take a hard look at whatever is left—does each item bring you joy to put on—if the temperature and activity was right? If not, then don’t store it.