Recycle, Renew, and Reuse Your Wardrobe

Organize and donate clothes

We all have clothes hiding in our closets, dressers, and armoires that shouldn’t be there.  We don’t mean that they don’t belong to you.  They are definitely yours.  There are other reasons that they should not be there.  Perhaps they no longer fit you (and maybe haven’t for years!) or they just aren’t your style but you still hang on to them.  It’s time to recycle, renew, and reuse.  This goes for men, women, and children equally!

We often overlook the fact that our kids actually have opinions of their own.  If Junior hates the color green, then why does he have seven green shirts hanging in his closet?  He refuses to wear them, so why are you keeping them?  Maybe you or your spouse has lost or gained weight.  If clothes don’t fit, you don’t need to hang onto them.  We understand that it might be a situation where you have gained weight and WANT to fit back into them.  If this goal is realistic, then, by all means, hold onto them.  If the goal is fifty pounds away, then it might be time to let go of the clothes.  When you reach the goal, you can reward yourself with new clothes!


Hand Me Downs

There are multiple ways to recycle, renew, and reuse when it comes to clothes.  First, is there anyone in your life that would benefit from the clothes? If your neighbors have a four-year-old boy and you have a five-year-old boy, his parents would probably LOVE to get a bag of gently used clothes for free!  Kids grow quickly and unexpectedly.  You can literally wake up one morning, your child has grown overnight, and now all his pants are too short.  It happens!  If clothes are stained or have holes though, please just throw them away.


Even adults can benefit from friends who no longer fit in clothes or who have different tastes in clothes.  If you got a skirt for Christmas and you never wear skirts, but the girl that works with you always wears skirts, why not offer it to her?  We need to stop thinking about “hand-me-downs” in a negative way and realize it’s a great way to make sure an item of clothing really gets used until it’s “done,” and it saves people money.  Recycling isn’t just for milk jugs!



If you don’t know anyone to pass the clothes along to or if you could really use the money, a great option is to take them to a “buy now, pay now” type of consignment store.  Years ago, consignment stores only paid you if your item sold.  Now, there are stores which will look through your items and pay you on the spot for any items they want to sell in their store.  Some will even give you more “money” if you choose to use it as store credit instead of getting cash.  This is a great idea if you are in need of some new threads!  Plato’s Closet takes men’s and women’s clothes and Once Upon A Child takes children’s clothes.  They both take shoes and accessories, as well.



Your other option is a donation.  This can be done by taking your clothes to a local church that hands them out to those in need.  It can also be done by taking them to a thrift store that donates its proceeds to charity.  You can take items to Goodwill or Salvation Army too.  You will also sometimes see large white bins in parking lots that are marked as donation bins for clothes and shoes.  Just remember, if your clothes are in good condition, someone, somewhere could use them!


Once your closets, dressers, and armoires are cleared out and holding only the items you want to keep, then it’s time to get organized.  Organized is one of our favorite words at Artistic Closet Designs!  We specialize in closet organization and storage systems for your home, garage, and office!  Whatever space you have that is in need of organization, we have a solution for you.  We are located in Melbourne, FL and serve our surrounding communities, from the zip codes 32955 down to 32963, with our closet organizers.  We can’t wait to sit down with you and design the storage space that you have been waiting for all along!  So, call us today!

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