Spring is here. As winter slowly leaves so should your winter clothes. As you wear something for the last time this season, a warm sweater, scarf, pants etc.
- decide if you like it,
- does it fit,
- do you get compliments when you wear it.
If the answer is yes then wash it and store it away for next year. Continue with process until all your warm clothing as been cleaned and put away making space and easy access for your spring wardrobe. Any clothing that doesn’t fit, you don’t like, is too complicated or expensive to launder can be donated. Clothing with stains and holes can be donated to textile recycling
Spring into action and pack away warm clothing after each load of laundry
Make your spring wardrobe accessible, remove your winter clothes
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Clothes that are old and out of style are hard to donate so when you no longer want to have it in your closet make a plan so they can be loved by someone else.
1. If you have children sort their clothes at the start of each season and put the clothes that no longer fit in a box or bag. You may find it easier to put clothes that now longer fit into the donation box or bag right after they come out of the dryer. Make a connection with a family that has children a year or two younger than your children and give them the box of clothes at the beginning of each season. This helps both families to know what clothes they have and what they need to buy and you don’t need to figure out where to donate them because they go to the same family every season.
2. There are many consignment stores that sell clothing. You can find them on line. Each store will have their own niche market. Contact
Clothing can be sold through consignment stores
them to see if they want high end clothing, teenage clothes, etc.
3. If you have unusual pieces of clothing like a nurses cape, old fashioned outfits or accessories take them to your local little theatre group. They may be able to use them in their productions. It would help the theatre company to say money on their costumes.
Vintage and unusual items can be donated to theatres
4. Sometimes communities have special clothing drives. You may find that formal wear can be donated to groups collecting clothing for proms. In the late fall there maybe winter coat and boot drive for homeless street people. Running shoes can be donated at some running stores and they donate them to organizations that send the shoes overseas.
5. Clothing can be donated to women’s and men’s shelters as well as thrift stores in your community.
Great ideas for downsizing, moving or moving a family member
This book written by Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker is a complete guide to help you declutter and move. It has practical solutions for downsizing your clothing, collections and dealing with sentimental items.
It also addresses how to move a family member to a supervised living facility. The authors remind you that if your parent can make decisions that your purpose is to help them move happily from a large space to a smaller space not make decisions for them.
It suggests that you write a book about your life, put it down in black and white. A number of different ways of recording events about your life are provided.
It has a chapter on the step by step process of moving into your new home. They examine the psychology of making the down scaling change
It is a great resource to have. Who knows when you will need it.