We all have that one ratty sweatshirt from college that will be forever stored in our closets for a cozy day. But there comes a point when you realize your closet is overflowing with items you never wear.
With the holidays and the new year quickly approaching, now’s a great time to get a fresh start by cleaning out your closet and donating unwanted items to those in need. Here are a few helpful guidelines to help you sort through what should be kept and what should be donated.
The 6 Months Rule
This super practical rule makes sorting through clothing pretty cut and dry. Remember that sparkly gold mini-dress you just had to buy? Or those jeans you keep promising yourself you’ll fit into next summer? If you haven’t worn an item in over 6 months, it might be time to ditch it.
As painful as parting with prized items may be, clothing that isn’t being regularly used in your wardrobe is just taking up space in it.
Fits Like a Glove
Is that jacket a little big in the shoulders or that blouse a tad bit short? No matter what the price tag says, clothing that fits poorly makes you look and feel uncomfortable.
Fit is everything when it comes to clothing. If a reliable tailor can’t make the necessary changes to a garment, get rid of it.
A New Chapter of Life
Are you beginning a new career? Moving to a new city? Big life changes show up in our wardrobe; it’s important your clothing reflects appropriately. Also, a little decluttering always helps ease the transition into a new phase of life!
Sort through your closet and evaluate what items are still useful and meaningful to you. Once your organizing is complete, treat yourself to a shopping spree to celebrate this new chapter in life — you deserve it!
Donating Used Clothing Around Charlotte
If you’ve decided to clear out your closet this holiday season, consider donating to 2ULaundry’s Winter Warmup. This December, we’re partnering with the Crisis Assistance Ministry to raise 10,000 pounds of donated winter essentials for those in need around Charlotte. Donating is easy — you can drop items off at central Charlotte locations or schedule a pickup online and we’ll pick up items from your doorstep!
There are also lots of great organizations in the Charlotte Metro area that take clothing and household donations. Here are just a few: