This seems like a never ending process for me. There are countless methods for how to be rid of things you no longer use once and for all but it has taken me, many attempts at each method.
Something that always held me back was thinking that the item still had so much use left and that by donating, it would just get lost in an endless pile. There are so many great articles about where the items actually go that are donated. (That is for another post though). If you are interested in learning about fast fashion read this.
I started by taking everything from my closet and only selected what pieces I wore every week. The rest went into a pile on my bed. I painstakingly tried on every piece of clothing and asked myself “Is this comfortable, do I feel good in this, and will I wear this” In that moment if my answer was yes I kept the item, everything else went into a pile to be sorted. I placed these items into different categories:
1. Trash/rags 2.Give to friend 3. Sell 4. Donate
I looked at each item and asked myself if someone could get more wear out of this item. Many of my clothes had sat in the closet untouched. So for me knowing it was going to a good home where someone would wear it and get use out of it made all the difference. So I let my friends and sister have their pick of the items. Then I went online and sold the remaining on Poshmark. Postmark is an online consignment shop, except you control the prices and shipping is really easy. Whatever I can’t sell I donate.
Even though my entire closet can now fit into one dresser, I have not missed any of the items I have gotten rid of. They never fit right, or were uncomfortable. Now I get to always wear my favorite item, because why have ten sweaters when you only reach for the same two.
Here are some great companies that are doing amazing things. None of this companies are perfect but they are making changes regarding a more sustainable production or making simple pieces that will last forever. A lot of these brands you can find on postmark. Check out your local thrift store or consignment shop too. Only buy what you need and will wear.
Storq (if you are expecting)
Everlane (creators of the ‘cleanest denim’)
Comment below any recommendations of clothing brands and companies you stand behind.