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New Year Musings: Cleaning Out Your Closet

No better time than the present to take on mini projects. Bringing in the new year with a lighter closet certainly can’t hurt. When you have enough white shirts to start working as a waiter, you know it’s time to purge. Here are some ways to make this process as painless as possible.

1. Have two people in mind when you are pulling clothes off the hangers. This means that you have a face to go with the donation. Could be a person starting a new job, freshman in college, or someone whose lost or gained some weight. You are best able to donate with a purpose in mind.

2. Think in terms of your current lifestyle. I worked at a local high school as a mid-level employee. There were plenty of times when I could get away with wearing jeans and a vintage tee in the middle of the week. My current role allows for jeans once a week. I knew of a high school student that would definitely make use of my Smurfette tee.

3. Color coordinate your closet. This helps in your knowing what you can afford to give away and what you can’t. I pared down my white shirt collection by half.

4. If you wouldn’t accept it, then don’t give it away. No one wants to own something that’s dinghy or has bleach marks. Trash what needs to be trashed. It’s the polite thing to do. Be sure everything is laundered and ready to go.

5. Do not lie to yourself. You know your thighs are a little on the “juicy” side these days. Unless you plan to lose 20 pounds in one month, give up the ghost and the pair of pants.

Paying it forward with your personal belongings is a mutually rewarding experience. I have been the recipient of some “pre-loved” items and enjoy knowing that my belongings will also find a loving home. What a great way to start the year by thinking of others while clearing out your closet.


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