- Ilaria Freccia ’22
Now that we have endless hours at home, what better thing to do than clean out your closet? Although it can seem like a tedious task, spring cleaning can actually be fun. Not only is it an excuse to buy (or thrift for affordability and sustainability) more clothes, but it can be easily done while watching TV or dancing along to music.
The actual cleaning itself can seem overwhelming. I always have a hard time getting rid of things thinking, “maybe I’ll grow into it” or “maybe it will go back in style next year.” Chances are, if you don’t like it now, you probably won’t like it in a year. So when cleaning out your closet, chuck (or donate) anything that is too small, too big, or just outdated; or that you’ve been holding onto because you can’t bear to get rid of it. The next thing to get rid of is jeans.
When I surpassed fifteen pairs of blue jeans, I knew it was time to get rid of some. Anything that was out of style, like some of my super skinny jeans, or jeans that were over-faded, or over-ripped, went in the basket. The next thing to clear out is tee-shirts. Any basic white tee-shirts that are graying, stained, or stretched out, or have any sort of unplanned rips should be thrown away- no matter how comfy. Chances are, you have enough t-shirts around your house that throwing away a few of your most worn ones won’t hugely impact your life.
Overall, anything that you haven’t worn more than once in at least six months, anything too small/big, or anything faded or ripped should be thrown away or donated. However, just because you don’t want your clothes anymore doesn’t mean that someone else would. Some great ways to get rid of clothes that are still in good condition are donating them to places like Goodwill or St. Vincent DePaul, or trading/selling them to your friends and family.
There are also lots of ways to buy or sell clothes from friends and classmates on Instagram. In addition, there are several local consignment stores such as Filmore&5th (in Town and Country) which will buy your clothes from you. So, because we all have extra time now, take advantage of it and clean out your closets, and maybe make a little extra money in the process.
Photo contributed by Katie Sandhu ’21 from Unsplash media.