I recently had a closet collapse. I came home from a day at the role to find heaps of what had been neatly hung, color-coordinated clothes in one giant, messy mound on the storey. Worse than picking up the pieces of chipped drywall? Admitting that maybe it was time to get rid of that favorite shirt of mine – from college. In the’ 90 s.
So I tried the help of style expert Darcy Camden to find out what she tells her patrons. Camden has been cleaning out closets and styling men and women for more than a decade( read: she expends a TON of time in strangers’ homes ). The busy fashionista( she’s a mother, too) insists there are easy ways to declutter that tangle of t-shirts or pile of old articles. And you can do it in as little as an hour.
A little runs a long way
Purge a little at a time, says Camden, who has helped more than 900 clients in her vocation.
“Most of my clients think that purging a closet is a huge all-day endeavor, but it often shapes more appreciation to do a little at a time, ” she says. “I encourage everyone to keep a Goodwill donation bag in their closet or bedroom, and are additional to it here and there as you discover items that don’t fit or have gotten worn out.”
If it doesn’t fit, you can’t wear it
“It rarely constructs feel to keep something that physically doesn’t fit you – even if you love it, ” Camden says. Put it in a piling to donate, and imagine how much elation the next person will get from that item.
Brand-new season= brand-new lucks
When the weather warms up or cools down, it’s a great opportunity to think about what you’ve worn – and what you haven’t. “If you didn’t wear it last wintertime, you probably won’t wear it next wintertime, ” Camden says.
Use the “plus one, minus one” method
Fab new gasps? Great! But merely set them in the wardrobe after removing a pair that’s compiling dust.
“I tell my clients to subtract one old-fashioned item for every new item you purchase, ” Camden recommends. “If you invest an afternoon shopping and come home with five new things, spend some time reviewing your closet. Remove five older things you’re no longer wearing.”
Think of how much you can keep out of the landfill by gifting your giveaways to a good cause.
“I’m constantly astounded that my patrons are worried their castaways aren’t good enough for Goodwill, ” Camden says. “Will they actually crave this stained age-old t-shirt? Or this single sock? Yes! ”
“Working closely with Seattle Goodwill over the years has given me tons of insight into what happens to gifts, ” she continues. “Your smelly socks and stained robe provide jobs and can be recycled or reused. Never throw away clothing to a landfill.”
Last year, Seattle Goodwill deterred more than 53 million pounds of useful goods out of landfills. In addition to helping the planet, those gifts also help fund job training and educational programs, adds Seattle Goodwill’s Katherine Boury.
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Originally published April 2017
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