Closet Recycling

After recently moving from my apartment at school back to my family home, I decided it was time to do some spring cleaning and go through my collection of clothes, shoes, and accessories. I set out on a Saturday morning thinking I’d have this project done in a breeze. Wrong. Absolutely wrong. Somehow between the clothes I brought to school and the clothes I left at home, I had accumulated the wardrobe size of about 3 girls combined. This was going to be a project.

Closet shot: My closet full to the brim!

Many hours later after sorting, trying things on, and repeating, I finally selected about three garbage bags full of clothing and accessories I no longer wanted. Here comes my inspiration for this blog post. There are so many things you can do with old clothes that you don’t want anymore! I went back through the garbage bags to separate them into different piles for the different ways I planned to recycle them.

Look at all these clothes I got rid of! See anything you like in that pile?

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ways for you to recycle your own clothing below. You can bet these are where my old clothes are going!

  • Resell–  Consignment shops are all the rage right now. I feel like every shopping area I enter there is a new, funky little consignment boutique. Consignment shops will buy back your clothes based off what they are buying at the time. In most shops you either have the option to receive store credit or a lesser percentage in cash for your clothes. This is a great way to earn a little extra cash to add some new items to your wardrobe! Check out two of my favorite consignment shops now while you’re at it: Buffalo Exchange and Second Time Around.
  • Donate– Various organizations and charities are always looking for clothing and accessories. The majority of my old clothing I donate to Goodwill I always have a feel-good feeling after since I know someone else will be happy with my belongings.
  • Swap– The Swapaholics is a fun new way to clean out your closet all while adding to it. The Swapaholics host events called “Swaps” where fashionistas are able to trade clothes with fellow fashionistas in the area. I haven’t attended one of these events yet, but it is definitely on my list!
  • Recreate– As a recent Pinterest addict, I’ve realized just how many opportunities there are for DIYs. The fabric from clothes you want to get rid of can be used to create a new piece of clothing or accessory. I recently saw a DIY that turned an old button-down into an accent pillow cover and couldn’t get over how adorable that is for the preppy girl.

What do you usually do with your old clothes?

Photos: Kristina Crowley/BeautyXpose, Buffalo Exchange