Keep, Recycle, Toss or Donate?

Keep, Recycle, Toss or Donate?

At the beginning of the year, I go through the things I got from the holidays and in my closet to see what I have worn or haven’t. If I find a holey sock it looks like I may need some new socks. The four main piles I tend to make are: keep, toss, recycle and donate. Why? To me, it’s important I wear things that make me feel good. There’s something about finding outfits that show the true you and make you feel like you can do anything. Trust me there a few things I keep for sentimental reasons but they are ones that have great memories attached.

Like my sweater, I got from Disney land back in high school. This is where my high school choir and I performed on the Disney stage. That experience was amazing and that sweater is one that I will probably never get rid of. I do a lot when I am lounging around the house. Other pieces of clothing I find I don’t wear are other on the hanger I haven’t turned around or already in a box I am doing to donate. Some questions I ask myself as I am sorting out and organizing my clothes or items.

Is it damaged? Does it have holes? Toss! Or recycle you can use old material for rags to clean with.

Is it Worn out? Faded? Toss or Donate!

Does it fit? Too big or too small? Donate! I know, there is an overwhelming voice in my head that says “but once I am in better shape I can fit into it again.” For me, my style changes and I may not like it when I am fitter. So I donate it. Someone else may like it and find it just as cute!

When was the last time I wore or used this item or piece of clothing? Yesterday? This week or month? Keep! Within the last year? Or over a year ago? Consider donating it!

Do this item or article of clothing bring joy? This could be a simple answer but can be easily swayed to does it have a memory attached to that item? In these instances, I go with my gut, my initial reaction. If it’s a yes- keep! If not, recycle, toss, or donate!

Some tips when going through items and clothing:

Examine it: Set the item out as if you are examining it. On the dresser or bed. Holding the item for too long could result in you keeping something you don’t need or use anymore. Or have a friend or family member hold it while you examine it. I find if I am touching the item for a long period I don’t want to get rid of it so eagerly.

Out of sight, out of mind: Once you decide to toss, recycle or donate: Put it into a bag or box. Out of sight out of mind. Then take it to the local salvation army or dumpster.  One year I took things I didn’t like or didn’t feel joy with and I placed them in a box at the bottom of my closet. I forgot to send it out and found it a year later. I realized once it was out of sight I no longer needed or used those pieces of clothing or items. I had an easier time donating those items.

Keep to replace later: I have several things like this. A cardigan that is comfy but doesn’t looks good on me. I know at some point during the year I’ll replace it. Until then I keep it to use for at work or to lounge in. Or pots and pans, I use the ones I have now and I know later I can replace them and get a better set.

What are some of your tips and tricks to organizing your stuff?

Keep kicking and smiling- TJ Banski

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