Rules For Cleaning Out Your Wardrobe

This is going to be a pictureless post since I really didn’t want to be reminded of how cluttered and inefficient my closet was.

The church my parents attend launched a donation drive for the less fortunate (is that the right term these days…?) and they were asking for the usual: reusable items in good condition, especially new or lightly worn clothes.

Usually, I end up picking out a few separate items… A couple tshirts here, a pair of old shorts or capris, a random dress shirt I find, etc. All in all, I usually take up less than 1/5 of a garbage bag around donation time.

This time, I managed to take up TWO WHOLE FREAKIN’ GARBAGE BAGS.

AND I still think that my closet doesn’t have enough breathing room! But, at least I do have some space for impulse clothes purchases now without any buyer’s remorse. Plus, it’s going towards a good cause, you know?

Anyway, how did I manage to part with about half of my entire wardrobe? I simply followed these rules:

  • If it’s see through and it’s not supposed to be see through, TOSS IT!
  • If it’s got worn-out holes in it in places it shouldn’t have any holes, TOSS IT!
  • If it doesn’t fit, DONATE IT!
  • If you have several garments of the same type and colour, DONATE IT! (Seriously, the vast majority of people won’t notice if you’re wearing navy blue or dark imperial blue.)

But, the biggest rule I found myself following was this…

If you can’t remember wearing it in the last 2 years, DONATE IT!

If you haven’t touched it in a couple years, it obviously means that you don’t care much to wear it and it’s taking up valuable real estate in your closet for something that you’ll like more in about a week. (Like that sweater you saw at Anthropologie the other day!)

Don’t forget: Clothes, fashion and style help communicate to the world your personality, but they should never be a substitute for who you are.

Donate your clothes to those who might truly need it to stay warm this winter. Not sure where to drop off your old clothes? Here’s a handy list for those of you in Canada!



H&M Conscious Initiative / Donate Your Old Clothes!

I’ve recently purged my closet to free up some space and I donated it all to the Toronto branch of the Saint Vincent De Paul Organization (Toronto branch through here and Ontario branch through here) that works to help the poor and homeless with the donated items.

Growing up, I’ve never had a lot of expendable income and it’s only been recently at the ripe age of 25 that I’ve had more freedom to explore the more luxurious aspects of city life like stylish clothes and boutique cosmetics.

Maybe it’s because I’ve grown up conserving, reusing and recyling a lot of materials, but I’ve realized that the fashion industry wastes a LOT of textiles and plastics from packaging and simply not being able to sell their products. The amount of wasted energy and produced pollution just from making the clothes that go into a single store must be staggering!

Enter the H&M Conscious initiative.

H&M Conscious

For every full bag of used clothes you bring back to any H&M location, you’ll get a $5 voucher for your next $30 or over purchase. They’ll take ANY brand, ANY condition and in ANY quality! They’re aiming for zero waste in their production cycle and I think it’s a worthy cause for a big box retailer like them!

H&M Conscious

H&M Conscious

Admit it! You have a ton of clothes right now in your closet that you haven’t worn in a year but you simply can’t bear to toss them out because you kinda still like them and maybe, MAYBE they’ll come back in style in the future and MAYBE you’ll fit into that cute top you got a couple years ago if you can really stick to your diet and exercise regime this year!

Come on. Let it go. It’s cute, but it’s gathering dust and there’s that cute new summer dress you saw in the H&M window that you know you can wear this weekend. (I know, I bought one too!)

Gather up your old clothes and give it a second life! Donate them to a good cause whether it’s to H&M (find more info at or directly to your local shelter or homeless, in-need organization. Someone, something somewhere will be very grateful that you did.




Note: I’m not paid by H&M or anyone to promote any organization or program. I just think it’s a great cause!

Purging the Closet

My closet’s been looking like a textile monster barfed all over it, so I did a quick purge of old clothes that I haven’t worn in a year or they’ve seen better days.

How did I hoard a whole garbage bag full of usable clothes and 4 other bags?!

I’ll be donating all of these clothes to a church donation drive for the homeless and poor next week so they can get a second life. I’m not nearly creative or crafty enough to transform them into crafts.

How often do you clean out your wardrobe? What do you do to your old clothes?