The Gift of Clothing

With this being the week of Thanksgiving, it’s the perfect time to intentionally think about all of the things and people for whom you’re thankful, although I hope you do this much more than once a year! Because of the theme of this blog, I’d like to cause you to think about specifically how you’re thankful for your clothes.


Would you feel embarrassed if anybody could look into your closet? This may seem like an odd question, but think about it for a moment. If you were embarrassed, you would probably feel that way because of how full it is. I know I’ve felt this way from time to time. Why are you out shopping when your closet is – literally – overflowing? It’s probably not a space issue – it’s probably because you own too much clothing. There is such a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that comes when you weed out clothing. I can promise you, that if you take the time to weed out carefully and thoroughly, you will never miss any of the clothing you get rid of. Follow the two-year rule: If you haven’t worn an item of clothing in over two years, weed it out (unless it has a lot of sentimental value and/or was an expensive purchase. In that case, wear it!). One of the great things about weeding out is that you can also re-organize your closet or dresser at the same time. Two for one! Here are some things you can do with the clothing you weed out:


 Give it to family or friends. Earlier this year I moved out of state, and found that moving is the perfect time to weed out because, well, when you’re sorting through and packing up all your belongings you really realize just how much you have. I filled a few paper grocery bags with clothing that I didn’t need any more and left it at my parents’ house. Then, when they had time, my sisters looked through the bags and took what clothing they wanted before my parents donated what was left over. It’s always great to check and see if anyone in your family or a close friend could use some of your clothing that you don’t need – then you actually get to see it put to good use again!


Donate it. This is an easy one. There are Goodwills and Salvation Army stores, and you also have other options such as women’s (or men’s) shelters, a clothing drive at your work or church, etc.


Sell it. Did you know that you can sell your gently used clothing at Plato’s Closet? Personally, I’ve found that they only accept about 10-15% of the clothing that I bring in to sell, but, if you choose to, they will also donate the rest of your clothing to a local women’s shelter. It may not bring in much money, but it can be nice to earn a few dollars off of your clothing that you no longer need.


In conclusion, I encourage you to put thankfulness into practice this Thanksgiving and trim down your closet. Remember my promise? You won’t regret it.

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