Twice a year, I do a more detailed closet seasonal changeover. Now that is starting to feel more and more like Fall, it was time to do my Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter Closet Changeover. I do this, mainly, for a couple of reasons. First, is to take an inventory of exactly what clothes and shoes that I have. Part of being more sustainable is to get a good inventory of your clothing. At times, we purchase clothes just because we don’t know what we actually own. This helps with not frivolously consuming. Second, I am making a major effort to ensure that my clothing doesn’t spill over into other parts of the house. In the past, I used to have clothes in storage, the basement, other closets, etc. It is a conscious decision to reduce the amount of clothing I have so that all my clothes are in one spot. Granted, this is all relative because I do have a large closet. Anything spilling over that closet is a sign of overconsumption, in my opinion. I am simply sharing my own personal convictions. You can decide on your own what makes sense for you. Below is a video about my changeover process
Closet Changeover Video
In this video I also talk about what I do with clothing that I am not keeping. Are you the type of person who just simply throws away their clothes in the trash? Please consider this when you’re thinking about just throwing away your clothes. According to a The Balance Small Business article: “More than 15 million tons of used textile waste is generated each year in the United States, and the amount has doubled over the last 20 years. In 2014, over 16 million tons of textile waste was generated, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Of this amount, 2.62 million tons were recycled, 3.14 million tons were combusted for energy recovery, and 10.46 million tons were sent to the landfill. An average American throws away approximately 80 pounds of used clothing per person per year. On average, nationally, it costs cities $45 per ton to dispose of old clothing. Synthetic clothing may take hundreds of years to decompose. Only about 0.1% of recycled fiber collected by charities and take-back programs is recycled into new textile fiber. Consumers are regarded as the main culprit for throwing away their used clothing, as only 15 percent of consumer-used clothing is recycled, whereas more than 75 percent of pre-use clothing is recycled by the manufacturers. The average person buys 60 percent more items of clothing every year and keeps them for about half as long as 15 years ago, generating a huge amount of waste.” (“Textile and Garment Recycling Facts and Figures”, Rick LeBlanc, November 4, 2019, https://www.thebalancesmb.com/textile-recycling-facts-and-figures-2878122)
So, instead of throwing items in the trash, I suggest some ways to dispose of your used and unwanted clothing. These are just suggestions and not all encompassing. Therefore, you can also do some more research to make an informed decision on what to do.