September has been one of my busiest months to date. It’s been an exciting month, one filled with opportunities and celebration and I’ve really been enjoying it. But now that it’s nearly coming to a close, and my schedule is looking like it’s beginning to free up again, it’s time to focus on some of the things that were left to the wayside over the last few weeks. Mainly, I need to work on getting our apartment back in order.
When you live in an apartment, it’s easy to quickly overwhelm your home with things. Recently I had to face reality; my closet was overly stuffed with clothes, shoes, and accessories. And for someone who hates clutter (it genuinely does stress me out); having a closet that’s bursting at the seams is just unacceptable. I need it to be organized for my own sanity.
Whenever I donate my use items, I always donate them at Value Village. And recently, Value Village let me know that they teamed up with The Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, Canadian Diabetes Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters Upper Fraser Valley to open new Donation Drop Spots in convenient locations around Vancouver.
Value Village is trying to create a better world by encouraging people to reuse and recycle their used goods rather than throwing them out, and so far they’ve been able to keep 650 million pounds of reusable items from landfills each year. Through their commitment to a better and a waste-free world, Value Village pays Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, Canadian Diabetes Association and Big Brother Big Sisters Upper Fraser Valley when community members donate their pre-loved items to local nonprofit partners at the Donation Drop Spots, whether the items make it to the sales floor or not.
HOW TO KNOW WHICH ITEMS TO DONATE
You Just Aren’t Wearing It Anymore
If you have an item that you haven’t worn for the last year than it may be time to say goodbye to it. Some people say if you haven’t worn it in the last 6 months, but I say give your clothes a full year before being certain you want to donate it. What I’ve found is that some pieces work only in certain seasons, so 6 months doesn’t always give you enough time to truly know if an item will be useful to you.
It No Longer Fits
If you have an article of clothing in your closet that doesn’t fit properly then it’s time to pass it forward. When I moved, I made it a priority to get rid of the clothing that just didn’t fit anymore. It felt like a waste of space keeping those pieces that I never wore hanging up in my closet – especially since it’s an apartment size closet and I needed room for the things that I actually wore. Ill fitted clothing instantly distracts from your style and once something looses its proper fit and shape on you it’s time to go!
You Always Make Excuses to Not Wear It
We all have that one item in our closet. The one we love to look at, but hate to wear. I’ve had many of these pieces in my wardrobe because as a fashion enthusiast, sometimes I grab things for their style more than their functionality. If you’re not getting any use out of a piece though, what’s the point in keeping it? I always figure that the pieces I am not getting enough wear out of could be something someone else really cherishes.
Will you be doing a bit of fall cleaning this year?