What to do with your old clothes

Speaking of life goals, a time capsule wardrobe? Yes. Don't mind if I do. Next time I have both the financial ability to literally chuck all my clothes and buy everything new and the eye to buy things that will perfectly match, I'm there. Until then, however, I need to be a little more realistic with my closet goals.

At the moment my wardrobe makeover is much more small scale, but there are definitely things I can do to organize my clothes. For one, I decided to streamline the types of clothes I buy. Just because it's fashionable doesn't mean I have to like it or that it looks good on me, so if I don't absolutely love something, I don't buy it. Second, I finally did what I've been meaning to do for years: I got rid of the clothes I never wear. 

That blue skirt at the bottom of my drawer? The one I wore once for a wedding four years ago and haven't worn since? Time to let it go. I still had shirts form high school that were never ever going to fit again, especially after having a baby, so I finally bid them adieu. Now that I have fewer options in my closet getting ready is actually easier. There's less to shift through and less to be depressed about because it doesn't fit anymore. The things I have left are things I actually like and that actually look good on me, so I know that whatever I decide to wear will work. 

If you're looking to clean out your closet I have good news for you: you don't have to throw your clothes in the trash. You can trade for new, sell them, donate them, make them into a quilt, or trade them in for discounts, and I'm here to tell you how. 

If your clothes are in good condition/in fashion:
  • Bring them to Plato's Closet, or your town's equivalent. These stores give cash for your gently used name brand clothes. Even if they don't take any of the clothes you brought, they will give you "Plato's Cash" to spend in their store.
  • Sell your clothes on Twice. I haven't personally done this, but a friend has and she loved it. Just go to their site, fill out a selling kit label, and send it on over. They'll make you an offer and you get paid instantly. It's basically the online Plato's. 
  • Sell them on Craigslist or Instagram. There are plenty of "Shop my closet" accounts on insta and you might as well be one of them! 
  • If you're feeling generous, donate them! Your local good will, women's shelter, and treatment centers are always looking for clothing donations. Also, present them to friends! I recently snagged a few my new favorites from a friend doing a closet clean-out. 
If your clothes are damaged:
  • Bring them to H&M for a 20% off coupon. In the name of preventing clothes from ending up in landfills, H&M will take your old clothes regardless of style, brand, or condition and recycle them for you. And as an added bonus they will give you a 20% off coupon for each bag you bring in. 
  • Make a t-shirt quilt out of your old high school track shirts. This way you can hold onto the memories without taking up space in your drawers. 
What do you do with your old clothes? Let me know your secrets!


  1. Fabulous ideas. I hadn't thought of almost any of these!