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Spring is officially upon us, and along with flowers and great weather, it’s the perfect time for spring cleaning. And what better place to start than your closet. You know the basic idea ­ go through your wardrobe and get rid of anything that you don’t wear anymore. It could be that it doesn’t fit, it’s out of style, or you just don’t have the occasion to wear it these days. Whatever the reason, it’s time to get those unused items out of your closet, clear up some space ­ and help your fellow man and the planet at the same time. This inspiring piece from Drew Barrymore can give you some tips for the cleaning process itself.

Once you’ve done the deed and accrued a big pile of clothes and accessories that you no longer need ­ it’s time to make the world a better place! Read on for five genius ideas on how to do good with your unwanted clothes:

1. SWAP

Clothes swapping has become a hot new trend in recent years ­ and for good reason! Getting friends together for a clothes swap gives everyone the opportunity to clear out their closets, take home some new threads, and socialize at the same time. Either invite your friends around for a private event, or check out Meetup to find an existing group. Currently there are groups functioning in 80 cities around the world.

Of course, there will be leftovers ­ clothes that no one wants to take home ­ which brings us to the next point…

Donating clothes is the easiest way to spread good with your spring cleaning (Shutterstock)
Donating clothes is the easiest way to spread good with your spring cleaning (Shutterstock)

2. DONATE

There are dozens of charitable organizations looking for donations of gently worn clothes for people. Make sure to call ahead to find out exactly what the organization is looking for ­ children’s clothes, shoes, etc ­ and coordinate your drop off accordingly. H&M stores around the world also collect used garments ­ the company is currently working on “closing the loop”so that all textiles will be reused, repurposed or recycled.

Donating clothes is the easiest way to spread good with your spring cleaning (Shutterstock)
Donating clothes is the easiest way to spread good with your spring cleaning (Shutterstock)

3. ALTER

Are you the hands­on type? Time to get the sewing machine out! Anything from simple alterations ­ taking in or letting out a dress that doesn’t fit anymore ­ can breathe new life into your old clothes. Much better for the environment (and your wallet!) than throwing things out and buying new clothes.

Your sewing machine is your new best friend (Shutterstock)
Your sewing machine is your new best friend (Shutterstock)

4. REPURPOSE

There’s alternations, and then there’s full­on sustainable creation. This helpful list has some mind­blowing ideas to start you off, such as produce bag made from tshirts andtoddler nightgownsmade from outdated pillow cases.

The Green Easy Knit Produce Bag (Delia Creates)
The Green Easy Knit Produce Bag (Delia Creates)

5. RESELL

For items that are still new, particularly valuable or in top condition, you can consider reselling them to vintage or consignment stores ­ especially if you’re in need of the extra cash yourself. The internet can also be a fantastic resource for finding new owners for your special items ­ try selling on eBay sites just for second hand clothes like Twice andTradesy.

Second­hand clothes for sale on Twice (Screenshot)
Second­hand clothes for sale on Twice (Screenshot)

This article was originally published on Goodnet and appears here with permission.

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