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How to Clean Out Your Closet and Give Back

How to Clean Out Your Closet and Give Back featuring thredUP!

New Year, new you? Awesome. Time to clean out your closet then. I get a LOT of questions this time of year through Spring Cleaning season about how to clean out your closet. So here’s a post giving you way more detail than you ever wanted on how to clean out your closet. This isn’t just the tactics to use when going through stuff, though. Oh no. This is how to follow up with the items you’re not keeping. I suppose you could call this How to Clean Your Closet and Not Suck, a Social Commentary by your local Humanitarian Eco-friendly Fashionista. But that’s an incredibly long title. Anyway, let’s get to it!

You get 4 piles: keep, sell, donate, toss

Keep is self explanatory.

BUT. Put everything in your closet on hangers facing backwards so that you have to turn the hanger around when you wear it. Anything facing backwards after 1 year is not allowed to remain in your keep pile. Exceptions are sentimental clothing but it best be damn sentimental. The only sentimental piece I still have is my wedding dress.


thredUP is awesome for that. They’ll send you a closet cleanout kit then give you money after they’ve gone through your bag. Check out this great video on how this works. Fill the bag, send it back, earn money. It’s pretty great. And if that’s not your jam, you can always use sites like Poshmark, DePop, or even your local consignment shop. But thredUP will responsibly recycle or donate whatever they don’t keep.

Get your free closet clean out kit by clicking this link. They’ll give you an estimate on how long it should take to get to you.


Research places before you donate. Make sure the facility/org/project aligns with your own beliefs. Don’t just donate to that one org because you heard about it one time. Particularly for those of us in the LGBT community and/or POC, make sure the organization would help you in a shitty situation.


If you live in an area with a high homeless population, try putting together care bags with some of the donate items in them. Packaged foods, gift cards for places like target, simple first aid kits, the lot. Make sure these items are still in good condition, though. Giving someone your hand-me-downs in poor condition is horribly disrespectful. This is an awesome guide on how to create a care bag as well as what not to put in one.


Find creative ways to reuse these items. t-shirts can be cut into strips and made into toys to donate to animal shelters. Jeans can be repurposed into all kinds of things. You get the idea. Reuse and recycle before you contribute to landfills.


Congrats, you rocked your closet clean out! Time to celebrate with at least a little bit of shopping. Heck, with your payout from thredUP, you could put that back into a new wardrobe. After all, you’re rocking the new year new you, right? And even if you aren’t, you still deserve to treat yourself for rocking this and cutting out the clutter.


Disclaimer: This post was NOT done in collaboration with thredUP. I’m just sharing some bomb resources with you. 

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  1. Jennie Harland

    2018-01-15 at 12:54 pm

    Do you have any tips on how to decide what to sell vs what to donate?

    1. Dannie

      2018-01-15 at 2:37 pm

      There will be a checklist included with your clean out kit that helps guide that! Essentially, you’re selling things that are in stellar condition, are name brands, and are brands thredUP is currently accepting. Outside of that, anything that went into my donate pile was simply something that thredUP wasn’t accepting – off brand stuff, stuff that’s still GOOD but not quite to the height of quality standard for thredUP (might have pilling, etc.).

  2. Michelle Milla

    2018-01-16 at 10:16 am

    Definitely need to do some closet clearing out this yeAr! Thanks for this!

  3. Jessica

    2018-01-18 at 1:25 pm

    I did a major purge and plan on doing a post all about it too! You inspired me!! LOVED the video 🙂 Thank you for always stopping by!
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

  4. Juvmom

    2018-01-30 at 6:05 pm

    I had done this a couple weeks ago. I choose to donate my clothes. I don’t know why I can not sell my preloved things. I always think, “Is that worth to people buy it?”

    Enny Law

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