Spring is just around the corner and you’re ready to swap the winter greys and blues for more colourful attire. Time to go shopping! But before you do, make some space in your wardrobe by having a pre-spring clear out.
You’ve probably got a few pieces of clothing that you haven’t worn recently, that don’t fit or that just don’t suit you anymore. Time to cull your old fashion favourites to make way for some new ones. But instead of throwing out the old, why not give your old clothes a second life and donate them to a local charity shop?
Op shops, also known as charity shops, use funds generated from the sale of used goods to support many local and national community initiatives and programs. National Op Show Week, running from 24 – 31 August, aims to highlight the importance of charity shops within the community.
Do Something Managing Director Jon Dee founded National Op Shop Week to encourage Australians to support their local charity shops.
“Despite the generosity of Australians, many charity op shops are running short of good quality clothing,” said Dee.
“That’s why we’re asking people to visit OpShopWeek.com.au – it’s a simple way to find out how you can get involved and help.”
How, exactly, can you get involved? According to Dee, you can help your local charity shop in three ways.
“You can donate unwanted clothes or goods, volunteer at a shop or help them to raise money by buying their goods.”
And since spring is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to have a clear out of your old clothes, accessories and even furniture. Take a look at our Winter ‘Spring’ Cleaning Guide for a few tips on spring cleaning each room in your house but for clothes, we’ve got a few handy hints to help you clear out the old to make room for the new.
Clean the Closet
It’s good to have some guidelines to help you stay on track during your closet clear out.
First, decide on some clear criteria on what stays and what goes. Good reasons for getting rid of items include: items that are old, items that no longer fit, items that are out of fashion, items you don’t enjoy using or wearing or items you’ve never actually worn. If you haven’t used it or worn it in 12 months, get rid of it.
Set aside the time – cleaning out a closet is like ripping off a Band-Aid. It’s better to do it all in one go than dragging it out over an entire weekend. Set aside an afternoon, crank up some good music and turn off your phone so that you won’t be interrupted.
If you’re the sentimental type, rope in a friend to help you make the hard decisions. However, it’s ok to keep some sentimental items, especially heirlooms or items of value like jewellery that you may wear infrequently. Take the opportunity while you clean out your closet to assess the value of your home’s contents – have you insured you contents against fire, theft or loss? Consider home & contents insurance to protect the precious and practical items within your home.
Have two boxes ready – one for items you can donate and one for rubbish. While most items can be donated, don’t donate junk. If it’s torn or stained, throw it away instead.
Help more money go towards community initiatives rather than waste disposal by donating items in good condition. Make sure clothing items are clean and have no stains or tears. Fold items neatly and place them in the box carefully to avoid excessive wrinkling. Avoid using hangers. Pair shoes, gloves and socks together in matched sets.
How and where to donate differs depending the charity shop; some shops accept furniture and other bulky items and some offer collection services, while others only accept clothing and small homewards so make sure you check with your chosen op shop to find out the best way to donate your items. For more information on how you can get involved with National Op Shop Week, visit OpShopWeek.com.au.