Spring is time for some serious spring cleaning. We open up the windows, clean all the nooks and crannies in the house, and get rid of what no longer serves us. This includes those clothes you haven’t worn in a year–or ever. It feels nice to declutter and simplify your surroundings, but it’s also nice to consider the planet when you decide to forgo that sweater or pair of jeans. So, how do you say goodbye to that pile of clothes you’ve taken out of your closet without adding to the destruction of the environment? It’s easy! We are sharing five different ways you can responsibly get rid of your clothes!

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You thought you were going to wear that skirt with all of your tops, but it just served as decoration for your closet for way too long. Why don’t you donate it to a local thrift and/or charity store? You’ll get a tax deduction for it, and someone else will be able to love (and actually wear) that skirt at a great price. A total win-win situation.

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Organize a Clothing Swap

Want to shop with your friends for free? Why not organize a clothing swap? Have everyone bring a minimum number of pieces to trade with others. YspendYou’ll also leave with clothing that is all new to you, while also helping to keep clothing out of landfills.

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Sell Your Clothes Online

You spent money on clothes you don’t want to wear anymore, so it’s natural to want to get some of that back when it’s time to get rid of them. Luckily, there are an endless number of websites where you can sell your gently used clothing for a profit. Some are even as easy as stuffing your unwanted items into a bag and dropping it in the closest mailbox. They’ll get a new life in a new closet, and you’ll have some extra money in your pocket.

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Repurpose Your Clothes

Sure, you don’t want to wear that T-shirt anymore, but you would like a new halter top. Or maybe you’re over that sweater because the fit’s off, but are in need of a roomy tote bag. Repurposing is all about finding a new use for an old item. These DIYs can be fun weekend craft projects, keeping fabrics in fashion, and not polluting the earth.

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Gift that Fashion

Remember when your BFF told you she loved that jacket? You don’t want it anymore, but you know she would rock it flawlessly. Gift it! That’s what friends are for. She probably has some things that you’ve had your eye on that she’s overwearing. The more that we swap and gift clothing, accessories, and more, the more we get used to finding alternative uses for what we buy and giving the planet a chance to breathe and heal.

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