Does it spark joy? Actually, it does. If you’ve experienced even an hour of tidying with Marie Kondo’s life-changing KonMari method, or if you’ve opened your closet even once to see only styles you truly love, then you know. But, if you’re not yet a Konvert, and it’s hard to imagine dedicating hours to decluttering, read on. The benefits that come from cleaning out your closet and shopping secondhand are many.
1. You can make room for the things that matter
What does a life free of clutter mean to you? When you keep only those items that truly speak to you in your home, it makes everything easier and more gratifying—getting dressed, packing for a trip, or just putting things back in their place after a day out. Give yourself a clutter-free closet and an undeniable sense of calm and clarity.
2. You can help the planet
There are huge environmental benefits of clothing resale, like keeping textile waste out of landfills (which adds up to 19 billion pounds each year) and saving natural resources required for new garment creation.
3. You’ll be a part of the new sharing economy
Many new moms can attest to the fact that their children grow out of clothing at lightning speed. Why not help give your children’s clothes a second life in a new home, while saving another mom money? It’s a win, win.
4. You can make a little cash or support a cause of your choice
Women have an average of 90 items in their closet and about 11 handbags, totaling $8,500 in retail value, but research shows they are not wearing at least 20% of it. Sound familiar? If so, it’s time to clean out. You can earn or donate a few hundred dollars for the clothing that’s just taking up space.
5. If you shop secondhand, you can wear the designer brands you love
For most of us, buying a Marc Jacobs or Tory Burch handbag is a huge investment, and one that you might not be ready for or can afford. But if you buy it resale, you can have those designer duds in your wardrobe at a fraction of the price.
Here at thredUP, the largest fashion resale site featuring women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, we talk with people daily about the benefits and opportunities associated with cleaning out their closets. Every day, we add 10,000 like-new items to our site from brands like lululemon athletica, Diane von Furstenberg, Patagonia, Kate Spade New York, J.Crew and more, with members sending in 750,000 items every month. And as the “living with less” movement continues to grow, so does the chance for your family to enjoy the benefits of buying and selling clothing that can help your mind, wallet and the environment.