How To Say Goodbye To Clothes That Don’t Bring You Joy

A few years ago a book took over that caused everyone everywhere to rethink their home and closet clutter. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up took over bookshelves in 2014, and people began clearing out their closets in an attempt to only keep items that “sparked joy,” specifically when you held them.

And since this book and its follow-up Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, took us by storm, there has been a huge spike in donations, from clothes to home goods to miscellaneous items. But with all the extra items being removed from people’s homes, where is it going?

Below are four things you can do with your items that no longer spike joy.

1) Sell them
With sites like Poshmark and ThredUp it’s easier than ever to re-home good condition clothing. You can also take them to consignment stores or secondhand stores.

2) Upcycle them
This is another way of saying use them for another purpose, like pillows, dust bags, or chew toys for your dog.

3) Recycle them
Some stores, like H&M, will accept used clothes at their stores and offer you a discount off new items for bringing them in.

4) Donate
If none of the options above are a good choice, you can donate them.

For more information on what you can do after watching Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, check out the video above.