I look forward to the change of seasons. It’s time to freshen my look with clothes that have been put away for six months or so. But sometimes I am surprised that the things I put away don’t have the same appeal they had last year. They fit differently. The colours don’t match what I think they should. They are more worn out than I thought. The pile of “I don’t think so” varies from items I just bought to the well-loved ones that I have been wearing for twenty years and should have discarded years ago when they are started to look a bit weathered.
I look forward to the change of seasons because it is a chance to clean out closets and get rid of stuff that is cluttering up my life and my perspective. I learned some years ago that keeping old clothes is just keeping more guilt. You look in your closet and think “I should wear that” – but you don’t – for whatever reason. If you dump it, you lose the guilt.
Now I found a way to make the guilt go away completely. Trade the old clothes in for a coupon usable at H&M. H&MCONSCIOUS is a program that aims to recycle your old clothes.
- If the clothing can still be worn, it will be sold somewhere as second-hand goods.
- Textiles that are beyond the look-good stage are converted into textile products such as cleaning cloths.
- And if they are beyond the useful they are used to create new textile fibers for new products.
For each bag you donate, you get a voucher for $5 off future H&M purchases. Hmmm, less guilt + cash. It’s a winner with me. The bags are piling up on the floor of the closet – ready to go to out.
This program is an alternative to other programs that need clothes, but this year I think I have enough to make a bag for: H&M, Goodwill, Value Village, Diabetes Clothesline, and Salvation Army Thrift stores.
I am going to be so guilt-free when I look in my closet and see only the stuff I really love wearing and I know looks good on me.