Are you thinking of getting rid of items that no longer ‘spark joy’? Are you trying to clear out some clutter as spring approaches?
Decreasing clutter in your home is a great practice and can simplify many aspects of your day-to-day life. However – it’s important to go about it the right way and tidy up responsibly. It can feel great to rid yourself of clutter or “junk”, but don’t get carried away! Decluttering is only effective if you don’t fill up your newly created space with new stuff.
Once you do decide what you would like to get rid of – It may be tempting to throw everything in a big black garbage bag, but there is a much better way to do it. It is a lot easier than you think to properly dispose of your items and put as few items as possible in the trash.
Clearing out the Closet
Check out Metro Vancouver’s latest waste reduction campaign: Think thrice about your clothes
Want to get the greatest value out of your clothing? Follow these steps:
Step 1: Think before you buy!
- Does this item bring you joy? This is a question to ask BEFORE you purchase an item. Only buy an item of clothing if you know that you will love it (how it fits, how it looks) and will get plenty of use out of it.
- Try your best not to make impulsive purchases. Do you really need an item? If you haven’t thought about buying an item before you purchase it, most likely not.
Step 2: Can this item be repaired?
Did your favourite shirt lose a button? Did the zipper on your coat break? Before tossing these items, fix them! Don’t know the first thing about fixing clothes?
- Ask a parent/grandparent/neighbour
- Attend a local repair workshop
Local Upcoming Clothing Repair Workshops
|Tuesday, March 12 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm): UBC Farm|
|Saturday, March 23 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm): Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch|
|Sunday, March 31 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm): Vancouver Public Library – Mount Pleasant Branch|
|Saturday, April 27 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm): Wesbrook Community Centre|
Step 3: Does this item still have unused potential?
Pass it on: Can one of your family or friends use this item?
This is a great (and often much appreciated!) way to extend the life of an item
Repurpose: Can you use it for something other than it’s originally intended purpose?
Why not cut up old clothes and use them as rags, instead of buying brand new cleaning clothes?
The UBC Free Store
The UBC Free Store accepts all usable items. All working household items, including appliances, clothes etc., can be dropped off at the UBC Free Store to be re-used by the UBC community.
The Green Depot
Almost EVERY clothes item is acceptable to donate! Clothing donations are made in support of the Developmental Disabilities Association. The clothing you donate may be reused as clothing or recycled to make wiping rags, re-spun fabric and other textile-based products.
Clothing and textiles you might not realize can be donated
|Clothing with stains (as long as it’s clean!)|
|Odd socks and single shoes|
|Clothes with holes, tears, or in need of repair|
|Scraps of fabric|
Keep it Seasonal
Don’t forget to choose local! Make sure to enjoy our region’s winter produce in this last month of cool weather.