Come on, get with the program – the Netflix program. It's time to thank all your old clothes you have in your wardrobe that no longer spark joy and donate or maybe sell them.
Marie Kondo: Wikimedia Commons; Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile/Web Summit
Let's all make Marie Kondo proud. The best way to start any clean-up is to sort out your wardrobe. Right now is a good time to update your wardrobe so once you've cleared out the joyless why not spark some new joy and start replacing those discards.
As the old saying goes, 'One person's unwearables are another's elegance' (Well, OK, I just made that up so it's not an old saying but it will get older in time). The point of my saying is that your unused clothing should be recycled and not thrown out. Give it a chance to make someone else happy and save it from being tossed into landfill.
If you're happy to just rid yourself of that joyless stuff then you can simple donate it to one of the many charity outlets. In this way you will be sure to help some of our most needy and give your old clothes a new life. You can spark your own joy knowing you have helped to raise much-needed funds for use by the charity through their Op Shops.
All these organisations accept used clothing (and other goods, but we're just on about clothing) that can be recycled. One very important point to remember when you are donating anything is that it costs a lot of money to dispose of unsellable items. Please don't donate any spoiled, torn or discoloured clothing because if it can't be sold then it has to be dumped – and that uses money that would be better spent in the community.
Op Shops have been helping out for a while – The Courier-Mail, 17 October, 1942, p. 5. (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons
After the cull, you'll need to fill all that extra room in your closet but, in doing so, make sure you continue to help the environment by shopping for pre-loved fashion from one or more of Brisbane's incredible second-hand fashion markets.
Spend some time checking out these recycled fashion gold mines:
My all-time favourite, the Boudoir Bazaar Fashion Market leads the charge in saying NO to fast fashion. By shopping at the Bazaar you help to recycle, upcycle and see beautiful pieces re-loved. Held every second month at Club Chermside, 468 Rode Road, Chermside with the next big market all set for Sunday, 17 February 2019 you are sure to find everything you need and at great low prices.
Wardrobe Warriors second-hand fashion markets provide affordable, second-hand clothing and vintage accessory pieces from local fashionistas selling off their wardrobes. You'll find the Wardrobe Warriors at various locations including Mount Gravatt, Morayfield and the Gold Coast mostly on a monthly basis depending on the location – check it out.
Her Wardrobe Markets hold multiple events every month at Mt Gravatt Showgrounds with entry via 1644 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. As an added bonus, there is always plenty of parking. As a handy addition, the fashion markets is held at the same time as the Farmer's Markets.
Metre Market is a leading lifestyle market that encompasses a sustainable and creative shopping hub. Shop here for shop second-hand fashion and provide support for local creative talent. The first Market for 2019 is yet to be announced but will be held at Coorparoo Square, 26 Holdsworth Street Coorparoo. Metre Market events feature a large second-hand rack sale our recycling efforts to better save energy, water and non-renewable resources
The Diva's Wardrobe can be bit dearer than the others because the 26 fashion-insiders provide designer wardrobes collated by stylists, fashion agents, boutique owners and media personalities so are focused on higher-end fashion pieces. The market is usually held quarterly at Baedeker, 111 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley.