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Uncollecting: How to Donate, Sell and Re-Home Your Stuff

Feeling heavier after the winter holidays? Sure, you've just consumed 10,000+ extra calories—but you might also be experiencing a consumerism hangover. It's high time to consider your state and press reset with a post-holiday purge.

I'm talking gifts:
The quirky Dirty Santa present still in its box.
That sweater from your in-laws you'll never wear.
And yes, the sentimental gifts you appreciate but
just don't need.

I'm also talking stuff:
Your stuff.
It's time to uncollect some of it.

Photo by danielsbfoto/iStock / Getty Images

But first, the basics:

 

Why we buy stuff 

We want it (aka: Treat Yourself).
We feel like we need it.
We use it to fill the holes of our insecurities.

 

Why we keep stuff

Our stuff is high-quality.
We spent good money on it.
Keeping it helps us avoid the feeling we might have made a bad purchase. 

 

DE-STIGMATIZing THE BAD PURCHASE

The loathing attached to a bad purchase can weigh you down every time you STILL haven't used that thing you bought. The reality is, you only use some things once (or maybe never), and that’s the end of your relationship. You wouldn't let a friend keep a closet full of old boyfriends, would you? Why keep a closet full of stuff you won't use?

When a purchase has outlived its useful life with you, let it go. Bye! 

 

GIFT
+
IMAGINED EXPECTATION
+
NO PLACE TO PUT it
=
BURDEN

 

Thirty years ago, my sister Anne gave me a large cedar chest as a college graduation gift. I recently downsized my home, and each time I try to find space for the chest where there is none, I wonder: Why am I doing this? A gift brings a moment of joy for the giver and receiver. Let an unneeded gift be that sweet, simple gesture, unburdened by the expectation you'll keep it forever. 

And now, my favorite ways to uncollect: 

 

PASS IT ON

Here are four worthy places to donate in Tulsa that might not be on your radar:

ANIMAL AID THRIFT STORE

DRESS FOR SUCCESS TULSA

WOMEN IN RECOVERY

AMVETS

 

Ca$h it in

It's not for everyone, but reselling pays if you've got the time and patience. A friend and experienced reseller tells me that quality clothing brings significant payouts on the digital platform PoshMark. For other items, eBay and Craigslist might not make you rich but usually bring higher returns than a garage sale. To consign or sell directly, try Tulsa's own SoBo Co., new this year in the 18th and Boston area (UPDATE: SoBo Co. has moved! Find them at 1344 E. 11th St. in the Pearl District.)

Consign or sell your items directly to Tulsa's new SoBo Co., 1637 S. Boston Ave.

Consign or sell your items directly to Tulsa's new SoBo Co., 1637 S. Boston Ave.

 

CURB ALERT

For times when you just need it Gone. Most of us are sorely underutilizing this magical tool for disappearing things you think surely no one would want. A Craigslist curb alert will clear just about any item—or lots of items—from your yard within hours. Post it under "free" or in the appropriate category on the site.


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Shop Your Closet: Storing Off-Season Clothes

How Does it Feel to Shop Your Closet?

Visualize walking into your favorite boutique this time of year. The items on display are for the season ahead—not the weather that’s already come and gone. The space feels fresh, relevant and inspiring.

Your closet should bring you the same excitement and anticipation. You’ve invested a lot in your wardrobe; why not make it feel like a shopping trip every time you open the doors?

This walk in closet organizer creates a well-defined shopping zone.

This walk in closet organizer creates a well-defined shopping zone.

Discover Your Closet’s Shopping Zone

A change in seasons is the perfect time to give your closet a mini-makeover. Relocating storage for clothes you're not wearing now reserves your line of sight—your shopping zone—for day-to-day use. The custom closet above has a well-defined shopping zone.

Sort Before You Store: Editing Off-Season Clothes

Before you store last season's wardrobe in full, do away with what no longer suits you! Why wash, dry clean and make space for items you won’t be thrilled to rediscover next season? Seize the moment while you still remember what worked and what didn’t. Which outfits made you feel fantastic? What faded, stretched out or just didn’t fit? Part with the latter so you’re only storing items that have earned their place.

If space permits, use storage boxes on garage shelving to store off-season clothes. If your garage is overflowing, we can help with that, too! Call Closets of Tulsa for garage storage ideas.

If space permits, use storage boxes on garage shelving to store off-season clothes. If your garage is overflowing, we can help with that, too! Call Closets of Tulsa for garage storage ideas.

Where to Store Off-Season Clothes

If space permits, neatly store off-season clothes on garage shelving or out of sight. (Here are some helpful tips on preparing clothes for storage, and why cardboard boxes belong in the recycling bin.) Choose a spot where the items fit comfortably.

If possible, leave the top of your closet shelving and the floor of your closet clear. Empty space gives your brain a break and directs your attention where it matters—your shopping zone!

If possible, simplify your space by leaving the top of your closet shelving and the floor of your closet clear.

If possible, simplify your space by leaving the top of your closet shelving and the floor of your closet clear.

If storing off-season clothes out of sight isn’t an option, try storage boxes and baskets on higher and lower closet shelves. Or, simply create a shopping zone by rotating off-season items to the periphery.

In small spaces with less flexibility, store off-season clothes in storage boxes and baskets on your closet shelves.

In small spaces with less flexibility, store off-season clothes in storage boxes and baskets on your closet shelves.

Wear More of What You Have

Relocating off-season items creates instant space in your closet. Defining your shopping zone in this way helps you see and regularly re-evaluate what you have. As a result, you’ll wear more of what you love (instead of buying more of it). Try it! You’ll notice yourself developing healthier habits around keeping and getting rid of things.

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