Get Rid of Old Clothes
aka Spring Cleaning I like

March 31, 2011 Katja Presnal

Clean your drawers, organize, spring clean closets

It’s time to do spring cleaning and this is the type of spring cleaning I like – get rid of old clothes and buy new ones! Hanes did a research about our clothing hoarding, and found some really interesting points. In result they want to inspire you to get rid of the clothes you don’t use and teamed up with Goodwill to promote donating unwanted clothing. And if you are looking to re-stock with new items, I pictured some comfy items from Hanes.com in this post.


“At Hanes, we’re always trying to better understand consumer behavior so we can deliver comfortable products that meet the everyday needs of the people who buy them,
” said Sidney Falken, senior vice president, Hanes brand. “We’ve learned through research that many people experience anxiety when throwing things out, which results in keeping items that will never again be used. That’s why Hanes partnered with Goodwill to educate people about the benefits of donating items they no longer need, while making room for new updates of their favorite apparel items.”

Hanes, clean your drawers

Highlights of the Hanes research include:

Unused clothes are often pushed to the back or bottom of the drawer, where they remain forgotten for long periods of time.

Yes! Or they remain in a moving box a few years after you have moved. Or even worse – from move to another move.

More than one in five Americans keep a lone sock, hoping it’s missing mate will eventually appear.

What? They don’t?

Drawer rotation is uncommon; people tend to put clean laundry on top and grab what’s closest in the morning, which means they are actually only using a small percentage of what’s taking up space in the drawer

Yes! And you end up using the same stuff all over again and again!

When people took the time to purge, donate and replenish, it ultimately saved them time, made them feel calmer and led to more productive shopping experiences because they had a better sense of what they liked and what they actually needed.

I can totally testify this. I usually donate and get rid of clothes when we move, which we do every other year or so, but I need to start doing this a seasonal thing. Every season when you pack clothes away, you should really do an inventory of items to get rid of as well. And I am so over buying stuff that I see on sale and that never fits anything I have in my closet – I buy now selectively things when I need them!

Research shows that nearly everyone hoards innerwear and socks. In fact, people rarely clean out their drawers and only actually wear about 70 percent of the items they own.

I believe that, but ironically I probably have the least amount of underwear and socks… but I have way too many t-shirts that I never wear, because I keep wearing my favorites again and again!

Spring cleaning season is the perfect time to think about a yearly effort to clear out the clutter. Visit the Facebook.com/Hanes to stay in touch with the latest from Hanes!

Disclosure: I am one of the Hanes Comfort Crew members and have a working relationship with the brand but this post was not compensated.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (2)

  1. I end up cleaning out my closets and drawers twice a year as well and always end up with a nice donation to our local Salvation Army. My sister is the queen of thrift store shopping and is always finding incredible bargains!

  2. Mitch

    I am right there with you. And since I have a growing son, his clothes barely last 6 months anymore.
    I try to Spring clean 2x a year and getting a shopping wagon full of donatable clothes to my local charity is amazingly cathartic, and I get a tax donation receipt!
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