I was just cleaning up my wardrobe, one final time before winter strikes its mighty blow. Now, by "I was cleaning" I mean that I was reading a book on the couch, with my feet up on the centre table, while my husband toiled in the other room. I am such a slob, if it was up to me, my house would be a modern day forest (it sure looks like that when I am in charge). Anyway, I realized that my shopping sprees have, once again, made my little wardrobe space wobble under pressure. So, I now have a stack of clothes, shoes and household stuff that I must part with. Of course, the best way to do that is by offering it to someone who might find use for it. Enjoying the little worldly luxuries may not be criminal but wasting anything, really is, be it food, clothing or energy.
"There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use."
- Mother Teresa
Back in India, I knew of NGOs that collected such donations and hence, it was quite easy for me to drop such items at their offices. However, having been in the USA for just over two years, it took a little Googling to find such organizations (apart from Goodwill stores which don't sound like such a great idea to me). From what I've found, these organizations are very convenient for such donations -
Of course, there are many more. The only important thing to do before donating used items is to make sure that those items are usable and clean. A little rinsing and ironing before donating clothes, goes a long way. As for anything that is less than hygienic for personal use, the trashcan is a better place. I have seen people donating clothes with blood stains on it and that is really humiliating and disheartening, both for people who receive it, and for the volunteers at the NGOs who work hard to get it to them.
In the ever-changing world of technology, there is also a need for reusing old hardware. Free Geek is a great place to give any used, functional or non-functional electronics like laptops or mobile phones, in Portland. So if you live in or around Portland, do visit their website before you throw out any old piece of hardware. I am sure there are similar organizations almost everywhere.
Now, for the outfit that I wore last weekend! I bought this skirt at Nordstrom Rack at a clearance sale and loved it. Also, luckily, my old crop jacket gives it a fresh, vibrant look. Honestly, I was a little cold in this without a pair of leggings or boots but I so wanted to wear it with pumps. However, I can easily add a pair of black, high-heeled boots and a throw, and I will be ready for colder days.
Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Skirt - Halogen (similar here)
Crop Jacket - Bebe (worn here before)
T-Shirt - J.Crew (worn here before)
Clutch - Forever New (worn here before)
Pumps - Banana Republic (worn here before)
Let me know what you think of the outfit! Keep spreading smiles!!