To achieve a minimalist closet, you really need to regularly check which clothes to give as as hand-me-down, to donate, and to sell.
When I was in grade school, I usually borrow clothes and shoes from my eldest sister. We, my elder brother, me, and our youngest sister do not usually wear shoes when we go to school, we are wearing “tsinelas”, the durable colorful spartan rubber slippers. Only our eldest sister wears shoes, everyday, when going to school. She is studying in a private school unlike us. I borrow her Kung Fu shoes (which are quite popular during that time) whenever there is a program in our school. I also use them during class picture taking where all students are required to be presentable and wear black shoes.
Of all the clothes I had, one of the unforgettable is the white dress which I have used during the class awardee recognition day. I am not comfortable wearing the dress because of the laced sleeves. Unfortunately, it is the only available dress that I can use. There were two actually. There are two pieces of the same white dress. They belong to the twin sisters of my mother. It was one of their dresses when they were teenagers during the era of 1960. My mother kept them for more than twenty years. It was handed down to me. Not only the laced sleeves which made me hesitant to wear it but also the shiny, glittery designs. It did looked fancy for me. But for a twenty-year old dress, it was not outmoded, not at all during my grade school time in the 1980’s. I have considered it an heirloom, however, I can no longer remember to whom it was passed down.
When my daughter became a toddler, she inherited lots of her eldest cousin’s dress.
Then from my daughter’s closet, some were handed down to her youngest cousin.
From what I have experienced when I was young, long before Mima’s Homey journey started, I have continued to share (as well as receive) hand-me-down clothes. I am still borrowing clothes from my eldest sister, office’ dresses, and am lending/giving her as well.
Donate or Sell
I have donated (and tried to sell once) some of our pre-loved clothes. We didn’t have to buy so much clothes for our newborn until she became a toddler. Our neighbor, my childhood friend, with two daughters older than mine, gave us a bag full of their semi-used lovely baby clothing.
Regular weeding of Mima’s Homey closet became a habit, for donations, hand-me-downs, and recycling. I find it uncomfortable seeing pile of clothes untouched for years while it can be very useful to others.Renell Pacrin
Donating clothes can be done as an opportunity to extend help not only for the victims of natural calamities, but also for the homeless and less fortunate fellows. It also teaches our children to be compassionate. I was so happy when my daughter immediately said “yes!” that I can give some of her pre-loved clothes to a homeless woman in our barangay. And she’s also glad when she shared some to one of her dear friends who spent the recent semestral vacation with her. While hand-me-downs to or from someone, friends or relatives, provides humility in giving and receiving. In recycling, it helps us practice frugality and somehow conserve natural resources and our environment.
About the Author:
Renell A. Dela Cruz – Pacrin is a development worker (support staff) for seventeen years who loves to cook and bake. She earned a degree in Secretarial Administration and passed the NC II (National Certificate) in Bread and Pastry Production. During her free time, she bakes cookies, cakes, and pastries, mostly for her lovely daughter’s packed snacks, family occasions, and sometimes made to order. Currently self-employed, she focuses more on her spouse’ van rental business, home duties, exploring handicrafts, and taking care of the homey.
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