The Rewards Of Organizing Your Closet
Spring a new season and with that the thought of what will I wear. Statistics states that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time the rest just hangs there. Instead of that investment just hanging there I wanted to share with you this great service I discovered SilkRoll founded by Janet Wu and Erin Wold. Following is my interview with these ladies and be sure to tune in to the upcoming podcast.
Q. What made you decide to start SilkRoll?
A. After moving to San Francisco, I found myself constantly searching for the answers to two questions: 1) How can I retain the value of the things I no longer want and give them to someone who’d love them as much as I did? 2) How are these products made so fast, and where do they all eventually go? We created SilkRoll to let people share resources in such a way that doesn’t take away the monetary and emotional value we attach to our possessions. It also encourages a new behavior that mobilizes the exchange and trading mechanisms which serve as economic pillars to many civilizations throughout history and today, with the end goal of eliminating endless production.
Q. How does it work?
A. You request a trade in kit (with paid postage!), fill it with fashion and send it in (and first time trade-in’s receive a 15% bonus). We assess the value of each product and add the points to your account. We photograph the items and list them in your virtual closet. You shop online with your points and pay a small service fee when you redeem them – 5% cash on the points you redeem (ie $5 for every 100 points).
Q. Do you think on a whole that we get rid of lots of clothes each year either by donating or trashing?
A. The average American will toss out 81 pounds of clothing this year. That amounts to 26 billion pounds of textiles and clothes ending up in landfills — but it doesn’t have to. Also it’s important to know that a significant percentage of the products we donate to places like Goodwill, for example, end up in landfills as well.
Q. For someone that has items you accept, how would you suggest they get started tackling those clothes?
A. Just do it, you’ve got to pull all your clothes out of the closet and honestly assess whether or not they still serve you. If that does not appeal to you, grab a few items you know you are never going to wear again. If you haven’t worn it in a year – get rid of it!
SilkRoll is specifically looking for:
- Women’s clothing and bags
- Top designer fashion
- Recent styles and trends
- Items that are new or in excellent condition
- Items that are clean and laundered
- Authentic pieces
Q. How often do you purge your closet?
A. We should purge our closets monthly.
If you are interested in more information about how you can take advantage of this service please contact them via their website.
Have you decided to clean out your closet if so what will you be getting rid of? Please share I would love to hear from you. If you need support with your organizing project so that you can stay on track check out my Get My Life Totally Organized Group that was created as safe place where you can post questions, photos and videos of your organizing challenges and receive strategies that will help you get your life in order.