Raschlenenie before the New year

In the New year want to haul off a load of old things. Restoring order on the eve of the ritual, known in many families. The results of such a “General cleaning” can often be seen in trash cans: broken furniture, bags of the clothes, and dusty toys and faded books… Proposed approach raschlenenie consciously, so that after cleaning as little as possible went to decompose in landfills and was reused. How to disassemble things without damaging the environment?


Before you throw things out of the closet screaming “Into a new life with a new wardrobe!”, it is important to understand how to properly approach the analysis of the wardrobe. How to revise things and to understand what is really your served and what else will be useful in the “new life”.

One of the methods of analysis of the clothing is the preparation of the balance wheel. Drawing a pie chart, divide it into spheres that are present in your life. For example, if the mother in the decree a closet full of office suits, the balance is clearly violated. These clothes do not come out to the Park and to the Playground. But the kind of options for long walks with the children just is not enough. Or, on the contrary, most of the time you spend in the office and in the locker sad outfits for the red carpet. If the situation is familiar to you, then this algorithm will help to identify gaps that need to be filled.

Let s see what are the areas do not have enough clothes choose two or three main directions. On the website Pinterest offered a variety of images of different areas, such as the bow for the office, home, holiday at the sea. Find what you like. In the future, you can create a basic wardrobe. This is when things fit together and applicable to all walks of life. Or to make the capsules – set of 7-10 items for specific areas of life.

Remember: the rule “less is better” is still relevant and also applies to the wardrobe!


Cleaning is a useful practice to help get rid of unnecessary things in my head. It is a kind of purification from all that was alien, imposed patterns, ideas that we aren t close anymore. Such a ceremony helps to put everything in its place – that is actually “ours”, and what is imposed from the outside.

For many a teacher in this field was the Marie Kondo and her methods for storing and cleaning. My teacher was life itself. After a long period of living abroad with a limited number of things (one bag for four seasons), I returned home. Opening a cupboard, I was struck by the number of things waiting for me. Surprisingly, I didn t even remember. A year has passed since the moment of departure, was replaced by the next stage of life. Despite these things, I saw that they re not mine and not about me. And about that girl from the past, albeit recent.

I realized that I was fine without these things: in the conditions of limited choice, there is always what to wear. I had a mini-capsule, which I adapted for different needs, whether it is access to the event, work or visit. Paradox – when a lot of things, they never have enough and need more, and when 10 times less, just enough.


So, you finished unpacking and here it is – the perfect purity and emptiness in the cupboard, order in the drawers and on the shelves. Horizontal surfaces are free from small things, chairs and armchairs – from pants and sweaters. Well, just happy eyes! But what to do with the things decided to say goodbye? Remaining after cleaning belongings divide by category:

– in good condition, for sale;

– in good condition, exchange or give;

in bad condition, not for sale.

What has not changed and it is “wearable” sell at flea markets in social networks. Put photo things, write size, price and wait for message buyers. Also popular services for selling things with hands … and Yula, though this would require registration on the website.


Things can not sell, share them. When it is difficult to put a price on the goods, but also free to give pity, you can go to barter. Group sharing things in social media (usually just called “the Exchange of things – the name of the city”). In this case, publish a photo of things that are ready to share and write that you would like to receive in return. Instead of asking hygiene, indoor plant, book and more. In such an exchange is pleased to participate, because in addition to pleasure from the fact that managed to get rid of the junk, instead get exactly what I was looking for. Thus, reducing the time looking and buying things.


If you want to get rid of things so quickly and have no desire to wait for a buyer, it will approach the option – just to give things away. To distribute toys and clothes grown-up children can be familiar, and unwanted books and magazines there are cabinets butressing. As a rule, such cabinets or separate shelves stand in the city s cafes, children s parks, shopping malls and youth centres. You can re-use through social networks and groups (Give away – the name of the city) to offer unwanted clothes, appliances, furniture or cosmetics. This is a quick way to get rid of unwanted and your things will serve someone else. A similar initiative – portal “Darudar”, which offers free services and give things to each other.

The things that are in very poor condition, often take in the animal shelters. Especially in the provinces where there is no adequate support, shelters are in need of rags for bedding and cleaning, as well as warm winter clothing for the volunteers of the shelter.


Every year becoming more and more popular free fair – free market – free indirect sharing of resources, which, of course, is very pleasing. Because it means that people who adhere to the concept of zerowaste becomes greater. Most of the fairs work with tokens, on the principle of the internal currency. For pre-put things on the market are issued tokens, the value of which is defined by the organizers (for example, two commissioned books = 1 token). To give things to the fair more interesting than simply selling in an online flea market. Because free market is an event that can be visited with children or with a friend. On premarket lectures on environmental topics, workshops, working photographers and cafes. Free market is about “you combine pleasant with useful”: to relax, to meet friends and to get rid of unnecessary things. If the fair attracted nothing, it s a good idea to give a badge to a friend. Why not?


A party you can easily organize your own with friends. Prepare music, food and, of course, don t forget things that you want to exchange! Something like premarket, with the difference that here “all his.” You can safely discuss the latest news, fool around, dance and make a bunch of funny photos. Well, a pleasant reminder of the meeting will become things, whether it s a cool skirt, brought a friend from Europe, sunglasses or a vintage neckerchief.



In Moscow there is a service of ordering the removal of unnecessary things from the svalka.me. Things will pick up for free but take only those that can be used later, dirty and ragged things are not accepted.

H&M store carries out the action: for one set of things ( regardless of the number of things in the package) will receive a voucher for a 15% discount on one item in the receipt of your choice.


Of the to wear clothing, scraps of curtains and fabrics, you can sew acomadate for fruits and nuts, as well as ekosumki, which is convenient to walk to the grocery store. Description how to sew these bags on their own, can be found in the “ECOMESSAGE instead of packages” or just on the Internet. There is also advice on the selection of fabric, but if the desire and time to sew, you can give leftover fabrics and clothes masters. So your stuff instead of gathering dust in the closet – in a revised form will be useful for a long time.

Hopefully, these tips will come in handy when you move about.

Natalia Hamechina

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