These days, there are countless news sources informing us about how our planet is suffering from the billions of clothing pieces that go to waste each year. It’s easy to accumulate clothing over the years, especially in America, where there are tons of stores which sell cheap clothes. The downside is that the quality isn’t as great, which makes us more likely to throw clothes away, especially because some are in such bad shape that we don’t even think donating them would be a good idea.
Luckily, there are clothing companies that are recycling clothes, but we still need to do what we can to minimize clothing waste. Especially for women, it can be hard to let go of clothes we have been holding onto. I know a few people who have been holding onto clothes for over 30 years, claiming that they will lose weight so they can fit into them one day. But why not just give them to someone who can benefit from them?
1. Think about why you need to do this for yourself.
Sigh…letting go. Whether it’s people, places, or things — it’s not an easy task. But “knowing your why” is a helpful technique to keep up that motivation to de-clutter.
2. Take an inventory of what’s in your closet.
Slowly just begin to notice what you already own. You don’t have to jump right in with trash bags and decide to donate everything. Take it one step at a time. This will make the process easier and less stressful.
3. Make two piles labeled “keep” and “maybe.”
But please don’t act like you need to keep every single piece of clothing in your closet. Be reasonable with yourself, but also don’t force yourself to throw away something you want to keep.
4. Think of some family or friends who may want your hand-me-downs.
I always get excited when my aunt shows me a bunch of her clothes before she donates them, just in case I want anything. It’s a win-win situation-she gets to get rid of clothes so she can buy more, and I get some for free. Who knows, you may have just what they need! If they’re down, you can even swap clothes before you donate them.
5. Keep this phrase in mind: less is more.
Before you roll your eyes at this cliché, think about it. Who’s really benefiting from our consumer society? Companies can’t run without our money so it wouldn’t make sense for them to sell us the idea that we really are just fine with having the basics.
6. Treat yourself when you’ve successfully gotten rid of unnecessary items.
We should celebrate the small wins! Go ahead and get your favorite ice cream, watch a movie with friends, or get a massage. Whatever makes you happy. Just try not to go on a shopping spree.
Getting rid of clothes is way easier said than done, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. The best way to get things done is to quit making excuses and just get to it. Imagine how great you’ll feel after de-cluttering your closet. Let’s do this!