How many of us have felt the inexorable pull of the new, the exciting…the expensive? Everything costs money and although we may actually need new clothing for the adult world (let’s face it, leggings and Sperrys are not going to cut it in the office), is it really justified if we cannot even squeeze another sock into our closets?
The simple answer is no. It is wasteful, irresponsible, and quite frankly a bit ridiculous. Why do we buy more things when we already have plenty of the exact same thing? However, having finally landed a job outside of the food industry (an office job, where did my youth go?), I realized that my favorite Tardis skirt and trusted combat boots are not going to work in the professional world. I actually need new clothes, for once. But, how could I get them without being “wasteful” and “irresponsible”? Luckily, I found a solution.
It is time… for the first annual Spring 2017 Purge (*cue sinister laugh*).
But, seriously, part of growing up is letting go, and that includes those favorite jeans that have been worn to shreds, or that super cute Little Black Dress that literally matches with everything and makes your—
No. All of it. Gone.
Welcome to The Purge.
How do you accomplish this? Well, I am glad you asked! Here are three simple solutions to rid yourself of all your closet nightmares and make room for your new, snazzy suits and business wear.
1. Give it to Goodwill (or Savers).
This seems like an obvious solution, but you would be surprised by how few people actually carry out this advice. That “giveaway” basket or bag collects YEARS worth of clutter before finally being donated, or trashed. Google the nearest Goodwill drop-off (there are tons!) and get that stuff out of your closet and to someone who needs it more than you. Savers will even take stained and/or torn items, and recycle them into rags and clothing. They even have a program to send them to support developing countries. It’s a win for everyone! *Added incentive: Savers will give you a donation discount punch card!
2. Sell it to Plato’s Closet, or a consignment store.
If you are really in a tough spot financially, then selling, or exchanging your clothing might be your best bet. There are plenty of local spots like Plato’s Closet, Clothes Mentor Reno, and Labels Consignment Boutique that would love to buy your gently used, stylish fashion. Swap, buy, and sell to your heart’s content!
3. Make your own wardrobe.
This one sounds intimidating, but believe me, one Star Wars infinity scarf later, I was hooked on my sewing machine. YouTube is truly one of God’s gifts to mankind and it is blessedly easy to find tutorials on how to make anything and everything. Plus, in the long run, it is cheaper! You can recycle and/or upcycle to your heart’s desire, taking anything from pillowcases to jeans and creating something worthwhile. A friend of mine actually just made a new motorcycle seat out of a pair of old jeans, and it worked wonders for his wallet!
“Purging” your closet is not only good for you, but good for the environment, local businesses, and everyone around you! Be a part of sustainable fashion today, and save your wallet and planet, one swap at a time.
Live long and prosper fashionably, my friends!