Getting Rid Of Clothes

Getting Rid Of Clothes
  • Donating: to places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, or friends.
  • Selling: Many independently-owned thrift stores will give you money or store credit for well-preserved pieces.
  • Swap parties: Gather clothes you no longer wear and invite your friends to do the same so you can get together and trade them.
  • Upcycling: there are plenty of youtube videos about how to repurpose old t-shirts into bags, dresses, and even shoes. 

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Minimalism

It's the idea that by owning less, we free up the time, energy, and money to get the most out of life. The more intentional we are about what we keep, the freer we are to seek fulfillment.

Minimalism encourages us to invest in things we love, instead of accumulating things we like. When you have fewer options, you force yourself into a positive mindset. 

Reasons For A Minimalist Closet
  • Tidier closet: you won’t have to dig through items you don’t wear
  • Increased confidence: if all your clothes are your best, you feel good no matter what you put on
  • More time and money: being satisfied with your wardrobe means shopping less so you can use your time and cash on more important things
  • Positive environmental impact: by investing in long-wear clothing, instead of fast fashion, you help prevent waste.
Minimalist Vs Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes are a subsection of minimalist wardrobes that limit how many items of clothing you buy each season. Most capsule wardrobes have 30 items or less.

Minimalist wardrobes are more flexible. There is no set number of items as long as you wear all of them – and they bring you joy. 

Choosing What To Keep 

To build a sustainable closet, we have to ask where we live, who we are, what we do, and what our goals are. This helps us determine what we truly need and get rid of what we don’t have much use for.

It’s okay to keep some items just because they bring you joy even if you don’t use them often. As long as you’re enjoying your clothing more, you’re doing it right. 

Selecting Clothes For Your Style

Think about your favorite clothes, as well as the ones you spent the most money on. Chances are, you already have a personal style – you may just not know it yet.

What are your favorite colors and fabrics, and what you feel most confident wearing? These outfits should be the anchor of your closet.

Think About Laundry

Just because it fits your style, it doesn’t mean it fits your life. If you can’t afford dry cleaning, don’t buy an expensive suit. 

Remember, minimalism is about making your life easier and more enjoyable. Find outfits that match both your aesthetic and your routine. 

Having a color palette increases the mixability of your pieces. This means most of your clothes will match and you’ll save time putting outfits together.

Choose what makes you feel the most like yourself and stick to it. 

Maintaining a Minimalist Wardrobe

Choose long-term clothes carefully and invest in pieces that don’t go out of style, like a black cocktail dress for women or a tailored suit for men. You want these to showcase your best style as you either wear them very often (e. G. Work clothes, coats) or only on special occasions (e. G. Wedding outfits).

On the other hand, seasonal items (e. G. Winter hats or swimsuits) and trendy pieces (e. G. Loud prints or neons) are short term investments that should be cycled out. Commit to having a set number of trendy pieces (5 or less), and trade them out every season.

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Rely On Your Community

Sometimes we need an outfit that is not part of our everyday wardrobe - clothing swaps can help there. Not only it saves money, but it cultivates community and encourages sustainable living.

Alternatively, rental stores and sites offer an affordable and sustainable option by allowing you to rent clothes. 

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Ask Yourself If It Fits

Simply asking yourself if the item in question fits right now will help you find out what to get. If the answer is no, toss it.

Follow Trends That Suit Your Style

Fashion should be about celebrating creativity and having fun. You should not feel bad about wearing something if you love it, but you also shouldn't feel bad about wearing what's not in line with what's currently considered to be the look.

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