Out with the old & in with the new! The fresh air tends to inspire us to clean. This may include the good ole closet clean out. If so, I wanted to pass a few tips on from my conscious closet to yours.
1) Donating? Choose Wisely.
According to The True Cost, only 10% of apparel donated and given to thrift stores actually gets used, while the majority ends up in landfills. Before donating your clothes make sure you choose an organization that will use as much as they can. Search through your local non-profits because there is probably one who would be incredibly grateful for your unwanted clothes and use every last piece.
2) Turn Your Closet Clean Out into a Social Event.
Encourage your friends to clean out their closets as well by hosting a clothing swap. Have your friends bring their unwanted clothes and exchange. This ensures the clothes get reused, gives you some fabulous new pieces, and an excuse to pop open a bottle of champagne with your closest friends.
Or sell on Poshmark! This way your clothes are able to get more love from another consumer and do not end up in a landfill! Plus this puts a little cash in your pocket too! I sell some of my clothes from The Honest Consumer on Poshmark and I'm happy to know that others get to enjoy the gently used clothing that I no longer wear.
3) . Prevent your closet from getting cluttered by...
Consider taking a more minimalistic approach with a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is only having a few pieces that can be dressed up, dressed down, and are interchangeable in-between seasons. This encourages fashionistas to get creative by limiting their wardrobe and figuring out innovative ways to reuse the same pieces.
Ask the tough questions! When you're out and about ask yourself if you truly need that new shirt? Remind yourself of all the good clothes you already have. Ask yourself if the price of the article of clothing is fair? $5 shirt? How much was the person paid to make that?