We all know that hand-washing is all the rage right now (thanks, COVID), but let’s talk about the cooler, better dressed version: hand-washing your clothes. Hand-washing increases the longevity of fabrics by preserving fibers and detailing and can completely cut down your carbon footprint. So why aren’t we doing it more?
It’s no surprise that doing your laundry uses a ton of resources (water, energy, and heat) that can harm the environment and your wallet. Some of the older machines use up to 40 gallons of water per load and can tack on extra costs to your utility bill, making your carbon footprint sky rocket after just one wash. Although it may be seen as a taxing chore, there are so many ways to greenify your water and energy use -- hand-washing being one of the best.
Psst... This is Part 3 of our Closet Clean-Out series. So before you dive in, take a few minutes to read Part 1: How to Spring Clean Your Closet Sustainably, and Part 2: How To Responsibly Recycle the Clothes You Just Don’t Want Anymore.
We all know the benefits of an organized closet — even if we can’t seem to stay on top of keeping it that way. An organized closet helps you put outfits together easily, and helps you make sure you’re wearing pieces you haven’t worn in awhile.
Not to mention that contented sigh of relief you breathe every time you open your closet door. Ahhh.
The absolute first thing you need to do when organizing your closet is a simple two-step closet assessment.
If you have to stay home and binge Netflix for the foreseeable future, there’s a chance that you may be drawing some inspo from Marie Kondo to start decluttering your home. Though she is quite literally “sparking” that movement, she doesn’t really talk much about how to dispose or donate unwanted goods in a mindful way.
Whether it's Spring or Fall, it's always a good idea to give your closet a deep clean. Keep in mind that a sustainable closet is one where you’ll wear the pieces over and over again. So today, I’m sharing my top tips to spring clean your closet sustainably. Let’s get to it, girls!
How to get started.
First things first: you have to be in the mood. Set aside a chunk of time and put on some fun music. A little pre-cleaning dance party never killed anyone. Once you’re warmed up, go through one clothing section at a time. Begin by simply categorizing your clothes into keep, maybe, repurpose, and the ever important sell/donate piles.
I totally get it, because I used to almost solely purchase from fast fashion brands, and cost was a HUGE driving factor for me too. That was before I faced the harsh truths of the fashion industry and started to understand what the true costs were, when purchasing from a fast fashion brand vs. a sustainable one.