As spending more time at home has become essential these days, we’ve realized that we tend to wear the same clothes over and over again (we're looking at you, black leggings). While we love the eco-conscious aspect to this, it’s made us even more aware of how important a capsule wardrobe is in our everyday lives.
What’s a capsule wardrobe, you ask?
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.
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.
Maybe you're unsatisfied and overwhelmed about the clothes in your closet. You have a mountain of clothes that you've purchased over the years, yet, ironically, you often feel that you have nothing to wear. Or maybe you're starting your sustainable fashion journey and desire to be more thoughtful towards the people and planet when it comes to your fashion purchases.
Well we have just the thing for you, petite queen.