Friday, April 22, 2016

Closet Cleaning & Doing Good for Our Environment!

Happy Friday and Earth Day!!! It's officially earth month and also spring cleaning season for myself and for my personal styling clients! So what does earth month have to do with your closet? Sooo much! There's no better time than now to do a spring cleaning sweep of your closet.  Keeping your closet organized and clean can help getting dressed each day so much easier! There is one thing that many people forget when prioritizing the organization of their closets. Too many clothes and especially clothes you do not wear will drown you into thinking your closet is filled with nothing. You know you've said it to yourself before, "I hate all my clothes, I have nothing to wear!" It's a tricky mind game we play with ourselves. Keeping your clothes organized and presenting your closet in a way that allows you to see all your pieces and easily pair things together is life changing!  Seasonally, I take everything out of my closet and do a closet audit. I literally make myself go through each and every piece of my wardrobe and ask myself several questions...

#1. Have I worn this item in the last year?
#2. Does it fit me the way it did when I purchased it?
#3. Does it need any repairs (ie. Hems? Seams? Has it faded?) 
#4. Does this item fit into my current wardrobe and lifestyle?

So what do you do with the clothes you no longer want? I often suggest my clients try to sell any items that are current or might even still have tags on them, but what about the rest of them? Don't throw them away! There are so many better options that are much better for our environment and our community! 

*North Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. Ninety-five percent of these items can be reused or recycled. With that knowledge, why be wasteful when you can be re-useful? Along with that unbelievable statistic the average person creates over 80 pounds of textile waste per year. Landfills shouldn’t be laundry piles!

Shirt {thrifted via Savers} Skirt {thrifted via Savers} Shoes {thrifted via Savers} Purse {thrifted via Savers}

Not only is donating your used  goods a valuable way to take care of the environment, but shopping thrift is also a great way to make a difference in our environment and community too! There are some fabulous things to be found by shopping second hand. Some unique items that may be vintage and some completely brand new! If you remember my recent shopping trip with several of my Kansas City blogger friends, we found so many amazing things! 

The look I put together today was all thrifted at Savers! This complete look cost me right around $15! Can you believe that!!! Thrift shopping does take a little bit more time than traditional store shopping but the reward of finding some amazing pieces and creating a unique outfit at such amazing prices is pretty fun! This top is Banana Republic and I paid $4 for it and the shoes were brand new with original tags still attached! whoohoo! 

It takes over 700 gallons of water to make one new cotton T-shirt and it takes over 1,800 gallons of water to make one new pair of jeans! If you are like most women you own an average of eight pairs of jeans According to Cotton Incorporated, that is a lot of water and a valuable resource for our environment! I share all this info with you today to bring awarness on such an important topic! Who knew that being such a fashionista could make such an impact on our planet. 

*This post is part of a partnership between JANA STYLE and Savers. All opinions are my own. 

1 comment

  1. Very nice!, especially that you found a bag. I have never found a thrift bag around the Missouri area (that I really would carry) a couple in Florida, but that's been it.


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