Life changes when you own fewer clothes.
As one of the biggest clutter sources for most people, we all expend a lot of time, energy and money on buying, storing, maintaining and finding them. There is nothing wrong with owning whatever quantity you desire, provided they get worn. Clothes which sit in the back of a cupboard are not going to add any sort of value to your life.
Here are five simple ways to stop buying ones which you will never wear, accompanied by pictures of staring intently at a pile of laundry. In case you didn't read my last post, I am currently working in Tel Aviv for a month with only a small bag of belongings so taking pictures is difficult. Desperate times call for slightly dull pictures.
1. Unsubscribe to emails from online stores. These are designed to entice you into purchasing clothes purely because they are on sale or a new range is out. Or, try combining all your email subscriptions into one message per day using unroll.
2. Learn to do a few basic repairs. There is a tremendous stigma against this, needing rethinking. Making garments last should be a source of pride. Even paying for repairs by professionals is (most of the time) economical compared to replacing items. Try learning to repair socks and getting shoes resoled. By doing this, you can make those you wear last longer, reducing the chances of buying new ones with a future in the back of your closet.
3. Invest in higher quality garments. This is a common piece of advice, but one deserving repetition. When your wardrobe consists of items with a substantial lifespan, it means less desire to buy new ones. Impulse purchases are common when people enter a shop and having fewer reasons to visit means less clutter is acquired. Higher quality clothes also make you take purchases seriously, rather than scooping up armfuls whenever a sale is on. Shopping for clothing should not be a source of entertainment or stress relief- as much as I condone people doing whatever makes them happy, shopping mindlessly is on insidious exception.
4. Keep a wish list. When you think you might want an item, write the details down and decide to review it in a certain length of time. Never be pressured by the fear of something selling out, a sale ending or any other fabricated constraints. It can be found on eBay or other resale sights. Most companies extend sales ostensibly every time. Even if you cannot get the exact item, you can always find something identical elsewhere. However, the chances are, after a few days, you may not want whatever is on the list. Sometimes the urge might remain; a good sign it is something you would wear.
5. Establish problematic garments. We all have certain clothes which just never work for us. Maybe you have brought dozens of jeans with the aim of finding the perfect ones. Perhaps you keep acquiring six-inch heels and wearing each pair once. Personally, I have realised I shall never find a pair of denim shorts which fits me (being short but solid is a pain) and now I have stopped trying to buy any. I suspect everyone has such items and once they are identified, consciously avoid those. If you have brought several versions in the past without ever wearing them, it is likely you will never wear a new one. Let those high-waisted white jeans go.
What helps you to avoid buying clothes which will never get worn? Let me know in the comments!
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