I don't know about you, but I want to be able to have it all when it comes to my wardrobe. I want pieces I like that fit me well, I want to get the most bang for my buck when I purchase an item, and I want to shop more sustainably.
The bad news is that right now 36 billion garments are tossed away each year. And that's just in the United States! What's unfortunate is that 95% of that can be recycled or reused.
Thankfully, the second-hand market is growing. And so rapidly that within the next 5 years, it's expected to reach $77 billion. We can help with that, so keep reading to learn how.
Shop More Sustainably
Shopping more sustainably is a lot easier than we think. Here are a few easy steps to help you make smart and sustainable decisions while shopping:
Choose natural fibers over synthetic
Know your measurements/size
Check the label and buy local
Remember that a nutritionist will advise you to never shop when hungry, similarly don't shop when you're bored or feeling empty. It will help prevent physical clutter in your closet, and emotional clutter in your head. You'll also save money and the planet.
Shop With Resale in Mind
I've noticed that some clients feel frustrated when they declutter their closets. They feel annoyed with themselves over how much money they spent on items that they rarely wore or enjoyed.
Here are a few ways to avoid that money pit in the future:
Research which clothing brands have the best/highest resale value
Research the best consignment/used clothing stores to sell your items
Purchase timeless pieces that last forever rather than what's fashionable now
Keep in mind that each generation has its own preferences about fashion. What might be hot to Gen Xers might not quite have caught on to Gen Z. That will affect their resale value and which sites are interested in selling your items.
Very few people were taught how to shop. It's important to know your size, needs, and style preferences before you shop. That way, you'll make smarter decisions that will help you buy items you love and fit you well while saving money and acting more sustainably.
One way to learn all of this information is to declutter your own closet first. If you need support and guidance, I'm here to help. Click here to schedule a session.