Last Updated on September 27, 2020
If this caught your attention, your biggest mistake is probably spending too much money on low-quality clothing.
But nowadays what even is low-quality clothing? We live in a world where big known and expensive shops are selling super low-quality clothes 10x the price that they are actually worth. So the chances are that 70% of your closet is made of bad clothing that won’t last for too long.
Well, the good thing is that you can make wiser choices and through organization methods and willpower you can change this!
So worry no more, cause below in this article you can find some tips on how to extend the life of your clothes by slightly changing your perception of how you view them.
1. Take everything from your closet and throw it on the bed!
Take a day off and focus on organizing your clothes.
I know it might be hard and sound extreme but your goal is to get rid of at least 30% of what you have. If you’re feeling brave go for half! Try to take piece by piece and really look at it. Do I like it? Is it good quality?
Do I wear it at least once a month? If the answer is yes to all three, put the item back in your closet. Since you’re making an effort to get only quality items, consider getting wooden hangers they’re way more durable and better looking than plastic ones.
2. Special items: 5 not 30
Now, I know we all have those special items that are just for “special occasions” but what I also know, is that we don’t have a few! we have loads of them!
And that can’t happen! If you have a wedding, do you really need to buy an expensive gown dress even if you’re only wearing it once? Well, the answer might be yes but only if you’re the bride. If you’re not, consider other options like the next tip on this list:
You might not know this, but a lot of celebrities do this! It’s nothing to be ashamed of and it’s a great idea.
You can rent really expensive brand dresses and trust me, it will be expensive but not as expensive as buying the dress itself! Consider taking a look at some renting websites, the clothing is normally in great condition and the best part is when it’s over you can return it and save the space on your closet for something else.
4. Don’t throw your clothes away
After you get rid of all the unnecessary clothes on your closet, consider three options:
• Donate the clothes you don’t wear to organizations that might need it or give them to a friend who might need them.
• 2. You can try to sell them online if they possess enough quality for people to buy.
Don’t forget to always present your clothes the best way possible, even if they have stains you can use a stain removal pen if you don’t have the time to wash it for the picture, ironing clothes or dry clean is also a good idea since it will make the piece more presentable and good-looking.
Be creative and get someone to model the clothes for you or hang the pieces on a clothing drying rack with a cute background.
If your item ends up finding a new buyer make sure you remove stains from clothes and guess what, washing clothes before you sell them is not an option, it’s an obligation.
• 3. A lot of stores such as H&M give you vouchers if you give them your used clothes. These vouchers can be used as a discount value on purchases you might want to make. Let’s imagine that while you were going through your closet you realized you don’t have a black jacket and you could really use one. Go to one of these stores and use your old clothing as a discount for this one item you really need. Smart right?
5. Pay more attention to the quality versus the brand
Yes, that’s right, now that you’ve gone through the hard process of getting rid of your clothes when it’s time to get new ones start looking at the tags, and no, not the tag with the price, the tag inside the clothing item that tells you what is made from. Start paying attention to the materials, is it cheap material? It probably won’t last a month.
6. Less is more but sometimes more is more
You’re probably confused about this but allow me to explain. In the clothing world, sometimes, even though you can pay a large amount for something that’s not worth it, the more you pay, the better chances you have of that piece of clothing lasting more time.
You’re probably thinking: Yes, of course, why are you telling me this?
Because the majority of us prefer spending X money on 5 items than just 1 item.
We live in a fast-fashion world, the more you buy, the more you have and even though you already have enough you keep buying more and more.
And at the end of the day, you’ll end up spending more money and not even using what’s on your closet more than one time. So, you’re spending more money on low-quality clothes that you don’t even wear.
You should only buy what’s necessary and when you buy a necessary item make sure it’s good quality, and if it is don’t be afraid to invest more, because, in the long run, you’ll actually end up saving money.
7. Start going to thrift shops
If you’re really serious about changing your clothing shopping habits try thrift shops, they are amazing! There’s so much diversity and uniqueness at these types of stores. And because clothing quality has been diminishing over the years, the older the clothing is the better!
If you feel hesitant to buy second-hand clothing because of a small stain or a missing button, don’t forget that sometimes thrift stores don’t even try to get rid of these “flaws” which means that all you need is a washing machine, a stain remover, and a good laundry detergent and that’s it! Watch your clothing item transform from old to new in a few minutes.
Now that you are aware of all the tips and tricks on how to take care of your clothes and how to make your clothes last longer you have to take a minute and think: Do I have this problem? If you’re not sure, just take a look at your closet, is it full of clothes you don’t even wear that often? Then the answer is yes.
Take a day off and start changing your habits now!