How often do you sort through your wardrobe and find a bunch of things that you no longer wear? Whether it’s the back of your closet or the bottom third of a perpetual pile of dirty laundry, most of us have a lot of clothes that we never even look at anymore. It seems wasteful to throw them away, and we haven’t had the time or the energy to take them to Goodwill, so they just sit, taking up space and serving absolutely no purpose.
Your wallet and the environment will both benefit from reusing as many items as you possibly can. While some of them may end up not being salvageable, you will probably find that a lot of them can be reused.
Although a black helmet purchased for a sport you no longer participate in, or a pair of jeans with a rip in the crotch may need to be thrown out, a little bit of creativity can make a lot of old items seem brand new. Here are a few tips.
If you know how to sew, you are a step ahead already. In that case, you might even be able to save the torn pair of jeans. Even just the most basic sewing knowledge can be helpful. If there is an old dress that no longer fits you, or a blouse you loved that has torn and can’t be repaired, you can cut them up and make patches!
An old denim skirt that has lost its luster could be given new life with strategically placed fabric swatches. Pair it with a t-shirt and some leather brown boots, and you’ll have a great new outfit!
You also might find that items you have disregarded could be given new life simply by mixing and matching them in a new way, or adding some new accessories. You might have an old, solid colored t-shirt that you stopped wearing because you thought it was boring. But if you throw on a big, funky necklace and a leather watch with the shirt, it could suddenly become one of your favorite pieces of clothing!
Take every opportunity to look for accessories like scarves, jewelry, tights and leggings. These items are often more affordable than dresses, pants and shirts, and they take up much less space. You can often find them on sale in department stores, or find them secondhand at a thrift store. In turn, they will help breathe new life into clothes you thought were long-dead.