No matter what size your wardrobe, you will create less waste if you can make your clothing last longer. Here are some suggestions, and some lessons I’ve learned the hard way:
1. Leave some pieces at work. Or church, or wherever you wear your nice clothing. I hang my 3 blazers in my closet at work. This prevents them from being worn in the car, when I will inevitably be drinking (and spilling) coffee. They don’t get wrinkled from being under my coat. My dress shoes also stay at work, unless I anticipate needing them that evening.
2. Only wash clothing that is dirty.This sounds like a no-brainer, but it isn’t. How often do we automatically throw everything into the hamper? Washing is hard on clothes. If it looks nice, isn’t wrinkled, and passes the sniff test, hang it back up!
3. Keep deodorant everywhere! Especially if you do aluminum-free, like I do! We have sticks in both cars, a couple in the house, and a stick in my desk drawer at work. Reapply at least once a day, or anytime you feel like you need it. This will help keep your clothing from needing a wash.
4. Don’t sleep in it! I don’t care how tired you are. If you don’t do PJ’s, try a t-shirt, or some stretchy pants and a shirt. Hang the nice stuff back up!
5. Don’t let the laundry linger. Move it from the washer to the dryer, before you get that smell that never goes away (and, thus, spells the end of the outfit). Then, empty the dryer right away. Don’t let clothes stay and get all wrinkly and misshapen.
So, take a little care, and keep that wardrobe looking sharp!