Healin’ Ideas: Green your Closet

Going green when it comes to our closets not only saves us money and prevents us from falling for crazy fads but is also planet friendly. Here are some tips to green your closets without losing your edge on creativity or narrowing down your closet options excessively – 


Shop Your Closet – Before you go shopping for newer goodies for your closet, you might want to shop your own closet for things you might need for the season to prevent yourself from shelling out money on impulsive purchases. Keeping trends and seasons in mind, dig for pieces in your closet that you can wear and keep them where you can see them so you can use them as a base for making your shopping list for the new season. Try to find new pieces that go with the existing pieces in your wardrobe.

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Healin’ Ideas: Green your Closet:  glamour.com, pinterest, pinterest, caradelveinge


Trading Pieces – Share your closet with your friends, sisters and cousins. You’ll feel like you have a bigger closet and more options to choose from. It might make styling aspect fun and also inject a mysterious side to your personality drawn from the unique taste of trading partners. 


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Healin’ Ideas: Green your Closet:  Vivaluxury blog, pinterest, itssuperfashion


Go Classic – Stay classic in a world gone plastic. Go for the 80 / 20 rule. Buy more high-quality timeless classics and a few affordable trends to energize your wardrobe for a fresh twist. Investing in high quality timeless classics might reduce your closet spending on a long term basis. This concept works great with accessories such as hats, gloves, bags, jewelry, watches, belts, sunglasses etc., because they don’t wear out as easily as clothes. Go for classic pieces such as trench coats, military jackets, leopard print pieces and breton tops in basic or neutral colors such as navy, blacks, whites and nudes. If you are good at maintaining things, you might be able to pass it down to your daughters or someone in the family. Here is a list of collectable classics to start building your classic wardrobe. 

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Healin’ Ideas: Green your Closet: Pinterest, redbookmag, redbookmag, pinterest


Vintage View – Shop at flea markets or vintage stores. Websites such as Threadflip can help turn your old-favorites that you don’t use anymore into cash and shop for some amazing pre-owned / pre-loved fashion. You can also probably trade old-pieces with your friends and family. 

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Healin’ Ideas: Green your Closet: wwd, redbookmag, usmagazine, gactv 



Wash Wise – There are tons of tips online for reducing the need for frequent laundry or dry cleaning from steaming to using vodka sprays ( 1 part vodka + 2 parts water in a spray bottle). Hand washing with gentle eco-friendly detergent and hang-dry can make clothes last longer.

Recycle and Reuse –  Before throwing away anything, see if your can turn them into something useful for reuse such as cleaning rags. If it’s totally out of shape then you might want to consider recycling. H & M stores now have bins for recycling clothes and they accept any brands in any condition. Read about their recyling program here

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Healin’ Ideas: Green your Closet: en.paperblog, casualdetails


Creative Spirit – It helps to see fashion as a theraputic and inspiring art like painting, where you don’t have to buy everything you see. With a little creativity and imagination, you can be as creative and resourceful as Scarlet was in the movie “Gone with the wind” and might be able to turn even curtains into a desirable dress. Try modifying the pieces in your closet by using painting or dip dying techniques, adding peplums or appliqués, layering edges with color-blocked or sheer pieces, adding leather sleeves, changing buttons etc. to give them a fresh creative spin. If you can make these modifications detachable then you can keep the versatility of the original pieces. 

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Healin’ Ideas: Green your Closet: redbookmag, Gary pepper vintage, vanessajackman, Anthropologie

Hope these ideas inspire you to broaden your closets, get creative and stay uniquely stylish while being gentle on your wallets and the planet. Do you have any bright ideas or tips to green our closets?  

“Scoot up to the attic and get Ma’s old box of dress patterns, Mammy. You’re going to make me a new dress.” 

– Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind


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  14 comments for “Healin’ Ideas: Green your Closet

  1. August 9, 2013 at 2:24 am

    i agree with this entire article. i used to have a hoarding type of mentality, but now i only keep what i love and looks fabulous and i am super careful with what materials i purchase as well. i also find it best to splurge a little bit on something if it ensures quality, than have to constantly replace it when it wears out.

    • August 9, 2013 at 2:53 am

      I had the same hoarding problem 🙂 I am back to old ways of shopping and I like buying good quality clothes now. Plus, shopping takes up a lot of time and cheap clothes wear out easily and I feel guilty about all that waste created. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. August 9, 2013 at 3:27 am

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  3. August 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    This is brilliant concepts you are sharing WOW, its unique. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  4. August 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Love the points and suggestions your bring up in this post. In recent years, I’ve become a big fan of shopping my closet and it’s helped me unearth some hidden treasures that were long forgotten. Now I try to do a closet review at least twice a year. I totally agree with the 80/20 rule and looking at quality classics as investment pieces. I still like to hit up F21 and H&M for cheap accessories form time to time though. I’m excited that denim jackets are back. I just dug one out that I bought at Club Monaco years ago and can’t wait to wear it when the weather cools down 🙂

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • August 13, 2013 at 12:40 am

      Loved reading this and I’m so glad you are on the same track. I shop at F21 and H & M for trends but mostly clothes. I love seeing denim jackets on trend and I have a 90s victoria secret one. 🙂

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  8. August 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I read this post Friday and cleaned out my closet today! WOOP WOOP! It’s so easy now. Three years ago I saw where I had too many clothes. Just holding onto stuff. Some unnecessary! I gave some away and sold the rest. I really think about what I’m buying now. I try to avoid a lot of trends. Maybe just a few, but I’m really sticking to classic pieces. Just put some more stuff up on eBay. I want to look into “green” cleaning detergents for my clothes. Excellent post doll! I loved it and it helped.

    • August 13, 2013 at 12:33 am

      Thanks Kim! Just reading your comments I can feel the lightness and excitement that comes from cleaning out closets and getting rid of all that unnecessary things. So glad you got to make some money selling them. I do buy trends but I go for forever 21 or H & M for that so I don’t feel bad throwing them away. I like investing in long-term clothes. I have denim jackets and some things from the 90s that are still relevant today and I like that feeling of holding on to things. There are some very good green detergents out there today and the market has come a long way so i’m sure you’ll find your favorite brand. 🙂

      • July 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm

        very cool! you have a great blog!i posted about your blog and shop at mine! (along with some other inseirpd black, white, and yellow products)have a lovely day! 🙂

  9. August 11, 2013 at 12:19 am

    amazing post x greets from Poland ❤❤❤
    kisses xxx

  10. August 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

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