Ever think that your closet is filled with too much junk? It turns out your clutter could be harming more than your feng shui; it may actually be making you less happy.
After launching a sustainable fashion startup, AEON ROW, I surveyed consumers to find out how their closets actually affect their lives. It turns out that 70 percent of our audience reported feeling like they would be happier if their closets contained fewer clothes. "Less is more" has always been a saying in fashion, but these days it might just be the key to emotional well-being, too.
If you're looking to downsize, even by just a shirt or two, there are plenty of resources that detail how to decide what stays and what goes. But there aren't as many that speak to what you should do with the clothes that don't make the cut. If a piece of clothing is in good shape, selling, trading, or donating it are all great options. But what can you do with worn-out clothing?
For the love of all that is holy, do not throw it in the trash. In the United States alone, 11 million tons of clothing goes to landfills annually, representing years of human labor, millions of gallons of water, and kilowatts of wasted energy. Worn-out clothing still has purpose and value, and the last place it should be going is to a garbage dump. Instead, try these simple ideas to impart your old clothes with new life.