Today’s small step to save money is actually part of a multi-day project. I cleaned out my closet this weekend. Now the only clothes in my closet or my chest of drawers fit the following criteria:
- I wear them.
- They look good on me… in other words they fit and are flattering.
- They’re in good condition (except for my one designated ‘grungy’ outfit, which I save for things like painting)
- I like them.
- They fit my needs- work clothes, workout clothes, casual clothes and so on.
If I don’t love it, use it and want it, I got rid of it. But not everything, in fact. I pulled a bunch of clothes out that met all the above except that they aren’t in wearable condition at the moment. Maybe the hem is too long, or there’s a seam coming undone. Some I need to adjust in certain ways, like adding or removing a tuck or changing the buttons.
My frugal act for today isn’t actually fixing the garments- it’s a work day and I don’t have time (not to mention that I really should be concentrating on my thesis…). Instead it’s to actually put all the clothes over to the side and make sure my sewing kit and everything else I need is with them. This Sunday happens to be my monthly project day get together with two of my best friends, and now I have my project in hand, all ready to go. I won’t waste time looking for my supplies, nor will I waste money replacing perfectly good clothes that just need a bit of care.
What have you done to live frugally today?