Rewear, Reuse, Recycle

 “The intention of voluntary simplicity is not to dogmatically live with less. It’s a more demanding intention of living with balance. This is a middle way that moves between the extremes of poverty and indulgence.”

1940s. Duane Elgin. 


I have a hard time saying no to coupons and discounts so even though it is only the beginning of February, I’ve already spent my budget on clothes and shoes. I’m wary that I won’t be able to keep promises that I’ve made to myself but the first step in healing is realization although I’ve been on this first step far more than the Kardashians being on reality television show.

I committed myself to becoming a zero-waste enthusiast. At the beginner stage, I become more observant to my surroundings and I spend a lot of time researching. Even after cleaning out 65% of my closet space, I still have clothes that would take six months to wear every single item. I came up with a new budget plan to help me decide what to keep and recycle.


Budget Wardrobe Overhaul Quick Guide

When cleaning out your closet, it is important to know the why, what, and when? Focus on what you need, when you will execute your plan, and most importantly, why it is important for you to clean out your closet? I find it helpful to try on clothes, so you can comfortably make a decision. I’ve come to conclusion on 3 steps I’ve taken to improve my quality of life.


  1. Rewear
  2. Reuse
  3. Recycle



Is this item wearable? If it is wearable, will you wear it often? How many times can you wear it? I learn from a friend of mine about calculating the money you spend on how many times you can wear something. It is worth keeping if you can wear something more than the amount of money you spend. It is also smart to not purchase something if you spend more than how many times you will wear. Simply put, don’t keep things you won’t wear again. Keep things that you can wear today and not when you lose 25lb in a year. It only occupied space in your home. When in doubt, keep staple items over trend. The trend goes in and out, but classic clothes will keep you timeless.



Can this item be repurposed? If so, how can this be reuse? It is a challenge to repurpose clothes sometimes whether you want to use it as a rag or tailoring it. This is when I decide to either sell, donate, or give away my clothes. If it’s natural fabric like linen or cotton, I repurpose it for a rag to clean my wooden floor, napkin cloth, or a washcloth. This way, I don’t have to spend money on miscellaneous items around the house. Side note: Linen is nonporous, durable, and strong. It is highly absorbent and attracts less dirt. It is best in hot weather because it is comfortable and cool, dries quickly and doesn’t lint.



Recycling is the last result. Anything that you can’t sell, give away and donate clothes nobody wants. Having a budget helps to keep function in a much sustainable way. I begin to analyze my closet before I buy something. As I mention, I donate something whenever I buy something new. My long-term goal to is to recycle less. I think if we buy less, we recycle less and that translates into having more money in our pockets so we can continue to live a sustainable lifestyle.



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