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3 good reasons & 5 tips for lasting order in the closet

According to the Federal Statistical Office, every individual in Germany owns 10.000 items. According to the reseller company rebuy, a large proportion of these are clothing items. In Austria, the situation is probably not much different.

Given that number, there is good reasons to clean up thoroughly:

  • Mucking out is always one inventory, an opportunity to appreciate and rediscover what you have and to let go of certain things (including memories).
  • In the cupboard or basement, only very few items get better. In terms of resource conservation, it is more sustainable not to let shoes, clothes, crockery, instruments and the like rot away unused, but rather to let them spenden or further to sell. In this way, the materials stay in place longer circulation and less new goods have to be produced.
  • Last but not least is sorting out and creating order, like airing. When it's done and the cupboards are only half as full, the home feels much fresher.

For the Sustainability stylist Janine Dudenhöffer has five tips for implementation:

  1. goal in mind
    The mental image of a perfectly tidy wardrobe or office cupboard is a good motivation. Such an arrangement provides an overview at all times and thus saves time and nerves every day.
  2. bring some time
    A sorting action takes longer than five minutes. Therefore plan enough time or divide the action into several time windows on different days.
  3. Categories
    We often have more of one category in our closet than we actually need. One copy is enough, for example one of your favorite jeans.
  4. I don't like it anymore, but it's still good
    This applies, for example, to many items of clothing or consumer electronics. Don't just throw them away, but sell them via recommerce platforms or donate them to charitable organizations so that their lifetime is meaningfully extended.
  5. Question your consumption
    Such an inventory is a good opportunity to ask for each item whether it was an impulse purchase, how often it was used or worn, and whether the purchase was really necessary. This helps to be more careful with future purchases.

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Written by Karin Bornett

Freelance journalist and blogger in the Community option. Technology-loving Labrador smoking with a passion for village idyll and a soft spot for urban culture.

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