I’ve talked about how to get the perfect wardrobe before but the one thing I didn’t talk much about or really at all is how to choose which clothes to keep, how to create a great outfit or how to fully utilize what you already have. One of the biggest things I experience, as do many others, is making an outfit or at the very least not wearing the same outfit 4 times a week because its such an awesome outfit. I have some great clothes that I would wear every day if I could because of how good they look, how comfy they are and how I feel wearing them. My biggest problem is doing just that. I wear practically the same clothes day in and day out without changing it up much and the only time I don’t wear those clothes are when they need to be washed.
Now, since Gilly and I moved to Victoria we have decked out our new unit pretty quickly and nicely. We did the whole ‘black and white’ theme and have gotten every piece of furniture you need when you are just starting out. The one thing we still don’t have? You guessed it, a washing machine. So for the past two weeks we have been kinda gross and have had a pile of dirty washing sitting in the corner of the room until we can get to a laundromat. We discovered during our first visit ever (yes you read that correctly) to said laundromat that they are bloody expensive. We were expecting like $2 per load or something but ended up with $14 for one load and then another like $10 to dry it. How ridiculous is that?! To be fair we have since found a cheaper laundromat but it’s still hella expensive.
Ok, I’ve gone on a bit of a tangent there so I’ll get back to what I came here to say in the first place. But first, a little bit more reasoning behind why.
My little story about the laundromat has a lot to do with what I want to share with you and I think you’ll figure out what my new tip is pretty quickly. So while we have been using the laundromat, we are also super poor for the majority of the time so we only end up doing our laundry once a week (gross I know, but once we get a washing machine there will be no grossness anymore). Do you see where I am going with this yet? If you haven’t then don’t worry I am about to tell you. Ready?
My super top-secret tip for utilizing your whole closet? Don’t do your laundry until you really have to, and when I say that I mean when you run out of clean underwear, not when your favourite pair of jeans are dirty. In the two weeks that I have been without a washing machine, I have found myself wearing my favourite clothes on day 1 and 2 and then having to go through my wardrobe to find a completely different pair of shorts that I’d forgotten I ever owned. I started wearing clothes that I’ve had for years but didn’t particularly like or have anything to go with, or so I thought. I have found that I now have an endless number of options to choose from each day.
So, not only do I save money on washing (sort of) but I also have new outfits to wear, I have more choices and I don’t have a wardrobe full of neglected clothes. So next time you have laundry to do, maybe leave it a couple of extra days so you are basically forced to choose something new.
Do you have any tips to add? How do you utilize your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below!