There’s a room in your home that can help you save some cash: your closet. Not convinced? Take a look at the following ways cleaning out your closet can help you save money.
Cut down on clothing costs by reusing older items
Let’s say you have an interview tomorrow, and you’ve discovered you don’t have a button-down shirt to wear. Before you grab your keys and head to your favorite clothing store, consider taking a look at your closet and looking for clothes that will fit your look.
By cleaning out your closet, you might find clothes, shoes and accessories that haven’t seen the light of day in months, if not years. You can also use the opportunity to fix old favorites and toss what you no longer want to wear. In addition, removing excess items from your closet makes it easier to see at a glance what you already have on hand. Having a handle on the inventory in your closet will help you save money in the long run, as you will be less likely to purchase clothes and accessories you already own.
If you find items in good condition, but which you no longer wish to wear, then consider donating clothing and accessories to a favorite charity. Don’t forget the receipt for your taxes.
Discover maintenance problems before they escalate
When was the last time you took a look at your closet ceiling or back wall? If you can’t remember, or it’s been awhile, then consider giving your closet a deep clean so you can inspect the walls and ceiling for any signs of damage. Cleaning out your closet can also improve air circulation among the items, thus preventing mold from growing. While you will need to spend money to correct any existing problems, cleaning out your closet in advance can prevent damage from worsening – and resulting in an expensive repair.
Keep your clothes in good condition
If your shoes are in a pile and your drawers are filled to near bursting, then cleaning out your closet is one way to maintain order while keeping your clothes in good condition. If items fall to the ground or get caught in the door, they can get damaged beyond a simple repair. Removing items you no longer need from your closet will give you more space to arrange your favorite outfits and shoes. Minimizing the amount of wardrobe essentials in your closet will also make it easier to find the right accessory or pair of shoes when getting ready for work.
Skip on costs associated with moving
Does your current home feel a little snug these days? While you might be tempted to move to a larger place, and possibly take on a larger rent or mortgage payment in the process, consider taking a look at your closet first and weeding out what you no longer wear or need. After removing the clothes that no longer fit, you’ll have more storage space and may not need to move to a larger home.
Cleaning out your closet can help you stay organized while also helping you save money. By removing what you no longer need or wear, you can also regain some space in your home.