3 Ways Your Closet Can Save the World

Happy 2017 Earth Day! We hope you’re celebrating the holiday by thinking about the ways you can make your habits more eco-friendly every day. It’s never been more important than now!

For example, did you know that 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the United States each year? That’s a lot of paper if you’re not recycling it properly! 

Additionally, did you know fashion is the second-most polluting industry of water?And of course, the list could go on and on, but we’ll stop here.

To read more Earth Day facts (20 million people participated in the first one!) visit this site.

Now, Armoire is all about clothing storage, so to celebrate the holiday, we’re sharing three ways your closet can be more eco-friendly. Read on to learn how you can change the world in just a few simple steps. 

1. If you’re building a closet, or renovating one you already have, consider using sustainable materials like recycled and formaldehyde-free wood. Any time you’re building something new, using sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials is a must! Read more about it here.

2. What’s in your closet that you can recycle? Can you donate unused items? Armoire stores off-season pices until they’re ready to be worn, which frees up space and makes it easier to dress in the mornings, but can you get rid of things now that you rarely wear? Recycling is good for the planet! Read more about clothing recycling here.

3. Take a shopping fast, to research what you value. Pick a period of time to do your research on purchasing clothing made with sustainable materials before you buy anything new. Armoire can help here too, becuase it’s easier to feel like you have enough clothes, and won’t feel the need to buy more, when you’re only looking at what you love! Take some time to find out which brands are eco-friendly and which ones you can support, then jump back into shopping when you can do it with awareness. Read more about that here!

BONUS TIP 

Boy, do we love bonus tips! Here’s one additional way to make your closet eco-friendly, as a thanks for reading to the end of the post!

*BONUS: Use eco-friendly detergents and sustainable lighting. Are you using old-school light bulbs in your closet? Change them to CFLs! Are you using harsh detergents? Switch to something like 7th Generation, which is more environmentally friendly.

Good work, eco-friendly clothing superheroes! Tell us how you’re celebrating Earth Day in the comments below!


Thanks for reading! 
You can sign up for Armorie’s amazing clothing storage, dry-cleaning and delivery service on our website! Just visit http://www.getmyarmoire.com.

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Create More Space in Your Closet

In our last post, we gave you seven signs your closet might be overstuffed. Did any of them apply to you? If so, you may be looking for a way to clean and organize your space. 

If you didn’t see it, that’s okay! There’s probably a reason you came to this post, and we’re here to help. Keep reading for ideas on creating more space in your closet, so you can enjoy the pieces you already have and make room for additional ones!

1. Do the donate, keep and toss challenge. 

Make three piles, baskets or bags and book yourself a couple of hours to go through every clothing item you own, separating each piece into the donate, keep or toss pile. Donate items that no longer fit, are no longer your style, or that you haven’t worn in more than four months (excluding seasonal pieces. If you wore it heavily last season, keep it!) Keep items you love, items that express your style, and basics you use to build many outfits. Trash items that are torn, stained, or otherwise ruined or not wearable. 

2. Invest in organizers. 

There are so many organizing tools you can use—shoe organizers, scarf hangers, and more! Find the ones you love and invest in a system that works for you. We really love The Container Store; they have so many options to get all your stuff in order!

3. Find some DIY inspiration 

There’s nothing short of thousands of DIY closet inspiration on Pinterest. You can find our inspirational ideas @armoirechicago. Scroll through our “Closet Organization” or our “Beautiful Closets” boards to find projects that will help you decide on a clear direction for your space. What do you want it to look it? How will you make that happen? Find what you love and then create a plan to make those goals a reality.

4. Store off-season clothes
If you live in Chicago, you can use a service like Armoire, which picks up, stores, cleans and then delivers your clothes on demand. If you don’t, look for a similar service near you, or invest in a small storage locker. Worst case scenario, grab some large boxes at the U-Haul store and hide those puffer coats away. This way, you aren’t taking up space in your closet with items in the summer! You can’t create great outfits if you can’t find anything, or are constantly looking at the wrong pieces.

So there you have it, four really solid ways to create some space in your closet! The first one alone will get you really closer to your goal, but incorporating others will take your closet game next level. Care for your best clothing pieces, live spaciously, and you’ll find it much easier to express your style. Fashion happens when you make deliberate decisions about what to wear, and building great outfits happens when you declutter

7 Signs Your Closet is Too Full

Do you ever feel like you have nothing to wear, but plenty of clothes? Or do you ever want a specific pair of jeans or your favorite sweater, but can’t find it?

You may have an overloaded, stuffed closet. 

While it might seem like a good thing to have hundreds of pieces in your closet, clutter is often frustrating and makes you feel depressed or anxious. The more there is, the longer it takes to organize and it’ll be tough to find your favorite clothes.

If you feel like you need a wardrobe overhaul or are thinking of taking drastic measures, don’t do it just yet! You may just have an overloaded closet. Read these seven signs your closet is too full, and then decide.

1. You have a mix of winter and summer clothes.

2. You always run out of hangers.

3. You can’t find what you’re looking for.

4. You can’t close your dressers, or some clothes are always in chairs, in the laundry basket, etc.

5. You find something you bought months (or years!) ago with the tag still on it.

6. You just can’t bring yourself to clean it. The thought alone is exhausting.

7. Putting together an outfit you actually like takes forever.

Does this sound like you yet? If so, you may want to think of donating the extra pieces to those in need or using a service like Armoire, which stores, cleans and delivers your off-season clothes whenever you need them.

If you have too many pieces in your closet, you’ll never be able to find the ones you want. So consider those organizing tips and get your wardrobe in order!