One of the themes that have really spoken to me this past year is to reuse and recycle.
As I have been preparing my taxes, I realized that I have spent almost $2000 the past year on my work wardrobe. I was okay with this because I knew I could use it as a tax write off since it was work related. I could also take the articles of clothing that no longer fit or I didn't use anymore and donate them. I would be able to get a tax write off for that as well when I would bring them to thrift stores. However, a friend told me that that may not be the case moving forward. True or not, it really got me thinking even more about how my money flows and what else I could do to participate in my minimalist lifestyle.
Instead of purchasing new clothes, over the past couple months I have been teaching myself how to sew via Pinterest and You Tube videos. This is definitely a time investment. I took out my whole closet and cleaned it. I put back items that I wear on a regular basis. I put back my work uniforms. I put back recently purchased items needed for upcoming engagements. As I went through everything, I made a pile of things I don't wear. I made a pile of things that don't fit.
I took the last two piles and contemplated if there was anything I could do to salvage them. If the issue was the sleeves were worn, I would cut the sleeves off and make it into a short sleeve shirt. If the issue was the sleeves were too long, I looked up different sleeve styles and taught myself how to do them. In one afternoon, I had 5 new shirts. If the issue was the collar was too tight or getting worn, I cut it off and made a different style. Another afternoon passed and I had 3 more new shirts.
I had a special event coming up and needed a solid black shirt. I didn't have one, so purchased one at the thrift store (waiting until sale day) for $1.24. When I was looking for a shirt, all I came across were originally between $14 - $25. I got mine for just $1.24!
In order to make my alterations, I also spent $2.00 on a seam ripper. For 2018, I have only spent $3.24 on my wardrobe and that makes me very happy. I provides a great stress relief knowing I can use this avenue to save money. My first goal for 2018 is to pay off the remaining $10,000 on my car loan and I feel like this tactic will help be get there even faster!
Over the past two years, I have really begun to pick up the hobby of making projects myself. I find not only is it a great outlet for my artistic aspirations, but actually saves me quite a bit on money that could me used for other aspirations. Here is a collection of some of the projects I have put together over the past couple years.