The Minimalist Challenge: Day 1

In November, I’m going to be participating in the Minimalism Challenge. On the first day, I’ll give up one thing, on the second day, I’ll give up 2 things, and so on until on the 31st day, I’ll give up 31 things. I’ll document my progress here so that I’m held accountable for the things I give up–and also so I’ll have a memory of these items.

Letting go can be liberating, but it can also be tough, especially when they’re sentimental objects. But I’m tired of having so much clutter, keeping things in storage that don’t bring me joy and that I wouldn’t even remember about except that they’re taking up space in my room. So here’s to getting rid of things and freeing myself from material bondage.

Baby Cactus

The first thing I’m giving up is my baby cactus. We bought this baby on our writing retreat back in September randomly when we took a break to buy groceries. I loved this thing so much, I couldn’t stop snapping it. But since then, it has been sitting on my counter, unloved and, let’s be honest, dying. Because I can’t take care of plants. I’M LESS NURTURING THAN THE DESERT.

Baby Cactus by Bumbling Panda

Baby Cactus by Bumbling Panda

So goodbye baby cactus. You were loved.

How to Declutter Your Wardrobe and Save the Environment

ImagePlease don’t feel bad. It’s  not your fault. We know you have tried everything to make it work but it’s not meant to be. It’s time to re-invent your wardrobe.  Yet, for some of us it’s so hard to get rid of our unwanted clothes.  There are millions of reasons that make us keep those unused clothes clogging our closet. We at Bumbling Panda are committed to helping the environment. So, here are a few tips on how to get a brand new wardrobe that will help our environment and will save you more than just a penny.

Step One: Clean Out Your Closet

Take out all of the unwanted clothes out of your closet. You’ll want to make 3 separate piles: clothes you definitely don’t want, clothes you’re not sure about, or clothes with stains or tears in them that can be fixed.

Step Two: Donate or Sell

Take the pile of clothes that you know you do not want and sell or donate them to a thrift store. The most common way would be a yard sell but there are other ways to do it. Second hand stores, like Plato’s Closet and Buffalo’s Exchange, will usually give you the option of cash or store credit. You will get more credit than cash. I personally choose to get store credit because I can always go back to the store and use that credit to get clothes to complement my new wardrobe. But, if you don’t mind doing a little more work and research you can try selling your clothes at a Consignment Shop.  These shops will sell the clothes for you in exchange of a small percentage of the sells you make. All you have to do is prize your clothes and collect your money.

For all of the sentimental ladies that feel like a horrible person when you throw away your clothes, how about we find them a second home where they can be happy for the rest of their lives? There are second hand stores and thrift stores that will find your clothes a second home. Thrift stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army offer a tax credit for your donations.

Step Three: Rekindle the Love

Now, take a closer look at the pile of clothes you weren’t sure about. As you go through each piece of clothing, try to remember what it was you liked about it: the fabric, the color, the design…or maybe it was just too expensive and now it hurts to throw away your hard earned money. The trick is not to count something out just because is plain or boring. That boring dress can be the fabric you use to make a blouse that will go well with that dress you love so much.

A lot of your clothes can be altered, re-hemmed, or taken in, in order to look like a brand new piece of fashion.  Be creative as you try to recreate and refashion your clothes and you’ll remember why you fell in love with your outfits in the first place.

Oh, you don’t know how to sew? We got you covered.  Check out our YouTube page where we have easy to follow instructional videos on how to make great clothes.  We will also be posting easy to make tutorials on our blog that will open your mind to endless possibilities.

Save the Earth!

Those are just some tips that help you declutter your closet and do your part to save the environment at the same time. If you have any others, be sure to leave them in the comments below. That warm feeling you have in your tummy is not nature calling. It’s the feeling of accomplishment. Job well done!