Monday, 30 March 2015

Clothing and textiles in the simple living home (Part 1)


We all need clothes and outerwear to protect us from the elements, and every home should be stocked with a variety of textiles to help us keep our houses clean and comfortable. The cost of buying new clothing and textiles is staggering, so it makes good sense for any home manager to find thriftier solutions to meet these essential home and family needs. Using creative resourcefulness we can stretch those hard earned dollars until they squeal!

Most communities have at least one charity/thrift shop, which is a home manager’s best, most reliable resource for sourcing a varied selection of clothing and textiles for the home and family. In modern times, excess of all kinds surrounds us, which translates into thrift stores bursting with gently used clothes, outerwear, linens and home goods. It makes no financial sense to buy new when such abundance exists in our communities for pennies on the dollar. The key to sourcing most of your family’s clothing and textiles at a thrift store is to visit it regularly and know when new items are put out (usually early morning before store opening although sometimes, this occurs on specific days only).


Another fantastic clothing and textile resource for home managers is freecycle. This fast growing, FREE, online network provides everyday people with tremendous networking power to share goods no longer needed. Our family loves donating bags of clothing no longer needed directly to people in our community and we greatly appreciate the reciprocal generosity. Freecycle builds strong communities through the sharing that it facilitates and it is a tremendously powerful budget stretcher. I encourage you to set up an online account on your local network to begin using this valuable resource.


Community clothing swaps are another way for people to share and trade clothing and outerwear at no cost. Usually, these events are held annually and are geared toward children’s clothes, as the steady growth of children requires nearly constant wardrobe purging/purchasing. Clothing swaps often take place in community centers, recreation centers or church halls but many women’s groups are now offering clothing swaps as well. If you can’t find a local clothing swap, consider starting one yourself!

To be continued tomorrow ...