Putting Your Closet On A Diet
The Start of The Minimalist Journey
When you’re really hungry you fill your plate to max, but after you eat it all your stomach becomes upset because it was more than you could handle. Most of us buy into the lie that more is better, and when it comes to our closets we feel the same way. You can have an overload of clothing but still feel like you have nothing to wear. This can happen for many reasons like shopping on the sales rack for clothes you don’t really need or look good in, but it was on SALE!
Truthfully, less is more. Let me help you put your closet on a diet by removing the unneeded pieces from your plate.
Fewer Clothes Equal. . .
- More Disposable Income
- Mornings with Less Stress
- Less Time Packing for Trips/Vacations
- Laundry Days Will Be Easier (easier but maybe not shorter)
I’m convinced more clothes make us feel more important, fashionable, and popular. While they really just end up in the way.
Steps to Minimize Your Wardrobe
- Admit you own too much clothing
- If you don’t want materialistic things to be a big deal in your life, cut the unnecessary overload out. If you have admitted to yourself you have more clothes than you wear it is time to de-clutter your life and become more organized.
- Wear fewer colors
- Most of us have an idea of the colors that look the best on us and what we wear most already. Keep those colors adding black and white and you’re all set. Choosing to intentionally wear fewer colors means less accessories (shoes, belts, jewelry, handbags, etc.). I chose 5 colors; black, white, grey, military green, and maroon.
- Embrace the idea of one
- When one can be enough, embrace it – one black dress, one swimsuit, one winter coat, one black belt, one pair of black shoes, one pair of sneakers, one handbag… insert your own based on your occupation, lifestyle, or climate.
- Donate, Sell, Recycle, Discard
- Make three piles – donate, sell, or recycle. Start with the clothes that you no longer wear. You’ll be surprised how much you can remove. Do this twice. Removing the clothes you no longer wear is easy. Removing the clothes that you don’t really need is a little harder.
- Only keep what you NEED
- Make a capsule wardrobe if you are real hard core. A capsule wardrobe consist of universal needed items. By wearing a universal nice blouse this makes work-to-play so much easier.
- Set a monthly spending limit
- Pick a low number and stick to it!
- Quality over Quantity
- Only buy clothing that you truly love – even if it costs more. If you stock your closet full of things you love, you will have less desire to add to it.
“People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile”
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