I like to travel, for the most part. When I was younger I loved packing for a trip. I would have my suitcase open in my bedroom a week prior as if to prolong the vacation experience. I would pack and unpack and carefully arrange things while daydreaming of the fun that was about to happen. Now, packing is the worst part- yet I have it down to a science. I have come to the conclusion that I could pretty much survive any trip with 2 shirts, denim, and a cardigan. So I start with that and go from there. This ability and desire to wear just a couple of my favorite pieces when I go out of town really makes me think that I could benefit from a minimalist wardrobe.
For as long as I can remember, I have desired to only own my favorite things. I want to open my closet and instead of choosing the shirt, dress, sweater that I hate the least that day, be overwhelmed because I want to wear everything right now!
I’m also the person who won’t wear my most favorite shirt because I don’t want to ruin it.
Streamlining my wardrobe has always been a dream, but making it a reality is something I have been putting off. I have read the magical decluttering books and believe me, they have helped. Also, selling clothes online with apps like Poshmark has been a huge motivator. But I think the time has come to REALLY do this.
In case you are wondering what my point is in doing this… here’s what I want to see happen…
Minimalist Wardrobe Goals
- Own only my favorite pieces. Like I said, I want everything to be something I want to wear immediately, just like the day I bought it.
- Keep only what fits well and is flattering. There is NO POINT in wearing something that is too big/small or fits odd. I don’t have room for that in my life or in my closet.
- Quality pieces. If I have fewer things they should be good materials that are comfortable and that are washable. I hate falling in love with a top and once washed it is no longer the same shape or material texture.
- Fill all gaps in my wardrobe. The other day I realized that I didn’t have a simple black cardigan. I don’t know how this happened. Once I get to the basics of what I wear I can see what I still need or what needs to be replaced.
- 80% pre-owned. This is a huge goal. I love to shop pre-owned and believe in the principles behind it. I am not saying 100% because sometimes you just have to buy some items new.
The list about may resonate with some of you while others cannot fathom scaling back. I do have some specific reasons…
Reasons I want a Minimalist Wardrobe
- I get easily overwhelmed with clutter. Large crowds can be overwhelming, too much noise, too much STUFF. My closet overwhelms me. Even the picture of the full clothing rack at the top of this post stresses me out.
- I have limited space. I share a closet so I only get half and its FULL.
- Essentially there is money hanging in my closet. If you are an online clothing seller- you get this.
To get the ball rolling I am going to do a huge closet purge. You know what that means- listing more on Poshmark! This doesn’t mean that going forward I will no longer shop, far from it. But I will be able to replace things that I like with things that I love and continue rotating pieces.
The next steps are what I am unsure of… I know there are popular “challenges” out there to test the waters before actually getting rid of clothes. I don’t see myself imposing a limit to the number of items I can keep, or maybe that’s the only way to effectively do this. What do you think?
Have you attempted or been successful with a minimalist wardrobe?
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