Guest post from Carly of Happy The Home
Like me, I’m sure many of you would love a $1,000 shopping spree to your favorite clothing store. Truth be told, some of us would be happy to spend $50 or $100! But for most of us, we can’t spend a lot of money on a whole new wardrobe at the drop of a hat.
A few months ago, I began trying to simplify things in my life and home in an effort to spend more time doing things that are important to me. I wanted more time for Bible study, so I get up earlier. I wanted less laundry, so I minimized my kid’s clothes. Now it was my closet’s turn. But OH MY! It was not going to be easy.
I looked for ideas and found good blogs and articles for help with what to keep and what to get rid of. The What I Wore blog, and How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe were very helpful. Additionally, I texted my sister for her advice, as she always looks cute and we tend to like the same things! I also made some rules of my own.
My 6 “Rules” for a Minimalist Wardrobe
1. I won’t keep something if it’s uncomfortable or doesn’t fit me well.
2. I won’t buy anything new (at least not for a while).
3. I won’t feel bad keeping some of my favorite t shirts and gym clothes, but I will sort through them.
4. I won’t consider any “dry clean only” items except coats.
5. I won’t hang on to gifted clothing simply due to nostalgia.
6. I won’t keep anything because it “might fit if I lost a few pounds”.
With those rules in mind I also looked through my clothes by pulling EVERYTHING out of my closet and dresser. I decided to keep the following:
- 6 pants
- 8 blouses
- 8 sweaters/cardigans
- 4 skirts
- 4 dresses
- 3 vests
- 5 scarves
- 4 pair of shoes
- 2 belts
- 2 tights
I don’t think there’s a magic number to how many items of clothing one should have… and the pictures I took are merely to show how many things you can create with a few of these items.
What you see in the pictures are: 3 pants + 5 shirts + 2 jackets + 1 dress + 1 scarf + 3 pair of shoes
By no means have I exhausted the possibilities, but it’s exciting to think that I can do more with less. I want to simplify to make things easier and I don’t want my life to be characterized by “excess” and “disorganization”.
You might decide to keep way less than I did. But this is a start for me. Hope you enjoy watching a fashionably-impaired person enjoy a day of dress up!
Carly is a stay-at-home mother to four boys. She blogs at Happy The Home about faith, family, homemaking and all that lies between!