Why I Tossed My Clothes for a Minimalist Wardrobe
Okay, so I know I can’t be the only one that has stood in front of their stuffed closet as it’s basically vomiting clothing from every crevice, and thought, “Oh. My. Gosh. I have NOTHING to wear.” Yep, Nothing. I adopted a minimalist wardrobe.
That was me six months ago, but that doesn’t happen anymore. And no, I didn’t throw everything away and go on a massive shopping spree, although that sounds like fun.
Thats because the massive amount of clothing that was overflowing out was stuff I hadn’t worn in years, or it didn’t fit, or I paid a ridiculous amount of money for it and felt guilty getting rid of it. My drawers were the same way- stuffed to the point it was hard to shut them completely.
I thought feeling that way about my clothing was normal. I thought it was just a thing that you do, and it wasn’t like I was hoarding it… I mean, I put things in our yearly yard sale or donated things I didn’t like anymore quite often.
Well, one afternoon I came across this wardrobe capsule idea. I was curious… What the heck is a wardrobe capsule? Do you have to buy an entirely new wardrobe? Does it cost money? I’m assuming you’re likely having the same questions, so I’ll explain…
A wardrobe capsule is an awesome idea that Caroline from Unfancy came up with, and its the theory that you can have a very limited amount of clothing (something like 37 pieces… but you could honestly get away easily with less than that), and have them all coordinate to create nearly hundreds of different outfits. The concept is absolutely genius, and she goes into such detail on her website, that it’s almost impossible not to give it a try.
This inspired me to go through my clothing and simplify my wardrobe drastically. I really liked the feeling of having more room in my closet, and started to think about other ways to minimize clutter and simplify my life. That’s when I came across The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Everyone kept saying what an amazing book it was and how it changed their lives entirely.
I was definitely skeptical, but I bought it. I read it in two days, and I went straight to my closet and reduced some more (I reduced the clutter and simplified in some other areas as well but I’ll talk about that another time).
Honestly, I thought some of the stuff that Marie Kondo said to do in her book was a little wacky. Like rolling your socks to let them “rest,” or folding your clothing with the Konmari method. It sounded ridiculous and time consuming, but I tried it anyway. I was absolutely shocked to discover that I will no longer fold my clothes the normal way again.
Going through every single piece of my clothing and truly deciding whether it made me feel joy seemed so silly until I actually did it. I was able to donate over 3/4 of my clothing.. maybe even more, and I don’t miss a single thing that I got rid of because I love everything that I kept, and I actually enjoy neatly folding the pieces of clothing that I do have.
My clothing now takes up only 1/4 of the closet I share with my husband, and 3 dresser drawers. That’s including socks, pants, shirts, everything.
It gives me a sense of control over my space, and order that I didn’t have before, and maybe I’m going crazy over here… but I suddenly like putting my laundry away! Now that’s life-changing!
You might be wondering why I’m posting about this since organization is something that I normally don’t write about, but simple living and minimalism are something that goes hand in hand with living a more natural lifestyle. I’ve been working hard to dig deep and think about what’s most important in life, and right now it’s spending time with my family and my children, and I was having a hard time enjoying the time I was spending with them when I was constantly feeling like I was drowning in materialistic things and clutter.
Living simply goes along with teaching your children to be less wasteful. It helps to show them that we don’t need to have everything; that things aren’t as important as people.
Being home is so much more enjoyable when you learn to say goodbye to things you think you need… but really, you won’t even miss them.
So, what I’m trying to say, is while you’re stuck in the house this winter, read about the konmari method. Think about how crazy it is. Then try it, and you will feel a sense of control and lightness you haven’t felt in a long time. Good luck!