Minimalist Wardrobe: Saving Me Thousands Every Year

 

How I narrowed down my closet from full to minimal and how I wake up happier than ever before.

Let me tell you a bit of a backstory - I've recently lost a ton of weight by changing my diet to serve my body better and to fix some allergies that I'm just realizing that I have. So, I've been doing a lot of shopping because I feel great about myself! (Hey - self esteem! It's nice to see you again!)

I've recently been on a binge buying phase where I'll go thrift shopping and buy whatever it is that I want. This is totally not sustainable nor was it a good idea. Plus, it's not what I stand for as someone who is trying to be as sustainable as possible.

What I should have done is thought more carefully about what clothes would look good on my new body type and researched sustainable clothing manufacturers. I’ve decided to start up an Etsy shop to sell some of my recent purchases. But, you live and learn! I know for the next capsule to be more careful about what I buy and who I buy from.

So, I've decided to cut back on my shopping habits and only purchase things that I truly love and fit me. (Which is a new concept for me because I was so used to buying baggy clothing) But, in the meantime- while I build up my bank account again. I've decided to get rid of any clothing that doesn't serve me or I don't feel like a million bucks in using the clothes that I've recently bought.

So, I went from about 100 pieces down to 30 versatile pieces that I love and can pair with multiple outfits in the daily.

If you haven't heard of this trend, I highly recommend that you look into it. It's called the minimalist lifestyle. You only own what you need and a couple items that make you happy.

Our society has the mindset of buy buy buy and then those things just sit in our closet for months without even wearing them.

I'm tired of giving my money away - because I'm buying that clothing items that I "kind of" like with hours of my life. I only want to buy clothing that I would be happy to give an hour of my life to.

Here's an example of what my spring capsule looks like:

Closet

PS - this capsule was 100% free to me because I just went through my closet and sorted out what I liked and didn't like. I didn't buy any new pieces. I have a few items that I will probably purchase in the coming months - but I'll just take in my old clothes that I'm now getting rid of to a consignment store and use that money to purchase a pair of distressed skinny jeans, a better fitting white tee, a sports bra, and a cute baseball cap that I love.

So, all my bargain shoppers out there. I see you and I hear you! Here's some things that I did to minimize my closet using clothes that I already owned.

  1. We all have that one tee, pair of pants or dress that we feel fabulous in. Those are the pieces that you need to keep.

  2. Try on everything in you currently own in your closet - if it doesn't fit right. Put it in the get rid of pile. Trust me: it'll be so freeing at the end of this. You'll feel lighter and less constrained to stuff. Plus! It's less laundry! Really, it's a win win.

  3. Think about how those pieces can create outfits together. If you have one basic black tee or a pair of jeans that can go with just about everything. Hold onto those items.

  4. Think in the long run - choose pieces that will last and are good quality. You’ll have those pieces for many years to come. I like to set aside the stable pieces (black tee, white tee, jeans, etc. because those pieces will never go out of style.)

Here's to being sustainable, taking less time to get ready, enjoying looking at your closet and not saying “I don't have anything to wear” with a simple 32 pieces I'm able to have over 40 different outfit combinations. I'll likely lessen my item number as time goes on - but since this is my first capsule, I'm taking it slow.

Happy easy mornings!
Ashlee