Minimalist Mindset: Clothing

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Having a minimalist wardrobe

I want to keep only the clothes that I love and wear. Right? Minimalism is living with what you need and what you love.

The steps to getting more clothes that I actually wear is:281938_150342001708489_1819237_n

1. Declutter my clothes. Be ruthless and get rid of everything that doesn’t fit or doesn’t look awesome on me. I only want to keep what I actually love!

2. Hanger trick. Put all the hanging clothes on hangers backwards and once I wear it, turn the hanger around the right way. That way I’ll REALLY know what I’m not wearing.

3. Declutter again. After a season or two has gone by, I’ll look at my clothes and again evaluate. This time I’ll get rid of whatever I haven’t worn, whatever doesn’t have a match, whatever doesn’t fit or doesn’t look awesome on me.

4. Declutter again with the intention of making room for new clothes!! One last time I’ll look through my closet and evaluate the clothes asking the questions below. Then, since I have room in my closet I can buy clothes I LOVE!! Also, when I buy new clothes I’ll be asking all the questions below to see if I really what to buy it. This will be my favorite step, when I finally get there. 🙂

In other words, here is my biggest tip for decluttering your clothes:

Purge it. And then purge it again. And again.

I tend to (and we probably all do) reach for the same clothes over and over again, even though we have other options. Why? Because we love them and too many choices can be overwhelming.

How to declutter?

Ask yourself the hard questions:
  1. Would I buy this now? Don’t hold onto it just because you might need it
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    later. If you need it later, you could buy it later. Would you buy this item NOW?

  2. Does this still fit me? If it doesn’t, then get rid of it!! (Unless it’s maternity clothes. Or unless you just had a baby or you just gained some weight – then give yourself some time. But don’t hold onto a smaller size item for years – get rid of it. You can buy new clothes you love when you change sizes again. Keep only what you wear!!)
  3. Does it make me feel awesome when I put it on? We are thinking about a minimalist closet, so again keep only what you love and wear!!
  4. When was the last time I really wore this? Go through the process of turning all your hangers around backwards until you’ve worn them once (or twice). Then, after 6 months have gone by and you still haven’t worn them – out they should go!
  5. Is it too worn out? Don’t hold onto clothes that are old and falling apart – get rid of it so you can buy something new!!

Here are 8 more ways to evaluate what you keep in your closet!!

Here’s a cool graphic from Make Room for Greatness!! (on the right)

Determine a number

I love Living on a Dime’s list of how many clothes you really need in a minimalist closet!! Although it’s probably going to be really hard to get down to that number.

If you REALLY want a challenge – check out this 40 hanger challenge!

Don’t forget, while you are in the bedroom:
  • Go through the same decluttering process with accessories like jewelry, purses, shoes, scarfs and ties. Be ruthless. So many of these things are outdated or just not “you” anymore. Get rid of them!
  • Get rid of anything in your bedroom that you don’t use for sleeping and dressing. Don’t use your bedroom as a spare room or catch all room.

 

3 Responses

  1. Heather S

    Great tips. I have my own version of your hanger routine – I relegate “iffy” clothes to the top shelf of the closet (which I can’t reach without a stool). If I haven’t taken the trouble to climb up there and pull the item down within a year, it GOES!

    Occasionally I have a sentimental item (something handmade or belonging to my grandma, for instance). Then I have a clear storage tub I pack it into. Sometimes those items come back in style a few years later! 🙂