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Your Minimalist Wardrobe Questions Answered

Your Minimalist Wardrobe Questions Answered

Yesterday I showed you inside my small (but well-formed!) wardrobe and while I’m sure that was interesting to some of you, there are many more who have questions about the process rather than the contents of my personal cupboard.

So I’ve compiled a list of the most common minimalist wardrobe questions in the hopes that it will help inspire you to try it yourself.

How do I get started?

Yesterday’s post is a good place to begin, but if you’re feeling completely overwhelmed I would suggest:

  1. Reading the 2015 Simple Living Handbook. It has a whole chapter devoted to simplifying your wardrobe, starting on page 25. Download a free copy here and use it to work through the contents of your wardrobe piece by piece. It doesn’t matter if this takes you a day, a week or even more, simply commit to removing everything that no longer fits, is never worn, is beyond repair or that you simply don’t like.
  2. Understand your requirements. If you work in a corporate environment, you need smart officewear. (It’s been a long time since I’ve worked in a corporate environment, so I won’t pretend to have the answers for this. Check out Light by Coco or Project333 for starters.) If you’re at home with young kids, you’re looking at a more casual wardrobe. You need to establish your requirements and balance the ratio of work/casual clothes based on this. In many cases (though not all) you can make items work for both work and casualwear.
  3. Understand your personal style. If you don’t think you have one, simply look at the styles you’ve been drawn to consistently, and find what it is about them you like. Spend some time on Pinterest, pinning the looks you like to a personal board, and ask yourself whether these work based on your requirements (see above). There’s no right and wrong here, but having a good understanding of what you like, what suits you and what works for your lifestyle means it will be easier to create a small, effective wardrobe.

Honestly, it’s been a gradual process for me to discover what I need, what I like, what I already had and what I wanted to add to my wardrobe. I didn’t have the time, money, headspace or energy to do this process quickly and I’m actually really glad. Don’t worry if the process feels slow. Sometimes that might mean you need to live with clothes you don’t love, or have fewer clothes than is strictly comfortable for a little while, but doing that helps clarify what you do and don’t want and, importantly, what you do and don’t need.

What about fancy events?

Like I said in yesterday’s post, my wardrobe has me covered for virtually all events, so I’d suggest a few separates that work well together, plus some good heels, a nice clutch, an interesting necklace and a jacket that works with a wide range of items (my black trench is a gem).

But for a proper cocktail event or a black tie function I typically hire a dress from a service like Glam Corner (Australia) or Rent The Runway (US). It’s a fun way to wear clothes I wouldn’t normally buy and most of the good companies offer a “try before you rent” deal.

How often do you need to do laundry?

I wash a load of clothes every day. This keeps it simple and I never (well, rarely) have to conquer Mt. Washmore. I find keeping on top of regular tasks like laundry makes it much simpler to maintain. While it might be a pain in the butt to do it daily (or every second day if you don’t have kids) I find it’s preferable to spending half my Saturday washing clothes.

I also don’t wash clothes unless they’re dirty. My almost year-old raw denim jeans have never been washed, I will happily wear a jumper or hoodie for more than one day, and an outfit worn for a few hours rarely needs laundering.

That being said, I wash gym gear, school uniforms, work clothes etc daily.

How do you account for seasonal changes?

Most of my wardrobe is transitional and much of it stays out year-round. Summer has shorts, singlets, dresses and sandals, where winter sees me bring out the boots, scarves and jackets. Aside from that, the shirts, tshirts, jeans, most dresses and shoes stay put.

I keep my out of season clothes in a plastic tub in the linen cupboard and once every six months (when the weather tells me it’s time) will pull it out and swap items over. If ever there is something I’m not quite sure about keeping, I will leave it in the box for six months and if I haven’t needed it in that time it gets donated at the next change-over.

Even though I live in an area with mild winters, my wardrobe also worked in the Canadian Rockies over winter. With the addition of our snowboarding gear and the following, there was plenty of options for a much colder winter:

  • down jacket
  • 2 pairs thermal pants
  • 2 thermal undershirts
  • 2 long tanks
  • 2 woollen hats
  • mittens
  • heavy duty snow boots
  • 4 pairs woollen socks

It really was a matter of layering, rather than having an entirely different wardrobe. And, as I said yesterday, I realise that holidaying for one month is different to living and working in that climate. I just want to show that even when you live in an area with four very distinct seasons, much of what you wear can work across a wide range of temperatures.

What if you love patterns and colours?

This is one I’m asked a lot, as I think people see minimalist wardrobes as needing to have a minimalist aesthetic. But I think there is plenty of room for pattern and colour in a small wardrobe.

I would suggest choosing one or two neutrals (these don’t need to be a traditional neutral either, it might be black, denim, white, tan, yellow or blue, for example) and having patterns and colours that work with those. Then you can wear neutral/plain bottoms with a patterned top, or a plain jacket with a brightly coloured dress.

I would suggest keeping your basics plain or neutral (jeans, pants, jackets, tshirts, shorts etc) as you can then pair those with brighter items. Particularly if you like changing it up often, it’s better to have good, solid foundation pieces and change your patterns with a new top or scarf.

Also? There’s no rules here. It’s just about dressing with fewer items of clothing so we can minimise stress, waste, clutter and the decision of what to wear when faced with an overflowing wardrobe.

What if I’m on a tight budget?

Even more reason to make sure you don’t buy cheap items that only last one or two washes! That being said, there are ways to make your money/clothes stretch further:

  • eBay for higher-priced items: One pair of jeans, my riding boots and a vintage skirt are all eBay specials in my wardrobe, and these cost well under retail. I had tried the jeans on in store so I knew the size and style were right, but keeping an eye on eBay when you need something specific is a good way to save money on good quality basics.
  • Thrift shops/op shops: I don’t go op-shopping or thrifting because I was born without the gene that helps me recognise a good buy from a frumpy acrylic option, and it can be difficult to remain minimalist when thrift shopping simply because items can be too cheap to pass up. Just keep in mind that unless they’re what you need and they fit well, even cheap second-hand items are a waste of space and money.
  • Reduce, re-use, repair: Look after what you have, get holes repaired, resole your shoes, follow the washing instructions, wash only when required, use laundry bags for your delicates. Taking care of the things you own is the best way to reduce the amount spent on clothes.
  • Buy quality where possible: While it might seem counter-intuitive to spend more when you’re on a budget, I suggest buying the best you can afford. I couldn’t tell you the number of cheap jeans I went through before discovering that a quality pair will last 3-4 years as opposed to 2-3 months.

Do you get bored with your clothes?

In a word, yes.

But no more (and, in fact, significantly less) than when I had an overflowing wardrobe full of things I never wore.

With a good, small wardrobe, I have the option of wearing things every day that I really like. It makes it easier to dress, easier to walk out the door without second-guessing my choices and easier to not think about it any more.

The key thing to remember?

I do this in order to spend time and energy thinking about other things. It’s nice to have clothes that fit, that work well for my lifestyle, that I enjoy wearing. But it’s really, really, really not that important.

A small wardrobe is a means to an end, and that end is living life and doing other things with my brain, my time, my energy, my passion. It’s a great change to make and one I’d recommend you try for yourself.

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Tomorrow, to round out Unofficial Wardrobe Week, I’m bringing you a podcast interview with Courtney Carver of Project333 and Be More With Less.

Be sure to come back and listen to our conversation about small wardrobes, where I store my unwashed jeans, how she shifted from a hectic, overwhelmed life to one of simplicity, and what her family thought of the changes she’s made.

 

 

Inside My Minimalist Wardrobe

My Minimalist Wardrobe - Autumn/Winter

I used to own a lot of clothes.

Most of them I never wore and many more I didn’t feel great in. There were a few impulse purchases that hung in my wardrobe, tags still attached, and many more I had completely forgotten about. Typically I wore about 20% of my clothes 80% of the time and found getting dressed stressful because nothing ever fit or, despite my overflowing cupboards, I had nothing to wear.

Then, as part of my first big decluttering effort, I got rid of at least half of my clothes. I’ve since readjusted and continued to cull items, but until last week I’ve never actually counted what I own and I’ve certainly never taken the time to lay out my clothes and photograph them.

As the idea of minimalist or capsule wardrobes gains popularity I’ve been asked a lot about the clothes I wear so last week I removed every item from my wardrobe, hung it on the wall and photographed it. Honestly, as someone who really doesn’t put a lot of importance on stuff, it felt weird and self-involved. But it was also really instructive.

It turns out I have fewer clothes than I thought, and there are items I’m sure I don’t need. The photo below shows almost all of my winter clothes. There are a few pieces not pictured (because laundry) but with the additions listed below, here is a look inside my minimalist wardrobe:

My Minimalist Wardrobe (Autumn/Winter)

 

My Minimalist Shoes/Accessories - Autumn/Winter

As you can see, I have a fondness for grey, plaid shirts, Chuck Taylors and denim. I’m a teen of the 90s, what can I say?

Not pictured:

  • grey hoodie
  • black rainjacket
  • black trenchcoat
  • 2 pairs black tights
  • socks (2 sports, 1 woollen, 2 black everyday socks)
  • underwear
  • pyjamas
  • sunglasses
  • year-round exercise clothes (full-length running tights, 3/4 length yoga pants, running shorts, 3 tshirts/tanks, 1 zippered rain-proof fleece)

Before I go in to the details any further, there’s some things to keep in mind about my personal situation and how it may differ to yours:

1. I live in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, Australia. It does get cool in winter (but never really cold) and very warm in summer, and I’m fortunate that my wardrobe doesn’t need to extend into the negative degrees very often. Much of what I wear is transitional, and all of the tshirts, tanks, and most shirts pictured above stay in my wardrobe year-round. Winter mostly means packing away the shorts, sandals and singlets, while pulling out the jackets, scarves and boots. It’s a pretty easy climate to have a small wardrobe.

That being said, we spent a month in the Canadian Rockies over Christmas, where it does get very cold (it got down to -32C while we were there) and my wardrobe extended to that weather too, with a few additions.

Aside from our snowboarding gear I took my normal clothes plus:

  • down jacket
  • 2 pairs thermal pants
  • 2 thermal undershirts
  • 2 long tanks
  • 2 woollen hats
  • mittens
  • heavy duty snow boots
  • 4 pairs woollen socks

It really was a matter of layering, rather than having an entirely different wardrobe. And I never once felt cold.

(Yes, I do realise that holidaying for one month is different to having to live and work in that climate. I tell you this mostly to show that even when you live in an area with four very distinct seasons, much of what you wear can work across a wide range of temperatures.)

2. I work from home and have two young kids. I don’t go to a lot of events (but when I do, this collection of clothes works 95% of the time, which I’ll explain below). I spend most of my days in jeans and tshirts because that’s what works, particularly when I’m cleaning, playing, gardening, working, cooking, running errands etc.

My style is casual and my lifestyle allows me to embrace that. If I worked in a corporate environment or retail, my wardrobe would look a little different.

3. I’m not a fashionista. Obviously. And while I love saying “on fleek”, I’m not really interested in being it.

But if you can forgive me for being a little shallow for a moment, I like looking put together, I like having my own style and I’m always drawn to looks that aren’t about trends. Classic, interesting, quirky? Yes. But fashion magazine trends? Nothankyouverymuch.

I like what I like and I love that trends play very little role in that any more. Most of the clothes pictured are at least 3 years old and I very rarely have a problem wearing the same things over and over. In fact, I like it. I like the non-decisions involved in getting dressed most mornings, I love knowing what suits me and I don’t really care much what others think about it anymore. (Basically, I love being in my 30s.)

For example, my black Chucks are 12+ years old, my denim jacket is a 90s original that I’ve owned since I was 15, the black wool pencil skirt is 6+ years old and the mustard miniskirt is an ebay special from the 1970s. Trendy I am not.

So, how did I get here?

It’s hard to break down a process that took years to gradually work through, and I’d caution against the whole “toss everything and rebuild a wardrobe from scratch” approach, unless you have a significant budget and, frankly, a whole lot of time.

This might mean living with items you don’t really like, getting clothes repaired a few times to stretch their shelf-life, or living with fewer items than is strictly comfortable until you’re able to replace or replenish. Over the years I’ve done all of those things in order to have a small wardrobe I really dig.

Over the past few years I have gradually been able to:

  1. Remove items from my wardrobe that no longer fit, are stretched, torn, stained or just make me feel a bit crap. (These are often the items you put on in the morning but change out of before leaving the house because you feel bleurgh while wearing them.)
  2. Establish my personal style. I’ve always loved good quality jeans paired with tshirts and Chucks, collared shirts with a jumper/sweater, chunky boots and tights, a denim jacket over a dress… These are outfits I wear almost every day because I like them. Taking time to work out what your personal style is can take a while, but a big indicator is to look at what you are consistently drawn to. Pare these looks back to the essentials and start there. A pair of jeans, black pants, a black skirt, button-ups, tshirts – these are the foundation to most styles.
  3. Find good quality brands for the items I wear most often. Over the years I have discovered which brand of jeans, plain tshirts, hoodies, knit jumpers, sneakers and sandals fit me well and last the test of constant wear, and I go back to these time and time again. Sometimes that means I pay more, but when I wear my jeans 5 days a week I don’t mind paying extra. PLUS, knowing the brand, the size, the fit of these basics means I can shop online (when I need something) and find what I’m after either on sale or, my personal favourite, second-hand.
  4. Learn how to mix and match for maximum effect. Every item I own can be worn in multiple outfits, and that’s by design. I’ve gradually removed everything that doesn’t fit easily with my other items and now, for example, I can make a grey tshirt work for 95% of occasions by pairing it with:
    1. my black pencil skirt, a tan belt, tan heels, clutch and aqua necklace
    2. black skinny jeans, black flats, khaki jacket and aqua necklace
    3. blue patterned skirt, black belt, black tights, denim jacket and black boots
    4. dark denim skinny jeans, purple and grey heels and clutch
    5. jeans, black belt, white chucks, aqua necklace and navy blazer
    6. jeans, grey plaid shirt, chunky scarf, black chucks and parka… (Plus I can replace the grey tshirt with a blouse or a white tshirt and triple the options immediately.)
  5. Stop caring what other people think about my wardrobe choices. Because, to be perfectly honest with you, they’re probably not thinking about it at all. No-one cares if you wear the same clothes all the time. No-one will notice. And, if you create a small wardrobe that works well, you won’t be wearing the same things all the time anyway.
  6. Stop buying things on impulse. These were almost always the items that didn’t fit in with the rest of my clothes, were poorly made, didn’t last more than two washes or that made me feel a bit crap when wearing them. Stop buying them and start buying things that work for you and save both money and time.
  7. Look after the clothes I own. I get my jeans repaired, I don’t wash my clothes unless they’re dirty, I have my shoes resoled, I use laundry bags for all my delicates, I line dry… These changes mean I don’t have to replace clothes as often as I used to, which in turn means that when I do, I can afford to spend slightly more.

How does my wardrobe work?

Most days you will find me wearing a combination of:

  • tshirt or button-up shirt
  • knitted jumper or hoodie
  • jeans
  • black belt
  • Chucks or riding boots
  • khaki jacket or black parka

If you look at my tshirts, shirts and jumpers, those items alone give me at least 12 different top options. Add in three pairs of jeans, three everyday skirts with tights and boots and three jacket options and that’s pretty much what I wear all the time. Honestly. It’s really simple.

I can live on the edge and wear a dress sometimes (crazy!) and I also have some casual tops (the feather patterned top, black blouse, green cardigan, grey and black sloppy joe) that I wear with jeans or a skirt.

I’ve never sat down and actually worked out how many outfits I can make from this collection of clothes, but at a glance I would say that I could make well over 100 combinations with the clothes I own. That’s not to say I do, because I really don’t care that much, but if I wanted to, I could.

So that’s a look inside my wardrobe.

It feels a little weird spending so much time writing about stuff (particularly in light of last week’s post on This Season’s Must-Haves) but I know the wardrobe is an area that many people struggle to work through.

With that in mind I’ve written a bonus post this week (be sure to check back in tomorrow) where I answer some of the most common questions about creating a minimalist wardrobe, including budget, finding a style, fancy events, laundry and how to get started.

And on Thursday I’m super excited to bring you a podcast episode with Courtney Carver, creator of minimalist wardrobe challenge Project333.

I guess that means it’s the unofficial wardrobe week here on the blog…

Further Reading:

 

Can You Own a Birkin Bag and Still Be a Minimalist?

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This is a post from guest contributor Vanessa Salas of Shed Mom. Enjoy, and learn more about Van at the end of this post.

 

“That’s the thing about needs. Sometimes when you get them met, you don’t need them anymore.”

— Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

When I first heard about minimalism, I immediately rejected it. The root word is partly to blame: minimal. It gives the impression of having to endure scarcity to the point of deprivation.

Nobody likes feeling deprived. I know I don’t. And it’s certainly not the reason why I’ve become a minimalist.

If it were only all about organizing, spending less money, de-cluttering, or removing objects for the sake of simply owning less stuff, I would never have considered adopting this lifestyle

What made me take a second look is a shift in focus that has allowed me to take pleasure in the things I already have or want to buy.

In an alternate universe, I’d be a proud owner of a $10,000.00 Hermes Birkin bag. Applying a minimalistic view point means that I’d allow myself to be awed by its exquisite craftsmanship, and appreciate the painstaking hours it took to hand-stitch such an magnificent object. If I’ve had to be on the waiting list for years before acquiring this thing of beauty, I’d treat my eagerly-awaited acquisition as a reward for my patience. It is a tangible reminder of how far I would’ve arrived in the eyes of the world.

Imagine yourself in my make-believe Louboutins. If you have a bunch of other stuff lying around, filling up your home, adding to the clutter, how can you value your Birkin when it is surrounded by other things that are vying for your attention, removing your awareness from this object that you adore so much?

The point is to remove all the extraneous stuff so that you can have the space – literally and figuratively – to focus all of your energy on the things that you value the most. 

There’s nothing minimal about this shift. It’s simple, it’s small, but it makes a world of difference. It has the capacity to encourage an expansion, not a contraction, of how you view your surroundings.

This ‘expansion’ inspires you to become more mindful of your acquisitions. You stop moving on auto pilot. You begin to question the endless cycle of consumerism and the value of acquiring more. Are you buying this because it’s what everyone else says you should buy, to fit a certain image? Or are you buying it because it is something you genuinely like, for reasons you’ve figured out for yourself?

After the initial rush of acquiring a much-coveted object fades, being mindful gives you a sense of clarity that will change your perception about stuff. It has a domino effect that extends to other areas of your life. You may find yourself moving on to other things. Things that probably matter more.

Like family. Or relationships. Leaving a legacy. Creating instead of consuming. Staying healthy and alert. Volunteering your time to worthy causes. Or other decidedly less materialistic things.

At some point you might feel the need to voluntarily give up all your other stuff. Even the Hermes Birkin bag / flat-screen TV / whatever item you initially thought you couldn’t live without.

The aim of minimalism is not to leave you wanting, but to remove the clutter that serve as distractions. By doing so, you take stock of what your real priorities are and focus on it to the exclusion of everything else. It allows for a singularity of purpose that frees you from the mindless cycle of consumerism you’ve either knowingly or unconsciously become accustomed to.

You can call yourself a minimalist and still derive pleasure from your most prized possessions. You’re actually encouraged to do so. That doesn’t mean you can’t lead a simpler, more mindful life. The key is in really enjoying and making the most of what you already have without succumbing to the pitfalls of needless excess.

Vanessa is a former corporate trainer in the financial services industry. She is now a full time homemaker, freelance writer, and aspiring minimalist. In shedmom.com, she writes about creating space for what matters most. Find her on twitter @vansalas.

Room Service: Creating a Simple Bedroom

Create a Slow, Simple Bedroom #simpleliving

I’ve stayed in some pretty terrible accommodation over the years.

There was the blood-spotted linen of a bedbug-infested hostel in Rome. The Thai bungalow where our toilet emptied directly onto the ground below the bed. Not to mention the leaky Dodge van named Esme that we slept in for a month in the Floridian summer. Rancid pillows. Mouldy floors. Amorous hostel room-mates. You name it, we’ve seen it. And I haven’t regretted a moment.

Despite the potential pitfalls, people (myself definitely included) still love a getaway. So what makes a night or two in a hotel – a decent, non-bedbug-infested one – such an appealing prospect?

Is it the fact that it’s a break? A little luxury? An escape?

Or is it the fact that a hotel room has:

  • clutter-free surfaces – an alarm clock, a phone, a magazine or two
  • minimal decor – a print or two on the wall and some cushions on the bed
  • everything in its place – even the dinky little mini-kettle
  • storage space – luggage, clothes, toiletries, they all have a spot
  • somewhere to sit and read – other than the bed

The drawcard is probably a combination of the two factors. Yes, it’s a getaway, but it also means we’re entering a space of relative calm, order and peace.

It’s this feeling of calm, order and peace that we need to create in our own homes. Particularly our bedrooms – the supposed haven of the home.

Because, let’s face it, a hotel room is an escape, but it’s also likely to be undistinguishable from hundreds of others, uniformly dull and devoid of life. You wouldn’t want to sleep in one for ever.

 

Your Home is Better Than a Hotel

Your home is better than a hotel, because you can have all these things – the clear surfaces, minimal decor, a place for everything, adequate storage – with added benefits.

In your bedroom in your home, you can:

How to Create a Simple, Slow Bedroom

1. Declutter.

Again with the decluttering? Yes! It’s the single best way to promote calm, clear out dust and give a breath of fresh air.

2. Go Small

The smaller the space, the better your chances of really simplifying. If you have a large bedroom with tonnes of furniture, shelving and wardrobe space, you’re simply likely to fill it with stuff.

If your bedroom is large, consider moving to a smaller room or designating half the space for chilling out. No furniture aside from a couch or chair to encourage reading, quiet time or early-morning meditation.

3. Get Rid of the Gadgets

No TV, no phones, no laptops and no smartphones. No kidding. (I am guilty of the phone-next-to-the-bed sin. But I certainly sleep better and drift off faster with some tech-free time before bed.)

4. Light and Airy

You want good natural light, fresh air, effective window coverings that keep the room private but allow the daylight in, as well a lamp next to the bed. Reading, dressing, loving – you want the room to be comfortable for all its intended purposes.

5. Somewhere to Sit (Other than the bed.)

Aside from the bed, nightstand and wardrobe, the only other furniture to consider is a small bench or chair.

A bench at the end of the bed is a great option as it gives you somewhere to sit while putting on your shoes and somewhere to lay out clothes for the next day. Avoid using it as a dumping ground for laundry, dirty clothes and handbags – this will just return the clutter you’re trying to clear out. And if you don’t think you can avoid that, then consider a small chair instead.

 

An occasional weekend away is a delightful thing, but you may find that your stress levels subside, your sleep quality improves and your need to ‘escape’ lessens if you’re able to create a simple, slow bedroom at home.

Do you think a bedroom haven would help alleviate stress in your life? Or would you still take the weekend away? 

xx

 

Images via: Downtown Hotel, Mexico | Planete-Deco | 79 Ideas

Declutter: Tackling your Wardrobes

Hands up who has too many clothes?

Hands up who has at least one thing in their wardrobe that fits poorly?

That makes you feel less than great? You put it on, wear it around the house and then change it for something else before leaving? (My hands are firmly up for that one.)

As part of the 2012 in 2012 Challenge, I spent a few good hours over the weekend elbow deep in clothes. I tackled the kids wardrobes a few weeks ago, and this time it was mine and Sparky’s turn.

I felt kilograms lighter when we’d finished. Our wardrobes look attractively organised. I can see what clothes I own. And almost everything that hangs in there is something I would happily wear out of the house, because it all makes me feel good.

To get to this point you can follow these steps:

  • clear your bed of any clutter or mess – this will be your workspace
  • pull out everything from your wardrobe, section by section Eg. Start with all the hanging clothes first then work your way through your drawers, accessories and shoes. Pull them out and lay them on your bed, only moving on once you’ve completely dealt with the previous section
  • set up two plastic bags/boxes – one is for donation and one is for things to throw away
  • pick up each piece of clothing and ask yourself:

      • Have I worn this in the last year?
      • Is it in good condition? If not, do I love it enough to have it repaired?
      • Do I feel good wearing this?
      • Does it fit me well?
      • Is there a good reason to keep it?
  • don’t put the item down until you have decided where it goes. If you decide to keep it, then return it to the correct spot in your wardrobe, otherwise put it in your donate or throw away bag.
  • if you’re really torn, you can add things to a third box, which is your keep it…for now box. Put the box away for six months (put a reminder on your phone or in your diary) and if there’s nothing you need/want in it over that time, you can safely donate everything in there, without even opening it.

Once you’ve finished going through your clothes, accessories and shoes, you can quickly look over your “keep it…for now” pile and weed out anything you’ve kept in a weak moment. I find that once I’m in the zone, decisions come much more easily.

Something to keep in mind about simplifying your wardrobe…

Doing this is a pain in the butt. You will feel infinitely better after you’ve finished, but seriously…

You’d prefer to be sitting in a hammock reading a book, wouldn’t you?

So keep that in mind when you next go shopping. You may see $3 T-shirts in all the colours of the rainbow, or cheap jeans or black sandals – whatever. But do you want to be sorting through them in three months time, thinking, “You know, I just would have preferred to keep the $3. This T-shirt sucks,” as you toss it in the donate pile?

Simplifying, decluttering and living with less isn’t about being plain or boring. It’s about enjoying what we do have by weeding out those things we don’t care for. All they do is dilute our happiness, clutter our homes and complicate our lives.

So when faced with a bargain, or a coupon for buy one get one free – whatever – just ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”

That one question, answered honestly, should mean less shopping – saving you time and money.
It should help you decide to buy less, but the best quality you can afford – saving you time.
It should mean that your quality clothes last longer – saving you time and money.
Which means less shopping – saving you time and money.

Which means more hammock time.