Embracing Minimalism | The Closet Edit
When I was in college, I never needed an excuse to shop. I would leave class and decide, “Why not go and see what new and interesting clothes (and shoes, my biggest weakness), I can buy today?” The situation got so out of hand that my friends started saying I was a shopaholic and that I needed to go to Shoes Anonymous. I remember when it came time to move back home, when I started considering how I would transport my things, that I began to panic. With airline weight restrictions, I knew that I would have two choices: (1) To shell out a large amount of my savings just to pay for overweight luggage or (2) To pay for shipping costs. I didn’t like any of these options. Even though I wanted to transport three and a half years of my life across the ocean, I knew it wouldn’t be possible. So I decided to empty my closet. This was my first ever major closet edit. While separating what I wanted from what I could leave behind, I realized I had accumulated so many clothes, some which I hadn’t even worn, others which didn’t fit me anymore and others which I honestly should have gotten rid off ages ago.
Fast-forward a couple of years and I found myself back in that situation where I had an overflowing wardrobe with clothes I thought I would wear someday, others I didn’t particularly like and others still that were not my current size. To top it all off, I found that because of running my online shop, I would add clothes that I hadn’t sold in a while to my wardrobe because, “I liked them and nobody was buying them.” So in an effort to embrace minimalism, I decided the best way to get started was to do a major wardrobe cleanse: get rid of anything that doesn’t fit right, that I don’t love or that I am holding on to because I don’t want to let go of the past. And two weeks ago, that is what I did. I emptied bags upon bags of clothes that I shouldn’t have had in the fast place. And guess what? I thought I would miss some of those I considered to be my favourites, but shock on me! I didn’t. That saying that goes, “Out of sight, out of mind” really is true!
And with that, I am trying to have a minimalist wardrobe. What does this mean? To avoid unnecessary purchases. Just because I have to attend this or that function does not mean I have to get new clothes. I can make do with what I already own by restyling and adding accessories. I still dream of having a walk-in closet someday, but not because I need the space to store all my shopping but because I like organization and would love all that space just to organize my clothes.
With just this change of mindset and shopping habits, I have noticed I feel lighter. I don’t have to worry about needing more closet space. I have also come to realize that just because I write about Fashion does not mean that I have to be shopping all the time. Once in a while is good enough for me now. And I try to invest in pieces that I not only love, but that I need and will use more than once.
What about you? Have you tried out a wardrobe cleanse? Do share in the comments below.
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