Shortly after I first started practicing minimalism, I went through my whole wardrobe and started asking myself:
- How often do I wear this?
- Is this one of my favorite, most versatile pieces?
- Does this fit me?
- Do I like the way I look in this?
Many pieces of clothing went into the donation pile immediately, particularly those that I haven’t worn in over 2 years. Sometimes it’s hard to remember the last time I wore something. Many times I put on something thinking I’m going to wear it out and then last minute switch it to something I wear all the time. Why do I have all these clothes that I never wear? Minimalists will tell you that we are exposed to too many advertisements that make us want to buy lots of things we don’t need. I think the fashion industry does a great job of this. I’ve cancelled all of the catalogs that I used to get and unsubscribed to all of the emails for stores at which I love to shop. In doing so, I waste less paper by not receiving the catalogs, I spend less time shopping the internet for things I don’t need and I spend less money on items I don’t wear. In turn, I have more time to do things that interest me (more time to blog!), I have more room in my closet and drawers to find the pieces I do want to wear and I can afford more experiences (movies, concerts, meals out with friends).
About 3 weeks ago I started a new project to pare down my wardrobe even more. I’ve turned all the hangers that hold my tops so they face backwards. I’m not going to give myself a time limit on how long I will do this. I know myself well enough to know when to stop. I figure I have to at least get through the winter since there are at least 5 work shirts that I will wear when it gets colder. Depending on your willpower, you might want to set a time limit for yourself and mark it on a calendar before you turn your hangers around. You can also make yourself accountable by having your spouse, a good friend or family member check in on your progress and tell you when it’s time to get rid of all those unworn pieces.
(originally posted on bottlesofhamburgers.wordpress.com on 9/6/14)