Less is more, and that’s more than fluff. Opting for a minimalist wardrobe is good for us to implement better shopping practices. The bonus is that’s also a great habit which will largely benefit your mental health & carry out a positive ripple effect on your daily routines. This will always bring you a step closer to a truly sustainable lifestyle. Ready for the declutter?
We live in the age of constant consumption, which means we’re constantly encouraged to buy and spend our money on various things that we often don’t really need. Recently more and more people are turning to a minimalist lifestyle since it can help you save money and be more productive. Most of us tend to buy a lot of clothes, which only results in overstuffed wardrobe. If you’re planning to clear out your closet and opt for a minimalist wardrobe, here are some tips that will help you get started:
1. Buy only things that you like
In order to have a minimalist wardrobe, you need to control your spending habits. Unfortunately, many people buy everything that seems nice or are cheap, which leaves them with too many clothes that they don’t even get the chance to wear. In case you’re one of those who love to shop a lot, next time try to control your spending urges because honestly, you don’t really need your tenth pair of leggings or jeans that look like every other pair that you already own. So, it’s much better to buy clothes that you really like and can see yourself wearing in various occasions than buying things just for the sake of owning them.
2. Know your personal style
Many people don’t know their personal style, which is why they buy anything that seems cheap and looks good. If you’re planning to simplify your closet, you need to know which clothes you definitely prefer wearing, and which you’d rather avoid putting on yourself. Learning more about your personal preferences can help you a lot when making that final choice in the store. So, there’s no reason to buy those expensive heeled sandals if you prefer to wear sneakers anyway. Instead, focus on buying quality and long-lasting pieces so you won’t have to spend your money that often.
3. Don’t buy that much jewelry
Accessories are much easier to store therefore many people buy them in large numbers and quantities, while also believing that they don’t spend that much money, where in fact, they do. If you consider yourself a sucker for all things that shine, then make sure to buy a few elegant statement pieces that can be paired with almost any outfit, instead of reaching to every dangling accessory that looks nice and isn’t expensive. Next time you feel like treating yourself to a nice piece of jewelry, it’s better to buy a classic and minimalist pair of thread earrings, rather than buying low-quality jewelry that will change color and texture soon after purchasing them. Also, make sure to invest in sturdy jewelry boxes and always remember to return your jewelry there after taking it off.
4. Aim for quality, not quantity
Owning too many different clothing items of various styles, colors and textures can make you feel super prepared for every occasion and mood. But remember that, in order to keep your home neat, you need to own a walk-in closet or really big space to keep all those clothes. Sadly, many people aren’t in this position, which means that the only solution to lack of space is to shop less, but when shopping, then it’s advisable to focus on clothes and accessories that are well-designed and made of high-quality materials that won’t make you sweat and feel uncomfortable. Next time you find yourself in the store, take a few minutes to inspect the item: try to check the texture and stitches, and if possible, check for the reviews online, so you won’t end up buying something cheap and badly made.
5. Declutter regularly
If you want to keep your wardrobe organized and clean, you need to declutter it regularly, so there won’t be any unworn clothes collecting dust. If you find decluttering too much, there is a lot of useful information on Marie’s Kondo techniques that can help you, but also, organise a second-hand market and feel free to invite your friends and if they accept, don’t hesitate to give them anything that you won’t need in the future. Additionally, you can get some trash bags and simply put all your clothes there until you decide what to do with them. Finally, if you really have no idea what to do, you can always donate them to your local charity.
Owning too many clothes and accessories can make you look cool, but keep in mind that minimalist wardrobe will provide you with more clarity and less confusion. Instead of focusing on abundance, try to aim for owning pieces that are durable, comfortable and elegant.
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