Minimalist Wardrobe Tips: What to Keep (or not)

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This is day (5) of the 31 Days of Minimalism Challenge.

If you missed yesterday’s post on how to downsize & downsizing tips/tricks, check it out here!

After several days of introducing minimalism as a lifestyle, the reasons to embrace it, and how to create a personal plan that fits your needs, we are finally ready to start downsizing.

We thought it would be good to begin with one of the messiest and disorganized parts of the house: the wardrobe.

For many years, especially as a kid, my closet has almost always been a disaster.

It was the place where I would shove all of the random stuff from my room, to “clean it.”

Many of us are guilty of this.

For some reason, the wardrobe is usually assigned the duty of being a “hiding closet”, or “Room of Requirement” (or acquirement) for Harry Potter Fans.

While this is perhaps good for “quick cleaning”, it is not what we want.

We want a minimalist wardrobe that fosters a lifestyle requiring minimal cleaning.

In this article, we will talk about:

  1. What to have in your wardrobe + downsizing
  2. Keeping the wardrobe organized & staying ahead of the game

Minimalist Wardrobe

The Minimalist Wardrobe

1. What to have in your wardrobe + downsizing

Ah, the million dollar question! What do I keep and what do I get rid of?

Before reading this section, make sure you check out yesterday’s post which covers the BEST downsizing techniques (+tips/tricks).

As a core part of downsizing, deciding what to keep and what to get rid of is the most difficult thing to conquer.

Therefore, we are going to make this part a whole lot easier for you with our own downsizing formula.

Remember that all of these decisions are ultimately up to you, and you will eventually need to develop your own downsizing formula.

After a couple weeks using the box-method from yesterday’s post, it’s time to narrow things down.

This is our formula:

  • 20: Underwear/Socks
  • 10: Shirts/Dresses/etc.
  • 5: Pants/Shorts
  • 4: Pairs Shoes
  • 3: Accessories (I have 1 belt, 2 scarves)
  • 2: Active Wear Pairs/Rain Gear Pairs
  • 1 or 2: Nice Jacket
  • ??: Misc.
  • TOTAL: ~45 ITEMS

Of course, this is highly customizable to your own needs. But you should definitely create an order of importance like ours.

  • Underwear and socks are the most important to us, therefore we have the most underwear/socks than any other items.
  • Nice jackets are the least important to us, therefore we only have one or two nice jackets.

This may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many people have a wardrobe opposite of this. We used to!

They might value their least used items over their most used items. And this leads to more and more stuff.

Another fantastic wardrobe challenge to check out is Courtney Carver’s Project 333 from her website bemorewithless.com. Cece has used Project 333 in the past and it has been extremely effective in helping her narrow down her belongings.

2. Keeping the wardrobe organized & staying ahead

Now that your wardrobe is minimal and intentional after downsizing, how are you going to keep it organized and stay ahead of the game?

Again, much of this is personal preference. Some of us organize with bins, some with shelves, and some with drawers, but I think the BEST challenge to keeping your wardrobe organized is to make it visible. Yes, no more “behind closed doors.”

If this isn’t possible for you, at least pretend. It really works! When there is visible pressure to keep a clean closet, it will motivate you to actually keep it clean.

Beginner's Guide to Minimalism

This doesn’t mean instense daily cleaning, but rather upkeep.

A great quote for this is:

If it takes less than one minute to clean up/organize, do it right away! Otherwise, all those one minutes will quickly become hours.

The key is maintenance and not letting it get out of control. This is a huge aspect to the minimalist lifestyle. It is so much easier to take care of messes as they come rather than procrastinating until later.

Enjoy the process!

Once you get going, downsizing is so satisfying. The end result of taking 3 garbage bags of clothes to Goodwill really makes you realize how much we convince ourselves to hold on to useless things.

Let us know how you do! Feel free to post stories, pictures, and ideas in the comments below.

Tomorrow we will be talking about a minimalist bedroom.

As always, BE WELL!
Riley & Cece

 

 

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