One of the first stages of entry-level minimalism is a very simple, yet effective wardrobe. And where does this all begin?
By going through your closet.
Most people put off going through their old clothes and reorganizing their closet until they absolutely need to (i.e. moving out), and stress about how much stuff they own when they do.
All too common you’ll hear:
“I’ll do it later.”
In all actuality, people just pile on clothes after clothes into their closet year after year.
People only wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. That leaves the majority of your wardrobe rarely used. Even with somewhat of a minimalist wardrobe, this is still typically the case.
Also, think of all the money you spend on clothes every year. Men over the age of 16 spend on average $323 per year on clothes while women spend $571. This adds up to a boat load of money and typically increases as you get older.
The ultimate reason to have a minimalist wardrobe is to not let clothing have a negative effect on your life. Not only will you save money, obviously enhancing your life, but you won’t think twice about what to wear. It’ll already be set in stone, one less useless decision removed from your daily life.
Everything Isn’t Sentimental
An issue everyone deals with is letting go, their clothing included. There is absolutely no point of going through your closet and classifying everything as important and a must keep. Let’s begin with some ground rules.
Start at one end of your closet reviewing each piece one by one all the way down to the end. Take every piece of clothing out of your closet and group them into four piles.
Your four piles include: 1.) a keep, 2.) a sell, 3.) a donate, and 4.) a throw away pile. If something is luxury or name brand, sell it. Your throw away pile should be any damaged clothing beyond repair. The main objective is to have a small keep pile and large donation pile.
Your typical thought process with each clothing item should be:
- Anything you haven’t worn this year should go into your give away pile.
- Clothing worn away around the neck or cuff areas should be tossed.
- Stained beyond fixing or any fading should go into your throw away pile.
- Clothing items damaged, yet fixable or with missing parts (i.e. buttons, broken zippers) can be put into any pile. Only keep them if you plan on wearing them after fixing.
- One size too small can go into your donate pile. If any clothing item is too large, think about getting it tailored. New clothes are more expensive than visiting your friendly tailor.
- If it still has a price tag on it, odds are you won’t wear it in the future, so please donate or sell it.
Now that you have everything in piles, the most important step is how you reorganize your closet with the clothing you plan on keeping.
Reorganizing Your Closet
Onto the keep pile.
You’ll want to divide your keep pile into different categories (i.e. slacks, button downs, shorts, jeans, chinos, t-shirts, etc.). Try to hang as much of your clothing as possible. If you don’t have the room, this is where your cleared out dresser and drawers come in handy. Fold your clothes after drying them to avoid wrinkling and put them away, nice and neat.
Another way to situate your clothing is by organizing your closet from most to least casual. I actual do both, organize by how casual, then sleeve/pant length, then color. It makes a huge difference when going to find clothes you want to wear, compared to having to shuffle through everything in your closet or drawers.
I highly recommend using the same type of hangers all throughout your closet, and make sure to hang them in the same direction, utilizing all space possible. Having the same hangers makes your closet look organize and clean. I recommend using wooden hangers if you have the money to spend. They look the best and will prolong the life of your clothing in your closet the longest.
Just remember the amount of clothing you’re giving away and hardly wore. What a waste, right? Learn from this and next time you think you need to buy some clothes, ask yourself:
“Do I really need this?”
I promise you, you’ll be okay without it.
Hope you all enjoyed this week’s minimalism post! Last week’s post on men and our emotional core meant a lot to me, so if you’ve missed it click here! As always, don’t forget to like, comment, share, and subscribe!
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