I won’t blame you if you decide to run towards your closet after you read this post. In fact, I think you’ll feel much better if you do. You see, minimalism is taking over, it’s here to stay. There’s a reason for this. I took that less-traveled road and don’t want to look back.
The idea of living a life with less always fascinated me, but it didn’t cross my mind that I could live it until I came across the idea of capsule wardrobes on Instagram. Being a Christ-follower, I always knew that Jesus led a simple life, but it just didn’t hit me all these years; I thought it wasn’t attainable unless you were a monk or something. I know, how ridiculous of me! Thank God for baby steps though, otherwise it’s overwhelming!
I immediately realized that even though I had pieces of clothing that fit different styles (camo, Japanese, boho, classic, corporate), I kept gravitating to a pair of jeans and a black or white t-shirt and flats again and again (my work clothes don’t count; I can only wear that type of outfit on Fridays and that post tax-season; yup, I’m a bookkeeper full-time).
That, my friends, was my light bulb moment.
So, naturally, the first thing I did was research this capsule wardrobe thing. Could I live with a limited amount of items in my closet for each season of the year? Honestly, I could care less. I went inside my closet and started asking the question “would I buy this item right now if I was at a retail store?” If the answer was no, then out it went inside a trash bag to be taken to the nearest Goodwill store.
Side note: my husband has always been smart with money-related decisions and I had never stepped feet into a thrift store until I got married (I think I have a list of things that I have never done until I tied the knot, like budgeting or going to a gym). That being said, the majority of my clothes were gifts, hand-me-downs, or second-hand items. And I never shopped in expensive stores, I always wanted a good bang for my buck, so you could say it was a bit easy for me to do this.
Man, did I like to purge a ton of stuff I wasn’t even excited about that day! At 31 years of age, I could say I was finally on the way to discovering my personal style, which was all over the place before stumbling upon this topic on the Web.
How liberating, y’all!
So around Spring of last year, I was ready to call myself a minimalist. I was taking baby steps to de-clutter my closet situation, and believe me, my closet did not have as much stuff as some people I know (it would not be cool to cite names, but I’m sure you also know at least one person who uses more than one closet in their living quarters)!
Fast forward to today.
I had a capsule wardrobe for a full year before I figured that I could minimize even more based on what I had worn or not in that year of experimenting. Today, my closet is still not where I’d like it to be. I have blacks, whites, grays, blues and just a couple of bright pieces, but it’s still compartmentalized between office wear, gym wear and weekend wear, which is what I want to wear the whole freakin’ day! At least now I only have two seasons: hot and cold. Besides, Florida doesn’t have a full blown Winter, so I’ve been learning to make more use of layers (the struggle is real on that one, I’ll tell ya).
But let’s flip the conversation a bit. I’m curious about you. Are you content with your closet right now? Do you usually have pieces that you absolutely love and others you don’t care about? Have you experimented with capsule wardrobes before? And, what’s your favorite color? Mine is black for now, unless someone discovers something darker. 😉