Sunday, September 21, 2014

It’s been some time since I wrote about my introduction to minimalism. While I have not abandoned the idea, I've not had time to take more steps towards simplifying my wardrobe. This weekend I vowed to find the time to do a wardrobe detox, and take stock of what I have, what I need and what I want.

I want the focus of this post to be around detoxing your wardrobe though (we’ll get to the needs and wants later). As some of you may know, I am completely obsessed with So naturally I used this guide to assist me with my wardrobe detox.

It was a lot simpler than I expected:

I threw out anything that was broken/holey – I was amazed by how many items I had been holding onto even though they were totally un-wearable.
I threw out anything that didn’t fit – within reason. Like a lot of girls I have my skinny wardrobe, clothes I want to fit into again and I know it’s unhealthy but I just can’t bring myself to part with them. I did throw out everything that was too big, stretched or shrunk to the point of being ridiculous (again, surprising large amounts in this pile).
I packed away my thick winter wear – spring is here, I won’t need thick jackets, fleece pj’s and thick socks for at least another 8 months. Having my winter wear out of sight has made my wardrobe more streamlined and getting dressed every morning has become much easier.  

What I am left with is just over 100 items of clothing. This is not minimalism

2 pattern
4 black
2 white
2 stripe
2 solid

3 white
1 stripe
3 black
1 pattern

4 black
1 navy
1 red
2 coral
3 denim
2 pattern jackets (spring)

1 black
1 coral

19 black
9 floral
2 white
12 pattern
6 solid
4 black
1 brown
1 grey
1 grey
2 black
1 solid
3 floral
1 navy

1 denim
1 black
1 floral
1 plaid

I still have some ways to go. But even so, this is the first time in ages that I can say:

  • I know exactly what's in my wardrobe
  • The items I have reflect my personal style currently, as well as the style I feel myself evolving towards
  • My clothing reflects my lifestyle
  • My wardrobe is starting to feel structured
Some links to help you on your way:
An easy guide to wardrobe editing
Spring cleaning your closet
How to do a wardrobe detox
Style tips: how to spring clean your closet

If you are embarking on wardrobe minimalism, I'd love to hear how it's going!

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