Take a moment and think about what percentage of your week has to do with stuff. By stuff, I mean everything you own in your household that isn't necessary to survival or even comfortable living. Drawers full of odds n' ends. Garages stuffed with old toys. And wardrobes overflowing with years and years of clothes.
Our guess is, you spend a scary percentage of time dealing with all of these unnecessary extras, and while decluttering your life in all ways will lead to a happier and healthier you, today we are going to focus on your wardrobe.
For some odd reason, the wardrobe seems to be one of the most difficult places to part from things. We regret giving items away because we spent a lot on them. We know that one day that perfect occasion will come to wear that fringed denim maxi skirt we've had for so long. The excuses go on and on. So here is our fail-safe way to cut through the clutter and curate a wardrobe that makes you feel like your truest self every single time. And believe us, minimalism is anything but boring.
1. Try The Hanger Trick: Pick a date and flip all of the hangers in your closet backwards. Each time you wear an item, flip the hanger the right way. By the end of a year or a season, whichever hangers still are facing backwards have got to go. You went a whole year without touching these pieces, so clear some space for items you actually love to wear.
2. Ask Yourself One Simple Questions: "If I walked into a store today, would I still buy this?" If the answer is no, the clothes have got to go. Your style is an outward representation of your personality, so if something doesn't excite you like it used to, you won't feel like yourself when wearing it.
3. Do The Math: For all new pieces calculate how many hours of work to pay for the piece. If you don't think that $40 skirt is worth four hours of work, walk away. For all old pieces, calculate how many times you have worn it versus the cost of buying it. So for instance if you buy that $40 skirt, but wear it twenty times, that is just $2 per wear--not bad.
4. Get Personal: Maybe you love skinny jeans, but they just won't ever work on your body type. Or this season all you see is off-the-shoulder tops, but you just don't feel right in them. That is ok! Don't get caught up in trends. Style is personal and style is timeless. Don't buy or keep something just because someone ELSE would say it is in.
5. Wear The Same Thing: Some of the most successful people wear the same thing every day. Don't believe it? Obama only wears navy or black suits, Steve Jobs wore a black turtleneck and jeans, Mark Zuckerberg wears a grey shirt and jeans. And all were avoiding “decision fatigue” which when “a person’s productivity suffers as a result of becoming mentally exhausted from making so many irrelevant decisions.” As fashion gurus, a strict uniform seems blah, but a wardrobe full of tops that always fit right and jeans that always sit right will make getting dressed a breeze.
6. Quality Not Quantity: The golden rule of minimalism is perhaps the hardest to follow. It is hard to resist the allure of a cheap buy and scary unloading a large amount of cash on one item. But trust us, this pays off. Imagine opening a curated wardrobe with a collection of pieces that you absolutely adore. Yes, we mean every single piece. You will wear and love these pieces forever and it is the style you always dreamed of. So when it comes to choosing a wardrobe perfectly representative of your tastes versus a wardrobe that makes you feel so-so and you have to dig through to find stuff, all for the same price, choose quality.
7. The Capsule Wardrobe: These are all the rage these days for a reason. The idea is that you can have a full wardrobe with just 33 expertly chosen pieces. And we agree. Here are suggestions to get started.
The Little Black Dress
An Everyday Bag
A Wear All Tank
Classic White Pants