“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” – Charles Dudley Warner
I believe that decluttering your closet and owning less clothes are the easiest and fastest ways to experience the magical impact of de-cluttering and fall in love with simple living.
Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist shares the following compelling reasons to own less clothes:
- You would have more disposable income.
- You would have more time to live your life.
- Mornings would feature less stress.
- Your closets would be well-organized and uncluttered.
- Packing for trips/vacations would take less time.
- Laundry days would be easier (not necessarily less, but definitely easier).
And Courtney Carver of Be More With Less summarized the benefit of owning less clothes in a very simple way, “When you simplify your wardrobe, you have the freedom to wear clothes that fit you and your lifestyle.”
Here are four tips to help you ENJOY owning less clothes:
1. There Is No Relation Between Frugality and Owning Less Clothes
You do NOT own less clothes in order to become a minimalist. You do that because when you have less stuff, it means more money for worthwhile things. It could be clothes or anything else that is more meaningful to you.
I’m not against buying high quality or high ticket items. This has nothing to do with minimalism or simple living.
It has been said that your worthiness is not measured by what you wear, and I totally agree with that. However, this doesn’t mean that we have to wear worn, plain, low quality, non-branded items to be a minimalist or live a simple life.
High quality and branded clothes make you feel good, look good and be more confident. It’s human nature. So, why do they need you to go against your nature and complicate simple living?
There is no relation whatsoever between your desire to wear expensive clothes and simple living.
The whole point is that you shouldn’t buy excess items that are more than you actually need to wear.
When you have fewer items in your closet that you use and enjoy, you won’t feel guilty when you buy a new expensive item. This is because you know that you’re going to use it and enjoy it.
2. Compensate Your Passion for Shopping
One interesting habit that I developed in order not to feel guilty when I buy something new or expensive is to donate a corresponding older item, even if I’m already using it.
For example, if I bought a new jeans, I have to donate the older jeans that I’m currently wearing. It’s a simple habit, but you’ll find it very effective to compensate your passion for shopping.
If you like shopping, and for example want to take advantage of a SALE season, then simply use this trick to enjoy your shopping without feeling guilty.
Don’t deprive yourself from things that bring you joy.
3. One Item At a Time
You don’t have to do it all at once.
When you perceive decluttering as a huge bulk of tasks, then you’ll keep on procrastinating every time you see your extremely cluttered and disorganized closet.
However, there is no reason to rush at all. That’s why I very much like Colleen’s approach at 365 Less Things.
Her decluttering philosophy is to let go of one item everyday, so that by the end of the year you own 365 less items.
One item a day is no big deal, but the accumulative result is quite impressive.
4. Get Inspired
Finally, I’ll neither tell you how to declutter your closet nor take you step by step through every item you might own and help you decide if you should let go of it or not.
I believe this is very boring and disrespectful for your intellect. You’re mature enough to manage your own stuff.
All what you may need to get started is some inspiration. Keep in mind that once you start, you’ll be motivated to let go of more items.
So here are 10 inspiring pictures of clean, simple and organized closets that I hope will inspire you to start doing this awesome, relieving, and peaceful activity:
NOTE: You might not have the same set up and accessories presented in these pictures. Look at these pictures as a source of inspiration that will trigger your creativity and encourage you to do your own simple organized arrangements.
In the end, I would like to leave you with this nice quote:
“People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.” – Lee Mildon
*Featured Photo: by maveric2003
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