Taking a basic piece and styling it multiple ways is my mojo. I’ve had multiple people tell me they can’t believe how few clothes I actually own. I’ve seen jaws hit the floor when they discover I don’t store my winter clothes elsewhere in my house. Everything is in one closet.
Making sure I wear and use multiple items, multiple ways has simplified my life. Gone are the days when I could count an embarrassing amount of shoes spilling out of my closet and filling up totes in my basement. I don’t take pride in owning stacks and stacks of jeans or sweaters. When I hear someone half joking about how much is in their closet, it’s all I can do not to show up on their doorstep and start sorting!
Efficiency is my goal and I am very mindful of it in all aspects of my life. I don’t want to fill up my space and have more to just have more. Here a few simple tricks I follow to keep things streamlined.
- Before you buy it – style it. When I’m in the dressing room debating on a new purchase, I mentally try and make it work with at least 3 other items currently in my closet. If I can’t do that on the spot, it stays in the store.
- Worry less about the price. Because you’re not buying more, you can afford to spend more. Spend extra for basic items that are higher quality and then wear them as much as you can. How many of you buy things because they’re on sale? A low price tag shouldn’t be the deciding factor of your purchase. Think of all the energy and effort you spent shopping to shop. Buy it once and then stop shopping and wear it.
- Wear seasonal pieces all year long. Don’t worry about what month it is on the calendar, wear your white jeans in the winter (like Denise did here) Put a sweater or your denim shirt over a summer dress and wear it in the fall, like I’m doing.
4. The two month trick. If you haven’t worn it in 2 months (and it’s not VERY seasonal) say good-bye. Two months is a good amount of time to determine if you will really and honestly wear something. If you can’t bring yourself to wear an item in 2 months, come to terms. You really don’t want to wear that item.
5. Size matters. Let me apply this principal to your closet. If something is too big or too small it has to go. Is there anything hanging in your closet making you reminisce about the day it did fit or worse, are you using it as a “motivation” to fit again. Who are you kidding, if you’ve lost enough weight to fit into a new size, you should probably buy yourself some new clothes. If you need some bigger sizes, stop punishing yourself in the clothes department by not feeling good in what you have.
I hope this has motivated you to streamline your wardrobe. It’s a process that will save you daily time and energy. Plus, you know the saying, “The best things in life aren’t things.” So why do we surround ourselves with so much?