Do you wish you had time to reduce your clothes? Is your closet stuffed with fashions you don’t even like?
I have good news. It only takes 2 weeks – and almost NO effort – to reduce your wardrobe down to the clothes you actually wear. I minimized my closet in October by participating in Project 333, a minimalist fashion experiment.
Here are a few reasons I love my simpler closet:
- I buy higher quality clothing. I’m more mindful of what I buy, and since I shop less, I can spend more (if needed).
- I know which items go together, instead of feeling overwhelmed by hundreds of options.
- I feel confident wearing the same pretty dress more than once. I don’t feel pressured to buy something new for every event.
- More space! I don’t wrangle with a stuffed closet or drawers anymore.
If you want to experience living with less, use my simple 2 week plan to get started.
Wear clothes from your closet. Have fun. Work on something amazing.
End of Week 1
Wash clothes. Dry them on a drying rack instead of in the dryer. Important: Do not put clothes away.
Wear clothes from closet. Important: Not the ones from the drying rack, if possible. Have fun. Work on something amazing.
End of Week 2.
Wash clothes. Again, do not put away. To be clear, you haven’t put clothes away for two weeks now. (Woo!)
Next step: Reduce your clothes.
1. Look at your remaining clothes. It should be easy to spot items you can let go. Remove clothing and accessories that:
- You hate to wear.
- Fit poorly.
- Duplicate pieces.
- You simply don’t need.
2. Put the clothes in a donation bag. This should be pretty painless, since you already have 14 days worth of clothing you love to wear on the drying rack. The items in the bag are not needed. At the end of two weeks, this is a fact.
3. Put the donation bag in your car to drop off at your convenience.
Things to consider
- Off-season clothing. Leave off-season items in the closet. My sweaters and long pants may not get much use now, but come October, I’ll be wearing nothing but.
- How long do you go between washing clothes? For me, no more than 10 days. That means if I have 10 wearable options for any given season, I’m more than set. Don’t minimize to the point of causing chaos. Keep extra clothes if you go longer between washes.
- Your lifestyle. If you know the extra t-shirts will be used during weeks you workout more frequently, keep them. If you know there is a five-day business seminar coming up where you’ll need five business suits, keep them.
That’s all it takes.
Minimizing your stuff doesn’t have to consume all your free time. Keep it simple and don’t work too hard. In my opinion, there are more important things to do in life, like doing work that excites you and making memories with people you love. Reduce the clutter … but don’t let clutter reduce you.
Have you tried dressing with less?
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Photo by Stephan Geyer