My friend Trent shares a Weekly Smile, and encourage others to join! There’s so many things to be grateful for!
Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
I spent time this past week organizing my closet. This makes me smile. I enjoy doing it, but I also enjoy having finished the task! I think organizing the closet is a great fall activity. I like being organized and only have clothes that I actually feel good wearing, and use on a regular basis. At the moment I find it reasonable to have a goal of having twenty items hanging in my closet, (meaning that underwear etc is excluded from the count,) the twenty items includes jackets/pants/dresses/shirts/t-shirts. This number works for me, in my situation right now, and makes it really easy to find outfits that I want to wear every day. You might find that the climate where you live, or your work demands more clothing items. I reevaluate what I need when my circumstance goes through a major change (move, change of work.etc.) This post includes guidelines that I find useful. Having a limit of only twenty items, forces me to really think about what I actually use. I go through my closet at least twice a year, evaluating if I use all the clothes hanging in my closet.
Being organized makes me feel good. The twenty items in my closet includes two dresses, and a nice Calvin Klein go out jacket (I splurged on that jacket when I moved to Las Vegas and felt that this country girl didn’t have any clothes suitable for the city, knowing that a quality jacket could lift the clothes I already owned and be used for years to come.) The dresses are of different colors and materials, but of the same cut (that flatter my height/figure.) Both dresses goes well with my nice jacket. These clothes are in bolder colors compared to the rest of my closet.
The twenty items also includes horseback riding gear (for both western and English riding,) and winter/snowboard clothes. My day-to-day clothes are mostly in different shades of blue, my favorite color. Jeans and t-shirt for the winter. I like to have at least two pair of jeans in my closet at all times. Wrangler jeans looks good on me, and I can use them when I go horseback riding as well. Shorts and t-shirt is my standard outfit for the summer. I’ve tried my fair share of cute summer dresses, but it’s just not my thing, unless there is a special occasion. I often wear Under Armour t-shirts since they fit me and my lifestyle well. If you find a particular brand that fits you, it makes sense to stick with it.
I have one red t-shirt, and two reddish sweaters/light jackets that were gifted to me, they are a nice touch of color, I do wear them, but they will be replaced with blue items when it’s their turn to go. The more color coded your closet is, the easier it is to keep it minimalistic. I have put a lot of thoughts into what type of clothes I feel good wearing. When I see a piece of clothing I immediately know if it fits my style, and current wardrobe. As a bonus, if I decide to go on a last minute trip, something I LOVE to do, it’s very easy to pack.
I have not always been this confident. I used to see clothes/shoes/boots/purses that I just LOVED and felt that I needed that item, it didn’t matter if they didn’t look good with anything I currently had in my wardrobe. I once was gifted a brand new pair of designer shoes, valued to $2000 at the time. They were the sexiest pair of shoes I could possibly imagine, made out of black, smooth leather. They were incredible! They also had really high heels, I’m already 5’10 without any heels, and I ended up wearing these incredible shoes two times. They spend nearly 8 years taking up space in my closet (even moving with me across the Atlantic) before I finally gifted them to someone who actually used them.
If I would give someone that wanted to create a more minimalistic wardrobe one tips to get started, it would be to think about clothes that makes you feel great, the cut and color of these clothes, and build your wardrobe based on that. Excluding clothes that you like, but don’t love.
– Maria Jansson, SagittariusViking.com
I went through my daughter’s closet using the same system this weekend as well. She felt so good about it that she choose to do a guided tour of her closet for our dinner guests last night. I don’t know where she gets all her ideas from. LOL.
Since we organize our wardrobes at least twice a year it’s not an overwhelming task. This time we had less than one trash bag of overflow-clothing between the two of us (will be taken to Goodwill this week.) Most of this was gifted items, older (favorite) clothes with wear and tear, and items that my daughter outgrew. Having less clothes in the closet makes it easy to see if there is an actual need for new clothes. For a while I had the rule of one item in, one item out. I do not have that rule anymore. Some people swear by it, that it helps them tremendously. I simply don’t need it. I don’t like surrounding myself with lots of things (including clothes.) I don’t like shopping very much. If I do visit a thrift store, or a clothing store that I like, I give myself the freedom to purchase clothes that we need, and I feel great about it. I can do this because I only visit these types of stores 2-3 times/year, and I never feel a need to over indulge in a big shopping spree. I’ve lived a minimalistic lifestyle for so long that clutter actually bothers me. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy having clothes that I love, and I care a lot about what I wear. I am extremely picky, and know what I want. I just don’t feel a need to own more than I use. I enjoy the freedom that comes from a minimalistic lifestyle too much,
Purchasing less clothes makes it possible to choose quality clothing, when it makes sense to do so. I don’t spend a fortune on clothes that I know that my daughter will outgrow fast (she’s 7 years old,) but I’ve made it a priority to buy her quality shoes since she first started walking. I believe that good shoes affects her body and posture longterm, and encourages an active lifestyle. I also like to think about the sustainability that comes with a more minimalistic mindset, purchasing less throw away items and recycling/reusing when possible. Did you know that more than 13 million tons of clothing gets thrown away here in the US every year?
Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.
The clothes that my daughter and I have in our closet are clothes that we want to wear, in the right size. This saves us both time, and money. For someone like me that are sensitive to a lot of things, including dust, not having extra items collecting dust in my closet actually improves my health as well. In all honesty, do you actually wear all the clothes in your closet? Do you LOVE all the clothes in your closet? Have you thought about that if we own more clothes, we actually enjoy them (each item) less?
What makes you smile this week? This time it was really difficult for me to choose one smile, because I had so many things that made me smile; a visit to Hoover Dam, time with loved ones, hiking at Kelso Dunes (Mojave National Preserve,) and a beautiful book that was gifted to me. I finished editing the photos from Kelso Dunes last night, and I will write a post about that adventure later. It was absolutely fabulous, and the light was magical.
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. – Willie Nelson
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I couldn’t help but giving you one little teaser from our adventure at Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve (CA,) this weekend. Keep your eyes peeled for the post 😉