I think it’s not a big secret that I’m a fashion and style devotee but I have neither limitless resources to buy everything nor limitless space to storage them and of course I just cannot/don’t want to pull off anything but that’s an other story. The point is everybody has limits, just be aware of yours.
Nice minimalist inspirations/examples and proof that you don’t need too much space.
I’m an organized girl. I guess I inherited it from my father. Funny thing I wasn’t like this. My father was always mad at me and my brother because of our rooms. And no, I wasn’t particularly messy, I was just a kid. As I became an adult (there are debates when this happened actually :)) and I got my own space I just became organized. I think it’s useful even though my hubby thinks this otherwise, some kind of OCD. But he cannot deny the fact that it can be useful as for example my clothes have never been flowing out of my closet despite the fact I like clothes (and shoes and bags and so on).
This was my wardrobe (not too big at all) before some decluttering.
There are endless tips and tactics how to keep your closet/wardrobe/life tidy. For example there is Marie Kondo, who says every one of your item should sparkle joy to you, which is all right but maybe bit too esoteric. Then there are lot of girls who believe in defined number of clothes (aka minimal closet) which I think is kinda difficult to keep up. And there are flow charts which can advise ‘clever’ things like if you have something, don’t use it but don’t want get rid off it either, then you should put it in a frame and watch it all day. He? I mean, are you mocking me? Really?
And this is the pile I’m getting rid off (mostly on ebay). There’s 16 items up now and some of them are waiting to get list.
I think, although these things could be useful and good way to start somewhere, everyone should experienced her/his own way. I mean we’re all adults, right? Right. Anyway, I just went trough my whole closet recently (see the result above) and I thought, I’ll share the most useful tips which I’ve ever met and used in my life:
- Be aware of your style and what kind of things do you like and wear all the time. Someone says you need one little black dress in your closet. Hmm and why is that exactly? For example I’ve never ever had LBD and never felt I would miss it. Why? Because I don’t like dresses and because I don’t really have the occasion to wear. If you can’t live without it, then of course have one or two. But if you can don’t let anybody to speak up to it.
- Also as I posted before I have some principles, mainly quality (and size and length and cut or whatever) expectations. If I see something what I like but that thing doesn’t pass the limit I won’t buy it. And it can be cheap too I don’t care because I know after a while I wanna but an other one. If you have these things too, be strong and don’t give up on them.
- Keep it in mind what’s inside your closet already. If you want to buy something which is in your closet already, you should ask yourself do you really need another one? Why? If you do need it, could you wear it regularly? Will you use all of them? If not, which one shouldn’t be there anymore?
- After finding this out, get rid off those things you don’t need. Sell them or give them to charity services or your friends, what you prefer. And don’t take another look. If you made that decision there was a reason too. Keep that reason in mind. At this point you might ask do I have any regrets? No, not really. And believe me I’ve been doing this for years now. I always keep it in mind that reason.
- If the situation is so bad that you can’t keep up anymore you should do what Marie Kondo says. Spend a day (or two) to look over your whole closet. There is more way to pick out the proper clothes. Ask yourself these questions: Do I like it? Does it fit my body and my style without a doubt? Have I worn it in the last couple of months (or last year if it’s seasonal)? Would I wear it right now? If you can answer to all these questions with a yes, then keep it.
- Of course if you’re not sure in some items, you can give yourself some time to think about one or two items (like me with these flares). It’s not a race after all, you have plenty of time to chew it back and forth. But bare in mind that it easier to do it all at once.
- Don’t keep the ugly or way too used pieces. If a jumper is full of fluff (and not in the good way) or there are holes on it you shouldn’t keep it.
- Do it regularly. I have this urge (OCD, right?) to do this after a while. It’s hard to say when as it’s not scheduled in my calendar but when I have too much things in there I do it.
- You can specify the total number of clothes what’s practical for you. In the beginning I used to calculate the amount of my clothes, coats and jackets included but sportswear and homewear excluded. My number should be around 70-80 pieces total, shoes around 20 and bags around 6. But actually I don’t do this anymore as I can feel when it’s too much by looking at it. And after a while you can do it too. 🙂
- Don’t give up. You’ll see after it it will be much better.
And this is my wardrobe right now. I’ve just taken these pictures so they’re pretty fresh. Hehe. As you can see I put away our winter coats already. Crossed fingers for spring!
I store the shoes and jackets and bags – what I’m wearing now – in the hallway and some out of season ones in these pink Acne Studios boxes which I don’t wanna throw away.
And in the sideboard in the hallway I have my other bags, scarves, caps and gloves.
So that’s all folks. I hope I could help or give some useful tips to you.
PS: I just saw some pictures about other people’s decluttering. OMG. I couldn’t live like them (but kudos to them to make these important steps). Have I really OCD? Naaahh.. 🙂