It’s been 1 week since I started this journey and 8 bin bags of clothes later… I’m feeling pretty good
If you saw my first post on minimalism, you will know that it is something I have been considering for a while. I have finally taken the plunge and started to clear out my life.
This was week one, the first week of January. Everybody starts New Year’s Resolutions, but not everybody follows through with them. I am no different, a self confessed serial resolution killer. The only other things in my life that I have put this much effort into are Veganism and this Blog.
I am determined to make this a success and I want to document it all.
So for my first magic trick, I made 8 bin bags full of clothes disappear from my closet, I gathered every piece of clothing I own and separated it into three piles – Keep, Store for Summer and Charity.
I am going to go ahead and guess that if you are reading this post, it’s because you have some interest in minimalism too. And if you are anything like me this isn’t the first time you have attempted to clean out your wardrobe, is it?
You know how it is, you sit on the floor of your bedroom surrounded by clothes and shoes and bags and with each item you pick up comes with it a wave of excuses of why you should probably keep that specific piece.
“What if I get invited to a wedding, a funeral, an engagement party or what if I meet the queen?”
“I could loose weight to make this fit again”
“I’ll keep these as my ‘goal jeans'”
“Oh but I looked so good in this dress that one time 3 years ago”
But this time I said Fuck it! Just take all the clothes you haven’t worn in the last month and throw them in the charity pile, then whatever you will wear in the summer from that pile, pull out and store it.
1 hour, 8 bin bags filled with clothes shoes and bags, a large vacuum pack storage bag and approx 30 items of clothing left in my wardrobe later….
I felt liberated
I contacted TRAID and arranged a pick up of my bin bags full of clothes. Having that many clothes removed from my flat and out of my life feels amazing! But what I didn’t realise at the time was how easy picking an outfit in the morning can be when you have a limited number of clothes to choose from.
I made sure that every item of clothing I kept was in good condition, great quality, fit properly and easy to style.
Basically what I was left with was all the clothes I had most recently purchased from high street shops like Urban Outfitters and Topshop. As I have gotten older I have realised that you simply cannot spend £10 on a dress in Primark and expect it to last forever, feel amazing on you and fit well.
I don’t mind spending the extra £10-£15 on a dress or a top or a pair of jeans if it means I will not have to replace them in 2 months even if they are perfectly fine.
I will still purchase clothes from charity shops, but only ones that are of great quality.
Overall, I feel amazing about my new wardrobe.
I have started to dress more casual on a day to day basis because of it and I enjoy that. I used to only wear dresses and look as glam as I can even if I was going to Tesco just because I could, because the options were there. Now I don’t mind heading into Central London for lunch in a pair of high waisted trousers and a casual Urban Outfitters crop top paired with some plain white trainers.
It’s simple and stylish. Style without fuss and clutter <3
“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.”
– Vernon Howard
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