Quality is Key when trying to become Minimal
You may know by now how I am trying to kick my habit of accumulating loads of crap in my life and simplify my belongings in order to simplify my mind.
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So, this week I want to talk about focusing on quality over quantity. In the past I seemed use that term a lot with regards to everything but clothing. Clothing was the one guilty pleasure that I would allow my self to get a bit spend happy with, it was all about how much I could accumulate for the least amount of money.
Believe it or not, as well as being a shopaholic I am surprisingly good at finding a bargain! Nothing gives me more of a thrill than finding a perfect barely-worn pair of Levi’s Vintage Mom jeans in a Charity shop for £3.50 (that really happened, Leigh-on-Sea in Essex is prime charity shop territory. Get ya butt there!)
But unfortunately it’s not every day that you come across such an amazing bargain, I could spend an entire day at a bunch of different charity shops and end up spending only £20 but coming home with about 10 mediocre “I might wear it one day” items.
Since doing an Eminem and cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago, I have realised that I don’t need to waste time, money and space on a TON of clothes to feel happy in how I style myself. I can have only a few good quality items in my wardrobe and feel satisfied in what I have to wear.
The key to feeling satisfied in what little clothing I now have, is to make sure that I only but good quality items that I can A) Get a lot of wear out of. And B) Style with the majority of my closet.
For example, I spent a whopping £20 on a pair of 90’s vibes, black ribbed, skinny flare, high-waisted trousers a few months back. Now, I know £20 for a pair of trousers doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but I would have NEVER spent that much on a single item of clothing 6 months ago! Anyway the point is that these trousers are great quality, easy to style, perfect for warm and cold weather and the single most comfortable things I’ve ever worn.
I have been able to save about an extra £150 a month because I am no longer spending £20-£30 here and there on a bunch of clothes I will never wear. I’ve learnt that you can spend a little more on single items of clothing and be satisfied with your wardrobe and not feel the need to go out and spend money every single weekend.
I will still be a bargain hunter and the trusty Charity Shops will always have a place in my heart. But now I look for single items of great quality, rather than bulk buying a ton of random things.
Less is most definitely more.
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupe
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