DIY Minimalist Wardrobe

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Okay, so if you’re anything like me then your wardrobe situation looks something like this:

Both bedrooms cupboards are filled with your clothing, you have railings of clothes at your parents house, and about 6 boxes of clothing in storage, and that’s after donating about 6 garbage bags of clothing, you also use the laundry cupboard for clothes, and everything is tightly squeezed, and your shapes are hidden in the living room, under your bed and a lot of other places, and you hang more than three things on a hanger.

When my husband and I got married, I had to throw out a lot of stuff to make a little space for his stuff, and it was hard. And whenever I go to the mall, I buy more. I just can’t help it, if I like it, I buy it. It was easier when I was a student, because I was poor and busy AF. But now that I’m working, I’m earning a decent salary that leaves more than enough retail space in my budget to make my closet a BIG problem area in our home.

So I’ve decided I’m going to downscale, I’m going to minimilize my wardrobe, and only buy certain items when I’m out shopping, I’m also shrinking my shopping budget to prevent more shopping, and trying to stay out of the shops to prevent impulse shopping.

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So if you’re also keen to have a minimalist closet, follow these simple steps:

1.Matching hangers

You already have too much clothing, and too little space, to prevent it from looking like an even bigger disaster, buy matching hangers, I bought white one’s, because they’re neat, clean and easy to find. The number of hangers you buy will be the number of clothing pieces you’re allowed to have.

2. Section by section

So first of all, work in sections, so I did the cupboard in our main bedroom first. I put everything on our bed (and next to it) and eliminated the easy things first, this includes:

  • old stuff
  • big stuff
  • small stuff
  • I never wear it stuff
  • Out of fashion stuff

3. Stop being sentimental

I have the tendency to leave things in closet because its been there a long time, or it still has the tag on, or I used to love it. Also, get rid of the bungee jumping t-shirt, prom dress and Matric signed school shirt, remember it, but get rid of it. You can take pictures of it and mail it to yourself so you have it on back up.

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4. The beautiful stuff

I have this unbelievably stunning orange coat, handmade and stitched finely, with embroidery on the cuffs, it is custom made to my fit, and one of its kind. But I don’t look great in orange, so I never wear it. I need to get rid of it. Someone else will love it, and wear it, and look great in it, and I’ll still be here, not missing it like I’ll miss my favorite pair of Levi’s if i had to lose it.

5. Fit vs. Goal

So I know you got rid of the too small and too big items earlier, but now it’s time to be brutally honest. I have a beautiful Calvin Klein jean my dad bought me, but it’s too small. I’ve gained weight since my wedding (poor hubby), so I’m giving myself until October, if the jean doesn’t fit me then, I’m getting rid of it.

6. How recent have you worn it?

Okay, so check the season first, because I have made the mistake too many times by clearing out my closet in summer and thinking, “Hmm, I haven’t worn this sweater in ages!” and then chucked it, only to remember during winter that I actually did wear that sweater. So check your season you’re in, and chuck everything that you haven’t worn recently.

And repeat this process with each section. Once you’ve been through it all, you should have more cupboard space, I know I did, it’s still tight though. I’ll have to downscale a lot more.

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7. Buying new things

When you’re out shopping you tend to get caught up in the moment, buying the things you like without really thinking about it. When I go shopping close by, I now try to only buy neutral items that I absolutely adore. But when there’s a statement item I love, like a red coat or high heels, I go home, and go back the next day. If I still want it the next morning, I’ll go back for it. If it’s sold out, it wasn’t meant to be. If I shop far away from home, I’ll go have lunch somewhere or go for coffee, and think of the item and what I want it for, and if I still want it after the lunch (all too often I don’t), then I’ll go back and purchase it.

It’s quite simple, and it happens regularly that I end up not buying an item after taking a break from the excitement of having it in my hands.

Repeat this process every 3 to 5 months, to make sure that you don’t fall into the habit of hoarding clothes you think should be there for the sake of being there.

You start a minimalist wardrobe by a simple process of elimination. Keep the things you like, and get rid of the rest. Sounds easy right? It isn’t.

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