Ways to Maintain a Minimalist Wardrobe

I recently wrote a post about decluttering your wardrobe and ways to reorganize it. The tips were pretty general, and they were aimed at people who are just starting out in the decluttering process or who were just interested in reorganizing their wardrobe. However, I want to go into more detail about how to keep a clean, organized closet and how to avoid expanding your wardrobe after you’ve decluttered.

I said this in my last post, but I think it’s important to put away any clothing that isn’t season appropriate, even if it just means moving it to the back of the closet. In my case, I folded up all that clothing and stuck in a crate. The reason this is helpful is that you’re able to see more clearly how much of your clothing is truly wearable. You might end up realizing you have less clothes for that time of year than you originally expected, or you might realize you have even more.

I don’t remember where I first hear about this, but there’s something called the One-In/Out-Out Rule. Basically, when you’re looking at purchasing a new piece of clothing, think about what you already own that is similar. If you want to buy something new, you have to be willing to get rid of something you already own. If there’s nothing you’re willing to get rid of, that means you put the item back.

However, if you are in need of something new because you need a certain type of piece in your wardrobe, you might not need to apply this rule. Maybe you need a new jacket or some new socks. You either already got rid of the one you had or simply don’t have enough of something. You can decide when to apply or not apply this rule depending on what you’re purchasing and what you need.

If you’ve been looking into minimalism for a while or if this is a lifestyle you already practice, you might have heard of capsule wardrobes. Personally, it’s not really something that I practice. However, I can see why it would be of benefit to some who are really trying to have a small wardrobe.

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of key pieces that can all be mixed and matched to create a variety of different outfits. This wouldn’t include PJs or workout clothes. The focus should be on your daily attire, based on your own lifestyle. If you want to push your creativity with mixing and matching and you want to maintain a small wardrobe, this system might be for you.

Similarly, you could choose to come up with a color scheme. Figure out which colors you’re already naturally drawn to, and stick to those colors when you want to purchase new clothing. This will ensure that each new piece you bring into your wardrobe matches something you already own, and it narrows down the possibilities of new purchases. This system might also keep you from buying something you’ll only really wear a couple times, since you already know these are colors you love wearing.

Overall, when you’re thinking of buying a new item, ask yourself some essential questions. These might vary depending on your own situation, but these are some of the possibilities:

  • When/How often would I wear this item?
  • What do I own that I could wear with this?
  • Does this match my lifestyle?
  • Do I already own something that is similar to this piece?
  • Would I be considering this piece if it were more expensive?

Try out these tips, and hopefully there’s something here that can help you become maintain a decluttered and organized closet. If you have any tips you’d like to share as well, feel free to leave them in the comments or contact me through social media.

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