minimize your wardrobe asking just one question08/09/2015
Let me tell you how proud I am of myself for managing to minimize my wardrobe. Very proud. There. This may sound a bit ludicrous to you, but if you’ve been following my fashion journey from the start, you would know just how much my style, thoughts and attitude towards fashion and shopping have changed. Yes, I used to be that girl who couldn’t hold her horses when she’d spot a “Cuuteeee!” shirt or shoes. After a while, when a few chairs in my room started serving more as additional closet space and less as places to sit on – I realized a rehab might be a wise idea. Sitting in front of my opened closet(s), I said my vows and solemnly promised to myself things were going to change for the better. Ever since I admitted to myself “Hi, I’m Milica and I’m a shopaholic”, I’ve sold and donated tons of clothes, shoes and accessories and stopped shopping for ridiculous pieces I’d wear only once or (more accurately) never. Having cleaned out so much of my closet, I feel more content and at peace with myself. And I’m sure my closet feels the same way too. Those “I have NOTHING to wear” moments are rarely happening anymore and the time spent deciding on what to pick for the day has been halved.
If you have similar symptoms and can recognize yourself in the lines above, don’t panic just yet for I have a solution for you. A simple guide on how to kick the nasty shopping addiction to the curb and free yourself (and your closet) of all the things you don’t and will never wear.
The secret to clean out your closet and minimize your wardrobe lies in one simple question:
DOES IT SPARK JOY?*
That’s it. As simple as it gets. All you have to do is ask this question about each and every thing you own and be honest to yourself when replying. Nothing that you don’t truly love and enjoy wearing/having should go. Understand that you shouldn’t feel guilty or ashamed of letting go for it is not a waste. You can share those items with friends and family, donate or sell. Remember that keeping stuff for the sake of having stuff is just weighing you down and does not allow for you to cherish the things you truly do enjoy on an everyday basis. And who knows, the stuff you let go might bring immense joy to someone else!
If you struggle with finding your place in the style world, then let me show you how to find your personal style!
*This comes from the very popular KonMari method of tidying basically everything in your life. I elaborate more on that in a post about books that changed my life. Go have a read and maybe they’ll change yours too!