Here’s my closet.
I currently own: 35 tops (some are not pictured here), 10 bottoms, 4 bags (including a back pack) and 6 pairs of shoes. To some it might seem like a ton of clothing but I’m coming from a place where I hoarded clothes so this is a huge step in the right direction for me. All these pieces fit correctly, are comfortable and most importantly are suitable for my current clothing needs as a stay at home mom. There are a few casual shirts that I’m considering doing away with but for now I’m not convinced that I’m better off without them – so I’m putting that on the back burner for now.
I organize it so that like items are together so my hanging clothes from front to back include cardigans, long sleeve bulky winter sweaters and knits. T-shirts and lounge wear are folded in an armoire along with tights and jogging pants. On the wall shelf to the left, I have one shelf of shoes, a shelf of bottoms, one shelf of bags and a box that holds important mementos like photos. On the upper shelf there is an empty overnight bag, a small box that holds the deed to our home and other important documents and an umbrella.
Mer’s half of the closet is virtually identical. Here’s a partial shot of his shelf portion that I snapped while trying to get the best angle of my stuff. It’s organized much the same way.
Mer and I donated another 80 or so items of clothing over the weekend (mostly his stuff – since my wardrobe has really been paired down to a minimum ). These items were just sitting in boxes waiting to be unpacked. He took one look at the stuff and decided that since he hasn’t used it in over six months we’d just donate the lot instead of cluttering up our limited closet space.
Living this way and adopting a more minimalistic approach to our wardrobe(our whole life really) is proving to have a few very clear advantages.
1/ Getting dressed is a breeze. I’d often spend a good 20 minutes ruffling through my messy closet or armoire hunting for something to wear. I’d try on various bottoms and tops and get frustrated when items didn’t fit correctly. I’d then lump them up and shove them wherever they fit to just be done with it. This led to chaos and a really disorganized closet space. Now, I know that everything fits well, I know exactly what I have and I grab the items I want for the day. A smaller amount of clothing makes the getting dressed portion of my day far less stressful.
2/ My daily outfits are more varied. Ironically, I wear more items of clothing now than ever before. I assume it’s because I now know that every piece in my collection fits correctly and I don’t reach for “safe” choices anymore. I used to get so frustrated (See #1) that I’d just wear the same thing over and over again. Now, I mix and match more freely and feel far better about what I’m wearing.
3/ I take better care of my clothing. I now have the space to house my clothing and take care of it properly. I’m no longer dealing with too many clothes and a lack of space. Folding, hanging and organizing them is easy and I want to do it wheras before it was more of “shove it anywhere it fits” situation. The result is that my clothing is always organized and hopefully it’ll improve each items longevity.
4/ Doing laundry isn’t a hassle anymore. I used to hate laundry day because (See #1, #2,#3) it required I fold and find a home for clothes. I’d often leave clothing laying around because it was easier to just store it in Margs’ crib (she doesn’t sleep in there). Eventually, the clothing would pile up so much that I wouldn’t be able to find pieces of clothing I was looking for – our room also always looked like a tornado had gone through. Now, our laundry is simple because every item has a home – putting things away is simple and takes me less than five minutes.