Source minimalism tip #1 pause before you purge (your clothes)
a week or so ago i mentioned my goal to become a relative minimalist. make no mistake, i haven’t achieved this or become any sort of expert on the subject, but i’m trying! little by little. the idiots guide to minimalism starts with purging most of your belongings, right? and most of our excessive belongings are clothes… that’s what i thought at least and i’ll tell you, i took that suggestion for more than surface value. i made the overly enthusiastic, novice mistake of purging my entire closet in one day and galloping over to the local thrift store to donate my excess goods the very same . you see, i most certainly do not do things half way.
i’m getting that urge to streamline my wardrobe just a little bit more, so i’m writing this to promise to you all here and now that i will make the same mistake again. not that i couldn’t live without those items i “released”* mind you, but i want those of you testing the waters to do so a little bit less haphazardly. let’s just hope this time i follow my own advice.
A few things to consider:
purge seasonally Example: We’re in the middle of summer, so you know by now what you’re wearing and what you’re certainly not. haven’t worn it or even considered it? Release. Don’t do as I did and get rid clothes of clothing for the opposite season. that heaving cardigan means a whole lot more in january than it does in june.
take 30 Some items, for sentimental or financial reasons, are just plain difficult to get rid of…to that, i say fold them up and place them in a container for 30 days. During that time, if you forget about it, that means it’s safe to get rid of. if instead you’re still dwelling on it, give it a second chance.
ask yourself: love or need i think the advice to only keep the items you love is valuable and should be heeded. however, there are items that we may need that don’t fall under the label of love. these things include: pajamas, gym clothes, other “seconds” used as layering items, and even stale work clothes. i keep items that fall under this category under control by restricting items to one or two per category or better, having them serve a multipurpose use.
this weekend i’ll take to my summer clothes and rid my closet of excess. i’ll likely donate most, but if i’m lucky i’ll find a couple of items that can be sold. i won’t feel guilty, wasteful or anxious that i may want something someday. i know what i like, and the benefit of a streamlined existence has a higher value than those emotions. i’ll feel them a bit, though, and they’ll serve as reminders to pause before i purchase anything else, asking myself do i love it or need it?
*release= the term for emotional and physical detachment from a piece of clothing or other elective item that is contributing to clutter. or something like that.