One of my goals for 2017 is to become a minimalist. This minimalist challenge is a big thing for our family of 6, but I know we can do it :-). We need to simplify our life and one of the easiest ways to start is actually with the stuff in our house. Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a clutter free house. The amount of stress that we will NOT HAVE :-).
Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Upis one of the best organizing/simplifying books I’ve read so far. Her strategy makes so much sense. Instead of becoming smarter in storing your stuff and buying more storage space, she helps you to get rid of the stuff you don’t need or want. “We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of,” is her motto.
In January 2016 I had a massive purge. I got rid of a lot of things we owned, but didn’t need.
This past Christmas holiday I decided to purge again. I was blown away by how much stuff we had accumulated over the 7 years we’re in South Africa, so I’m still in the purging mode. My challenge is to see if I can get to the bare minimum of what our family needs and still have a comfortable live.
According to KonMari you tackle your stuff in a certain order. First clothes, than books, after that papers and miscellaneous items (komono) and last but not least things with sentimental value.
In my next few blogs I will tackle these categories one by one.
Keeping the right clothes
I have a love/hate relationship with clothes. I’m most comfortable in jeans and a black tank… just love the simplicity. For many years it was also a financial issue. Buying the style of clothes I liked was to expensive, so I stuck with simple and easy.
Last year a dear friend of mine decided to take me out shopping. She had enough of my boring, simple clothes and decided it was time for something new. We had so much fun. She chose a lot of things that I would never even try, but it was so worth it. On top of that I had lost soo much weight in 2016 that I could go 3 sizes smaller.. It sure was time to shop!
From that experience I learned again that it’s better to buy one more expensive piece of clothing, than 10 cheap flimsy ones.
Purging the clothes you don’t love
So I purged my clothes. First I put them all out on the bed. And if I say all, I mean ALL. I made sure no piece was hiding somewhere. It gave me a complete overview of what I owned. After that I went through the different categories. First tops, than bottoms (pants and shirts), hanging clothes (jackets, coats, suits), socks, underwear, handbags, extra items (scarfs, belts, etc.), clothes for specific events (running, swimming) and shoes.
I set aside the clothes that I really loved. That was quite easy. I love my black tank tops, an awesome pair of jeans that I bought at a thrift story in Holland for only 4 euro’s, a beautiful dress and my favorite scarf.
Then I had to decide what to do with the rest. The things that I owned, but not particularly love. Would I keep ‘m? Maybe I need them one day. The first round, last year January, I was quite rigorous. This time is was harder. Yes, there are shirts that I don’t like too much, but they are still okay… do I toss? Difficult.
It was interesting to listen to the stories in my mind when I started purging clothes. A lot of them had to do with ‘what if I don’t have’. That is really not the place I want to live from. I do have… enough! 🙂
So donate or toss!!
Then I discovered project 333. Courtney Carver started Project 333 to simplify her life. She had been diagnosed with MS and wanted to declutter her life in all areas. On her inspiring blog bemorewithless she shares her story.
The idea behind Project 333 is that you make a clothing capsule of 33 items for 3 months. These items include your clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes. It doesn’t include personal things like wedding ring and underwear, in-home lounge wear and workout clothes.
Her experience is that you can have an awesome wardrobe with 33 pieces (or less) and simplify an important part of your life and time. Yes!! No more ‘what would I wear this time’ moments.
I love the following statement she made. “Consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.”
So I started counting…
- Blue jeans
- Army pants
- Black Jagging
- Blue shorts
- Green shorts
- Green tunic
- Flower dress
- Roxy t-shirt
- Green floral shirt
- Army green plain shirt
- Checked blouse
- Blue shirt
- Black tank top
- Black tank top
- Black tank top
- Grey tank top
- Flower dress
- Black dress
- Black cardigan
- Grey cardigan
- Grey Go Ju Kai hoodie
- Black leggings
- Green crochet scarf
- Leather belt
- Leather cross neckless
- Wooden cross neckless
- Button Bracelet
That’s it friends. As you have noticed I didn’t add shoes, because I’m on a barefoot mission. I must say I’m quite impressed with my list. Even more so that I can go shopping to add some more items if I would want to ;-). But I’m not going.
At this stage I’m very happy! I can mix and match enough to wear something different every day. Makes me thankful! Living with Gratitude!
Ps. What does your closet look like? What is your best kept secret?