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A Minimal Wardrobe | The KonMari Way
If you haven’t read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Mari Kondo, I strongly suggest that you grab a copy! I am working on another blog post about The Konmari method – with kids, so keep an eye out for that too. The Konmari method is fairly simple, you purge the unnecessary and only keep what “sparks joy.” I consider it minimalism with a purpose.
I recently went through my closet, several times, and weeded out the all of the things that I didn’t love, or didn’t wear. I was looking for a minimal wardrobe, the KonMari way. Honestly, the results were pretty shocking.
I didn’t realize how much I had gotten rid of until I saw so many of my clothes hanging on a line when I was preparing for a yard sale. The sad thing is, this was from the last of many purges. Several bags had already made their way to the thrift store as donations. I didn’t think that I had that many clothes to start with. Either way, I certainly don’t have very many now.
You may wonder just why it makes sense to have a minimal wardrobe. I realize that this isn’t for everyone, but if you’re reading this, you are probably curious about the benefits of a minimal wardrobe.
6 Reasons the KonMari method for clothing is beneficial.
- It’s simple. It’s easy to choose an outfit. I don’t have very many, and most of what I have works together well. It is the same idea behind a capsule wardrobe. Most of what I have is black, white, grey, or navy. These are the colors that I wore 90% of the time before taking the KonMari method to my clothes, so it didn’t make a lot of sense to keep green or purple clothes that I wasn’t going to wear.
- Enjoy the clothes that you have. It may be hard to think of a tank top as something that “sparks joy” but I like to think that being useful is enough to count in some cases. I like the clothes that are in my closet, and it doesn’t make sense to keep things that you don’t really like having. It is definitely a “why didn’t I think of this before” moment.
- Laundry is so much easier. I live in a household where there are 5-8 people. Laundry is so crazy. I went through all the clothes and gave everyone their own colored hangers. It is making things incredibly simple. I kept a certain amount of hangers for myself, and if I run out of hangers, something has to go. If new clothes come in, old clothes need to go out. Using this hanger system should help keep the clothing situation under control.
- Spend Less Money. If you make a point to have a minimal wardrobe, you’ll be much less likely to grab something just because it’s on sale, or purchase duplicates that you really don’t need.
- Have more money for nicer items. If you’re spending less on clothing in general, you’ll have more money to spend on nicer items. You don’t have to justify spending more for a jacket when it’s the jacket, and not just one of many.
- Less Stress. I’ve said it before but I truly feel like more stuff = more stress. You’ll feel more relaxed without the stress that comes with piles and clothes everywhere.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with clutter and stuff, definitely check out the book! Something about this book makes you want to start throwing things out immediately. I am continuing to declutter, tidy, and ask myself if items “spark joy” as I get ready for our upcoming move. Moving is a great reason to declutter and move toward a more minimal lifestyle, but any time is a great time to start.
When considering what you need in your minimal wardrobe, the first thing that you want to think about is how often to wash laundry. Obviously you want to have enough so that you don’t run out before laundry day. I do laundry almost every day of the week, but a weekly laundry schedule works well for some families. You also need to consider your lifestyle. If you don’t wear a lot of dresses, then you may only need to keep one or two for special occasions. If you are a fitness enthusiast, having multiple workout options is important. If you aren’t sure about a piece of clothing, put it away in another box for a week or two. If you don’t miss it, donate it!
I have read several other minimal bloggers say to spend more on your basics so that they last longer. I do agree with this to an extent, especially for things like dresses, boots and dressy tops. For things like tank tops, I like to stick with cheaper pieces from Forever 21 and Target. I’d rather pay $1.90 for Forever 21 tank tops, even if they only last for a season or two. I just can’t justify paying $30 or $40 for tank tops, and I’d rather save my money for quality jeans or shoes instead of basics.
My last piece of advice is not to push a minimal wardrobe on others who are unwilling. If you have little ones and you do their laundry, by all means go through and KonMari their clothes! If you have older children or an unwilling spouse, take it easy and lead by example.
My next post in the decluttering series, KonMari with kids, is coming very soon! Make sure to keep an eye out or subscribe to my weekly newsletter for all the latest! If you are on a journey to declutter, let me know about it in the comments!