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Minimized Monthly: Closet Clutter Edition

May 29, 2017
Minimized Monthly

In 2014, I played the #MinsGame with my grad school roommate and got rid of 75% of my clothes. I’ve always been a shopaholic and until 2014, I didn’t realize how much closet clutter I had accumulated. That is, until I got rid of 3/4 of it and still had more than enough left for a fully stocked and functional wardrobe.

Minimized Monthly: Closet Clutter Edition
If it wasn’t for these photos, I wouldn’t remember anything I got rid of during the #MinsGame. The end result (last photo), was totally worth it!

The majority of the clothes I minimized three years ago were poorly made, cheap clothes that didn’t do anything for me. In a lot of cases, they were items I liked to imagine myself wearing – even though they weren’t my style. They were mostly flowy, chiffon dresses and poly-blend blouses. But, I’m a pilling yoga pants and 8-year old Blundstones type of gal.

Clothes are one of the first ways we portray ourselves to the world. With all the glossy paged magazines extolling the virtues of dressing a certain way, it can be difficult to feel comfortable wearing what you like.

A number of pieces still taking up space in my closet are pieces that:

  1. Do not fit my body anymore;
  2. Are not compatible with my lifestyle.

For example, I have a handful of really gorgeous ‘going out to dance’ tops – but I now live at least two hours away from any place where I could go out dancing.

When I think about it, I’ve been holding onto these pieces ‘just in case’. As if the 2000 person, rural town where I live is magically going to open a dance club. We only recently got our first all-day restaurant, so the chances are slim.

These pieces also happen to not fit my body anymore. I’ve gone through some physical changes due to some health issues which means some of my favorite pieces no longer work for me. While I am taking steps to address my health, I don’t want to shame my body for not being able to fit into pieces that my old body could pull off.

What closet clutter am I minimizing this month?

May Clothing Donation: Closet Clutter
My donation haul this month. And yes, I did make my bed to take this photo. You’re welcome internet.
  • One pair of dress capris
  • One skirt
  • One pair of yoga pants
  • One collared shirt
  • 7 Seven tank tops/t-shirts
  • One sweater
  • Three bras
  • One pair of socks

Where is my closet clutter going?

I’m going to drop them off at my local Goodwill, which is where I purchased some of the items in the first place. Nothing in this donation haul is really worth anything, or I would have considered selling them online or taking them to a consignment shop. I will save that option for when I finally part with my last three Lululemon sweaters.

Have you ever held onto an item because of how you thought it made you look to others?
  • insomniac June 10, 2017 at 9:47 am

    insomniac

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment June 1, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Oh how I can relate to those three photos at the top there! What a great feeling to get rid of it all. I have definitely held onto items with those ‘just in case’ moments in mind though, only to get rid of them later and resent myself for having cluttered my closet for such a long time with them. In my experience, ‘just in case’ moments can be covered by getting creative with existing wardrobe items, by borrowing from a (stylish, non-minimalist!) friend or just a quick trip to the secondhand store. Sending you good vibes for your health too and hoping everything is ok 🙂

    • tinyambitions June 1, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Stylish, non-minimalist friends are the best! I’ve found that ‘just in case’ moments almost never happen. But when they do, you can probably get away with shopping your own closet! Thanks for your good vibes btw! It’s nothing terribly life threatening. I’ll live to blog another day as long as I take care of myself. 🙂

      • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment June 4, 2017 at 12:57 am

        Oh I’m glad 🙂 Great that you are taking care Brittany – a healthy dose of self-care really can work wonders xx

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