My favorite concept that the company Eco Age promotes is the 30 wears concept. The idea that you should only buy an item if you commit to wearing it thirty times. I love this idea, and if you love it enough to wear it thirty times, I imagine that you'll love it enough to wear it 100.
Anyway, this concept gave me the idea to tell you guys about my wardrobe. When Oliver and I lived in Texas we had a 900 square foot apartment with a walk in closet plus two more additional hall closets. It didn't feel like we had that much stuff and before we moved we took multiple full car loads to goodwill.
When we got to Los Angeles we moved into a 470 square foot apartment with one hall closet. It was stressful trying to make everything fit, but we made it work. This made me realize how much stuff we had that we didn't even particularly like, much less love! Over the last year and a half we have embraced minimalism throughout our life. For this post I will specifically focus on my wardrobe.
I realized that I owned a lot of items of clothing that I felt meh about. I didn't like them and I didn't like how I felt in them, but I kept them because I felt like a "should." It's weird when we get tied up to items because they were gifts, hand me downs, we spent money on them and feel guilty, or have weird sentimental attachments. The fact was that I really didn't like my clothes despite my closet being packed to the brim.
In a backwards move the first thing I did was start to buy items. I started to shop online and figure out my personal style. I didn't buy everything at once, but I started to curate nice pieces that I could pair with my new style as well as old items I still liked. For birthdays and holidays I would ask for specific pieces and my family so kindly obliged.
While I was curating this new wardrobe that I LOVED, I was donating like crazy. There's the "one in one out" rule where you can only buy something if you donate something else. I was probably doing more of a "one in five out" rule. I took almost everything to the goodwill down the street where I hope someone else will love the items!
My wardrobe is much smaller now. I have three dresser drawers, three shelves on our shoe unit, and about 2 1/2 feet of closet space. That includes all my dance clothes, pointe shoes, and my wedding dress! Now I love all my clothes and don't feel a need to shop because I don't want or need anything.