Minimising my wardrobe has been a euphoric, otherworldly experience for me. I now seldom feel anxious, insecure, or despondent about what I’m wearing for the day. When you only own your favorite outfits, you will always feel comfortable and dressed for success! Here are some tips on getting over the inevitable psychological hurdles you’ll face along the way.
#1 Sort all of your clothes that you’ve given a subconscious “what if” label into a pile. Examples include “What if I got invited to a wedding with a butterfly print dress code”, “What if I lose 10kg”, “What if I went backpacking in east Asia and these elephant hippie pants come in handy”, and my favorite “What if I changed my style to punk”. I can answer all these what if’s with a big fat NO! Don’t keep holding onto clothes that you have squirrelled away for some intangible future daydream. Cut your wardrobe down to clothes that will enable you to live your dream today!
#2 Everything that itches, feels tight, weird, too heavy, or just plain uncomfortable- just give it away! Life is too short to wear uncomfortable clothes and you’ll look way more attractive wearing things you feel comfortable in!
#3 Get rid of torn/broken clothing. If your favorite t-shirt has an ink stain or your favorite jeans are torn to the point of your thighs touching then get rid of them. Contrary to popular sentiment, clothing is incapable of experiencing emotions and the nostalgia you associate with a certain pair of underwear is all in your head. If you absolutely can’t part with something due to sentimental reasons, consider re-purposing it (a pair of jeans can be sown into a tote, an old t-shirt can be fashioned into a pillow case).
#4 Consider what you actually wear. Most of us tend to gravitate towards the same outfits over and over again. If you don’t wear it that often, you probably aren’t that fond of it. Give it to a thrift store where it will find an owner that will put it to good use!
#5 Every time you get something new, you have to get rid of something. I have decided that I will only ever own 5 pairs of shoes – Running shoes, boots, sneakers, sandals, and a pair of flip-flops. If I want new sneakers, I have to give up my old ones. If you live in a consistent year-round climate (like the tropics or tundra) you could most likely cut this number down (Denmark has consistently unpredictable, bad weather all year so I think 5 pairs of shoes is justified).