Minimalist Wardrobe: Time to Downsize

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Well New Year new me… or at least as far as my wardrobe is concerned! Come New Year day I decided I had enough of the ridiculous amount of clothes in my giant wardrobe, chest of drawers and yes I even spread out into my office drawers… Oops!

For the record, the majority of my wardrobe was bought second hand or handed down to me by family and friends. I try to get all of my clothes second hand where possible in order to minimize my impact on the environment. But really there was too much of it and it this raised a number of concerns. One I was buying into consumerism, fashion fads and the waste culture. Two I wouldn’t fit it all in when I eventually get my FreEco Bus Converted, heck even bought would be a good step to achieve!

So I remembered seeing things called capsule wardrobes on Pinterest and began to do a bit of digging. I have found out about Project 333. And decided on New Years Day to join the challenge. I minimized my wardrobe down to about 30 items (including shoes and coats, but excluding underwear, PJs, workout gear and lounging clothes) per season.

It was so difficult to decide on which items to keep and give away. In the end I decided on about 30 items for each season. The ones for Autumn, Spring and Summer I put away into my chest of drawers. Whilst the Winter items remained in my wardrobe.

The rest I put in a pile to give me chance to decide if I was happy with my choices and in a couple of weeks if there are any items that I think nooo I can’t be done with loosing that, I have 3 spare spaces per season to play with… if not, they will be packed off to the charity shop.

I have found it so much easier getting ready in the mornings, but also I feel like I have made a practical step towards my FreEco Bus dream and also a better move for the environment. Now my clothing focus is not on what is on trend, but what is practical, multi-functional and good quality.

Have any of you done anything similar? I would love to hear about your experiences!

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