Creating a minimalist wardrobe is only half the battle. Today we’re taking a look at how to maintain a Minimalistic Wardrobe through the different seasons and years.
Maintaining a Minimalistic Wardrobe
Over a year ago I wrote about how we were downsizing to a minimalistic wardrobe after we moved into our camper. I shared a few tips on how to get your wardrobe to a more manageable size. Now, after spending more time with our minimalistic wardrobes, I’ve got a few more tips for you on how to keep the clothes clutter to a minimum!
After I initially cleaned out our closets I realized that there is much more to keeping minimal clothing than just cleaning out what you aren’t using! It’s easy to get tempted and side-tracked by sales, gifts, and other things that can quickly add the bulk back into your closet and put you right back to where you don’t really need to be. Here are some of the things we’ve done to help maintain a minimalistic closet.
1. Maintain your clothes wardrobe.
You may be wondering how to maintain your wardrobe. The easiest way is to stay on top of it. This may mean doing another purge every few months to keep it fresh and relevant to what you are wearing. Or it may mean that you need to take a good look through it once a year to see what will need to be replaced. You may even find it helpful to keep a basket at the top of your closet for unworn, unwanted, or ill-fitted clothing so you can add daily as needed and donate every season. Either way, make sure you check on the closet every so often to make sure you are maintaining the minimalistic amount of clothing that you are hoping to have.
–Make sure to update your kid’s wardrobes frequently too! Learn more about How to Minimalize Children’s Clothing.
2. Have a place for everything.
Until this month we didn’t even have a dresser yet, we were keeping most of our clothes in fabric bins. It was working alright but we couldn’t see all the clothes and weren’t sure what we had. After clearing out the bins and getting a proper dresser for our clothes, we cleaned out a full garbage sack of clothes to sell on our rummage sale!
3. Be able to see your clothes!
Bouncing off idea #2, make sure that you can actually see and find your clothing! Once we moved our clothing out of the bins we also put up some shelves. Now I can see each of my pairs of jeans, shirts, and everything. If you don’t have room for shelves, hanging up all of your clothes will also create this visual. After we put our clothing up on shelves I felt like I had a whole new wardrobe!
–Check out this post to find out more about How to Create a Realistic Family Closet System.
4. Don’t always get rid of what you aren’t using.
While cleaning out of clothes this year, my hubby and I both noticed that we had many things that fit us well but we weren’t really wearing right now. It didn’t make sense to get rid of it since we knew we would wear it and living the lifestyle that we do, our clothes tend to wear out quickly. So now we have a “Later” box that has some clothing for each of us that we can pull out when we have things that wear out. It doesn’t need to sit in our closet and take up space since we aren’t wearing it now but we have it for when we need to refresh our wardrobe instead of having to make a trip (and spend money) at the store.
–When I do need something “new” in my wardrobe I’ve been finding great deals online. Here are 10 Ways to Save on Used Clothes When You Shop Online if you’re new to it.
These are just a few ways that we are not only making a minimalistic wardrobe but maintaining that wardrobe. So far it’s been working well and we’ve been spending less and less on clothing as the years go by.
Here are a few more post you may enjoy reading if you liked this post on how to keep your wardrobe clean:
- Frugality vs Minimalism (Becoming a Frugal Minimalist)
- Frugal Laundry Strategies
- Frugal Clothes Shopping at Rummage Sales
- Organizing a Clothes Swap
- Creative Ways to Start Repurposing T-Shirts
- How To Shop for Frugal Clothing at Consignment Stores
If you are looking to simplify your life even further, you may want to check my eWorkbook, 31 Days to Simpler Living! In it, you will find 79 pages of daily challenges, info and advice, and printable worksheets and checklists to keep you on track along your journey.
What are some tips that you have to share about maintaining a minimalistic wardrobe?
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This post on Maintaining a Minimalistic Wardrobe was originally published on Little House Living in January 2014. It has been updated as of January 2020.