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 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 keep on track.
1. Maintain your clothes wardrobe.
That 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. 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.
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! We found this beautiful 5 Drawer Dresser from Sauder that matched the bookshelf that we have in our room. It was a perfect fit for all of our underclothes, pajamas, socks, warm clothes, belts, etc.
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 out 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!
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. Although when I do need something “new” in my wardrobe I’ve been ordering what I need through Twice. I love that website!
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.
What are some tips that you have to share about maintaining a minimalistic wardrobe? Do you have a certain number of garments?
*This post is sponsored by Sauder, but any and all opinions any and all opinions stated in this article are my own.