Building a Minimalist Wardrobe
When you have very limited closet space in your home you have to be careful about everything you bring into it. I love to go clothes shopping and my wardrobe is always changing. I like new (to me) things and since I spend very little on my clothes because I get them at rummage sales or thrift stores and then I either sell them or give them to my sisters when I’m ready to move on or if they no longer fit.
But if you checked out my tour of our 400 sq foot home, you know that we don’t have much closet space and personally I’d rather not fill what we do have with clothing, even though I do like clothes! And in our new house…there are no closets because it’s so old! Here’s how I keep a fun minimalist wardrobe. These ideas are easy and things that anyone can do to help save space in your closets and keep your wardrobe simple.
Keep Less Space for Your Clothes
This concept is pretty simple. If you have less space for clothing, you will keep less clothing! If you have the space, use your closet to organize something else instead of filling it with clothing.
When Something New Gets Brought In, Something Old Goes Out
I use the rule that if I bring a new article of clothing in, something else that I’m not wearing as much needs to go out. Another good rule to follow when you are first starting to simplify your wardrobe is that when something new comes in, 2 or 3 things go out. It’s a very painless way to keep your clothing closet thinned out and cleaned out and you can still change it up when you want to.
Remove Seasonal Clothing
Up here in the North, we need a good amount of winter clothing as our winter runs for the majority of the year, and winter clothes take up so much room! Instead of keeping all your clothing out all the time (I don’t think you are going to wear that sweater when it’s 100 degrees out!), put away the seasonal clothes into a plastic tote during the off season. This idea will help your clothing closet stay the most functional and you won’t be storing a bunch of clothes in there that you aren’t wearing at the moment. Plus when you pull them out during the correct season it will be like getting all new clothes again because you haven’t seen them in a while.
My clothes are hung and in this plastic storage drawer tote.
Keep Only What You REALLY Wear
Do you have an outfit that you like or you wore once and swear you will wear it again but as of yet, you haven’t? Time for the outfit to go. If it’s nothing something you really need and you don’t really know if you are going to wear it again, sell it or donate it.
Keep Only What You REALLY Wear Part 2
Have you recently stopped working outside the home? Then do you really need those suits or business clothing anymore? Only keep the clothing that is actually practical for you to be wearing at this time in your life. The same goes for those that are trying to lose weight. There’s no need to keep all your clothing (random sizes) in your closet at the same time. If you want to keep the smaller clothing, then just put it away until you get to that size. It will be like opening a present when you get to get out that plastic tote of smaller clothing!
Keep Clothing That Goes Together
Have a zebra print skirt but no shirt to wear with it? Time for that to go. If you have a limited clothes closet…try and fill it with cute basics that go with many different things rather than single outfits that must go together. Regular jeans, shorts, and neutral colored skirts are great staples and then you can add fun shirts to go along with all those staples.
Are you bored with the clothes you do have but don’t have the budget to buy new clothes? Here are some fun repurposing projects to try!
What steps do you take towards building a more minimalist wardrobe?