I sat here for a while trying to decide how I wanted to introduce my minimal wardrobe journey. Did I want to jump right into how I started cleaning my closet out? Tell you about the brands I want to keep? Maybe the ones that I want to toss? There are so many aspect that I want to share. But instead, I decided to start with why I chose to make a minimalist closet. Then I realized that it wasn’t just one thing. The decision is a whole culmination or my life and what I’ve learned while living purposefully.
As you might already know, I started my journey to live more purposefully at the beginning of 2017. The journey first led me to a year of only thrift shopping, which taught me so much about my own personal style. Then came stocking up on sustainable brands and exploring what Fair Trade truly means. Halfway through that, I decided that I wanted to downsize.
The first step is to define what a minimalist closet means to me. Some people think that means only having 40 items. Others think that it means a cool ten pieces that go with everything. After taking a deep, hard look at what others have done and how I life my life, I decided on a goal.
My goal for my minimalist closet is to only have what I wear.
Boom. Simple as that. I knew from the very beginning that I didn’t want to set a strict number of items. That seems too much like a punishment for me. I’m going to walk through exactly how I started my minimalist closet journey in another post. This one is all about the why. Because no matter what you do in life, there should always be a reason.
Guys, I’m going to warn you right here. There are a lot of reason why I decided to make a minimalist closet. It’s not like one day I just woke up and said, “hey, it would be really fun to give all my clothes away!” My entire life was leading up to this moment. I wholeheartedly believe that. So there are a lot of reasons on this list, so grab a coffee and buckle up.
I care about this planet.
It’s that simple, my friends. I give a shit about the waste in this world. Thinking about how many items of clothing that I have bought, worn a few times, and then thrown away/given up/lost actually makes me nauseous. People throw away an average of 80 pounds of clothing each year. I won’t let that be me.
Where my money goes should matter.
Every single penny you spend shows what you believe in. When you are giving your hard-earned $20 to a fast fashion company, you’re saying that you believe in them. Well, I don’t.
When you have less, you care more.
Hear me out for a second. When your clothes cost next to nothing, they mean nothing to you. When you work hard for an item that someone else worked hard for, the way you look at clothing will change. You’ll start to read labels, wash on delicate, and hang dry. You will cherish your items.
I don’t want Rana Plaza to happen ever again.
If there is even one death from the clothing that I wear, that is too much. Simple as that.
It’s on Netflix. Watch it.
I want to be proud of what I look like.
I would rather invest in a handful of really nice, ethically made items that have a bunch of items that will be out of style in a month. Classic staples will always win, in my book.
I want to be comfortable in my clothing.
Gigi Hadid looks great in crop tops, but I do not. Building a minimalist closet makes you appreciate personal style without getting jealous of what someone else is wearing. Fashion doesn’t have to mean being someone you’re not.
It makes getting ready in the morning a whole lot easier.
If you’ve ever sat in the middle of piles of clothing and yelled, “BUT I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!” building a minimalist closet is for you. Having only items that you love in your closet makes life so much fun.
Trends come and go, but style is forever.
That one pretty much explains itself.
Some of my reasons are for the planet, and some of my reasons are selfish. That’s okay. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned since observing, planning, and acting on building a minimalist closet, it’s that everyone has their own reason. The important think is that everyone has a reason. Or, if you’re like me, you have nine.
Living minimally truly excited me. I feel like it’s the natural next step in my journey, and I’m so happy that you’re here to go along with me. Here’s to all the minimalist closets out there. May we build them, love them, and share them with the world.