Clothing….It’s part of those 3 essentials we were taught in elementary school that we needed to survive…food, shelter and clothing. We are very fortunate in many parts of this world to have ample supply of these 3 needs. What’s become painfully obvious though is how we’ve abused those 3 essentials. I’m not promoting poverty at all. I like nice things….but I’ve come to realize I don’t need so much that it becomes a burden on me and the environment. Each person must evaluate their own needs and wants but the talk on the street is less can be more.
I worked in a clothing store for awhile but it wasn’t my thing…it wasn’t my passion. Why? because I had a hard time selling to people that I knew were looking for a fix to feel better. Don’t get me wrong I have done this too. I love the way a new outfit makes me feel…but it’s temporary and there are better ways to make yourself feel good especially… if your closet is filled to the brim.
Several months ago I had the pleasure of chatting with a friend about clothing. She suggested that as she was 50 now she would try getting her wardrobe down and maybe challenge herself to 50 items for 50 days. She confessed how she has way too much clothing, much of it she doesn’t wear and she continues to buy more. This is something many of us face. Yes this is a 1st World problem but it is one that once it gets under control will make the way for better things. Like saving money, maybe not working as much (I know many women who spend almost their whole paycheque on clothing each month), more peaceful surroundings at home, less choice in your busy life to name a few. You may have heard the fact that President Obama wears almost the same thing daily because he saves his decision making for more important issues at hand.
So I thought I needed to put my money where my mouth is ….so to speak. I went through my already downsized wardrobe and picked 30 items for 180 days. It was late September so I called it my Winter wardrobe. I picked 1 skirt in case of a dress up event, 2 blouses, 7 long sleeved shirts, 5 sweaters, 2 camisoles, 2 hoodies, 4 blazers, 3 jeans and 4 tights. I can’t tell how freeing it was right away to organize and clean up my selection.
Now I am almost 60 days in and I love that I have simplified my life by eliminating too many choices. I’ve packed for 3 trips as well and definitely noticed that having less choice made the process simpler. As for the clothes I have: I like how they look, I like how they feel and I love that I am spending less time figuring out what to wear. I have more important decisions to make in my daily life and the freedom of only have 30 choices has been a real blessing. So what are you waiting for? How many clothes do you really need?
My Winter Wardrobe: