At the beginning of the year I wrote this post about the anti-capsule wardrobe, and until now the idea of minimalism has only ever been a distant theory to me. Fast forward six months and I'm seriously considering stripping things back. Seriously.
Let me explain that I don't think I'll ever prescribe to the rules of only owning X-amount of items and not buying anything new for 3 months. Realistically I don't think that'll ever be something I can stick to and nor do I want that. I do want to cut back on the crap though. My last streamlining session was just after Christmas and I'm itching to do it again.
So what are the main reasons for my change of heart?
My wardrobe now serves different purposes | Until six weeks my wardrobe was 90% casual, with the odd "going out" piece thrown in. Now I need a workwear wardrobe, and my abundance of jeggings and trainers seems a little excessive. I've bought pieces to build up my 9 to 5 outfits and now find myself with an overflowing collection of 'weekend' clothes that I'm unlikely to get my wear out of. It's overwhelming to look at and wasteful, so I'm hoping to be more selective in the casual pieces I keep and really strip back.
Nothing fits | If you read this or this post, you'll know that I've been on a weightloss journey. I'm currently at my lowest (adult) weight ever and not only do the clothes I was wearing before no longer fit, but the old clothes I was saving to fit back into are now too big. It's a bittersweet feeling that only adds to the "I've got nothing to wear!" panic we all face every now and then. The reality is that my newly-purchased workwear are really the only things in my size so I need to get rid of everything else and start again.
I'm easily influenced | A capsule/minimalist wardrobe is certainly nothing new and I've long been a follower of Into Mind, but it was Samio's video that hit home for me. She's been on a minimalism journey with her surroundings in general and hearing her talk about her progress was really inspiring and motivated me to have a go myself.
I'm lazy | Me and Nick have a lot of stuff, and an overflowing wardrobe adds to the cluttered effect and seriously reduces the feng shui of our environment. It's a terrible first world problem, but having too many things = more washing = more time spent putting it all away. I told you I'm lazy. But really, it was somewhat of an epiphany when I realised that by culling my wardrobe I'd also be cutting out a lot of the time I spend refolding things that the cats mess up (I have an open wardrobe) and would be one less thing to maintain.
As I've said, I don't think I'll ever be the proud owner of a capsule wardrobe but I will be referring to this when I tackle my wardrobe. I'm actually a little excited to see if I'm up to the challenge and if it's a success I'm going to start utilising a touch more minimalism in other areas of our home.
Are you a minimalist living follower? I'd love to know any tips or favourite references you have!