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Choosing What To Keep 

Choosing What To Keep 

To build a sustainable closet, we have to ask where we live, who we are, what we do, and what our goals are. This helps us determine what we truly need and get rid of what we don’t have much use for.

It’s okay to keep some items just because they bring you joy even if you don’t use them often. As long as you’re enjoying your clothing more, you’re doing it right. 

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Maintaining a Minimalist Wardrobe

Choose long-term clothes carefully and invest in pieces that don’t go out of style, like a black cocktail dress for women or a tailored suit for men. You want these to showcase your best style as you either wear them very often (e. G. Work clothes, coats) or only on special occasions (e. G. Wedding outfits).

On the other hand, seasonal items (e. G. Winter hats or swimsuits) and trendy pieces (e. G. Loud prints or neons) are short term investments that should be cycled out. Commit to having a set number of trendy pieces (5 or less), and trade them out every season.

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Reasons For A Minimalist Closet
  • Tidier closet: you won’t have to dig through items you don’t wear
  • Increased confidence: if all your clothes are your best, you feel good no matter what you put on
  • More time and money: being satisfied with your wardrobe means shopping less so you can use your time and cash on more important things
  • Positive environmental impact: by investing in long-wear clothing, instead of fast fashion, you help prevent waste.

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Having a color palette increases the mixability of your pieces. This means most of your clothes will match and you’ll save time putting outfits together.

Choose what makes you feel the most like yourself and stick to it. 

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Getting Rid Of Clothes
  • Donating: to places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, or friends.
  • Selling: Many independently-owned thrift stores will give you money or store credit for well-preserved pieces.
  • Swap parties: Gather clothes you no longer wear and invite your friends to do the same so you can get together and trade them.
  • Upcycling: there are plenty of youtube videos about how to repurpose old t-shirts into bags, dresses, and even shoes. 

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Minimalist Vs Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes are a subsection of minimalist wardrobes that limit how many items of clothing you buy each season. Most capsule wardrobes have 30 items or less.

Minimalist wardrobes are more flexible. There is no set number of items as long as you wear all of them – and they bring you joy. 

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Selecting Clothes For Your Style

Think about your favorite clothes, as well as the ones you spent the most money on. Chances are, you already have a personal style – you may just not know it yet.

What are your favorite colors and fabrics, and what you feel most confident wearing? These outfits should be the anchor of your closet.

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Minimalism

It's the idea that by owning less, we free up the time, energy, and money to get the most out of life. The more intentional we are about what we keep, the freer we are to seek fulfillment.

Minimalism encourages us to invest in things we love, instead of accumulating things we like. When you have fewer options, you force yourself into a positive mindset. 

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Think About Laundry

Just because it fits your style, it doesn’t mean it fits your life. If you can’t afford dry cleaning, don’t buy an expensive suit. 

Remember, minimalism is about making your life easier and more enjoyable. Find outfits that match both your aesthetic and your routine. 

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Clean Out Your Closet
  • Sort and organize your apparel, separating items into three distinct piles: Donations, Disposal, and Clothes to Keep.
  • Keep only the garments you love dearly and plan to wear often.
  • From the usable items, sell the items you can and give or donate the rest.
  • For clothing that is damaged beyond wear, get creative and turn them into rags for cleaning.
  • Don’t clear out all your clothes at once. Slowly swapping out some garments in exchange for quality pieces will be less overwhelming and more affordable.

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#1 Wear Items that are Made of Classic Fabrics

Classic, timeless clothing made of materials that will last well into the next decade is what you should be looking to add to your essential wardrobe.

Think cotton, wool, linen, and silk.

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Assess Everything

Pull everything out of your closet and separate it into three piles: keep, donate, or throw away. And in terms of "keep" make a physical list of what you have before hanging them back up.

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