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7 Ways To Simplify Your Wardrobe

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To create a well-balanced wardrobe focus on basics. The basic staples will make getting ready each day of simple.

Make sure you have things like a pair of black pants, versatile tanks, and basic blouses to serve as your staples, and then focus on acquiring a few patterned items and statement pieces.

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7 Ways To Simplify Your Wardrobe

7 Ways To Simplify Your Wardrobe

https://www.bustle.com/articles/125291-how-to-simplify-your-wardrobe-with-7-easy-tips

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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.

Figure Out What You Really Wear

... on a regular basis. To make this process easier, do the following:
  • Turn each the hangers in your closet so the hooks are pointing towards you (wrong way round).
  • When you wear something, put it back with the hook the normal way.
  • Donate anything in a hanger still facing the wrong way after six months.

Ask Yourself If It Fits

Simply asking yourself if the item in question fits right now will help you find out what to get. If the answer is no, toss it.

Ask Yourself If You Love It

Go through what you have in your closet and ask yourself if you love each piece. If the answer is no, or your first thought is how you don't like something about it, donate it.

The Statement Pieces

To create a well-balanced wardrobe focus on basics. The basic staples will make getting ready each day of simple.

Make sure you have things like a pair of black pants, versatile tanks, and basic blouses to serve as your staples, and then focus on acquiring a few patterned items and statement pieces.

Consider a Capsule Wardrobe

Having a capsule wardrobe is about editing the clothes in your closet to only those that currently fit you and can be used in many different outfits. If you stick to these requirements, you should be able to limit your closet to 30 items or less.

Be thorough, if you haven't worn it in a season or two, it's got to go.

Be Honest Without Yourself

Be honest with yourself before you hop on a new seasonal trend and really assess if it's something you can see yourself wearing. If you're buying it because you want to be someone who would wear it, don't.

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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.

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.
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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Clean Out Your Closet
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.
Discover Your Style 

It’s essential to feel confident and comfortable in the clothing you wear. Ditch the seasonal trends and style labels, discover your style and create unique looks you love.

An authentic and timeless wardrobe should reflect your personality and make you feel most like yourself. Ask yourself what your clothing conveys and what fabrics, colors, patterns and fits are you most comfortable wearing.

Save For Staple Items

Quality apparel has a higher price than fast fashion clothing because they use sustainable, lasting fabrics and pay workers fair benefits and wages. Despite the initial cost, over time, you might save money and time as you won’t have to replace clothes too often.

To lessen the financial impact you can shop secondhand (thrift stores also have quality clothing), start small, shop deals and save for the expensive items, such as a winter coat or high-end denim, months in advance.

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Going for quality

Cheaper clothes usually mean cheaper material and bad resistance. But quality doesn’t have to be expensive. You can find secondhand quality clothing items in special stores or online.
Just don't...

Knowing your fit

Spend time researching how different items are supposed to fit.
Because one of the reasons we jump into buying new stuff is that nothing from out closets seem to fit right.

Buy for reality

Don't buy clothes for a fantasy you. Because you may end up with a huge wardrobe with nothing to wear.
Take into account how you spend your daily life, how many similar items you already have and the time of the year (warm, cold) when making new purchases.

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“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
Hans Hofmann
Remove decorations

... that no longer inspire you. Just because something made you happy in the past doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever.

Your life has moved on—maybe it’s time for the decoration to do the same. Keeping just the items that mean the most to you will help them to shine.

Reject the convenience fallacy

There are certain places in our homes we tend to leave items out for convenience. By leaving these things out, we think we’re saving time and simplifying our lives. That’s the convenience fallacy. 

W might save a couple of seconds, but the other 99.9 percent of the time, those items just sit there creating a visual distraction. 

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Leonardo da Vinci

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Leonardo da Vinci
The 4 laws of simplicity

... you can use on any area of your life, and in fact on your life as a whole:

  • Collect everything in one place.
  • Choose the essential, the things most important to you.
  • Eliminate the rest. Don't get sentimental.
  • Organize the remaining stuff neatly and nicely.
Confucius
Confucius

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

Be Selective

Try to keep in your closet only pieces that you love and are truly excited to wear. Anything ill-fitting, scratchy, worn-out, barely "good enough, " or that simply doesn't suit your per...

Create Your Own Unique Look

Following rules and blueprints won’t help you cultivate a strong sense of style, because that’s deeply personal. Even if you like many of the same colors, materials, or cuts as someone else, how you combine, choose and style your looks is a reflection of your unique taste and the influences that you have picked up. 

High-Quality, Long-Lasting Pieces

Once you become more selective about what you keep in your closet, you'll attach a bigger value to each individual piece and will probably no longer be satisfied with cheap, badly manufactured stuff.

You'll want clothes that feel good on your skin, and comfortable, sturdy and durable.

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Step 4: Bring In The New

Focus on getting rid of the unnecessary and harmful, so you can make way for the new beliefs and ideas about yourself, not based on the past, but on the future you are creating.

If you...

Step 3: Feel That Old Pain

We tend to avoid thinking of painful things. But if you stay with the feeling, the feeling eventually dissipates.

Allow yourself to feel what's associated with past experiences to make the pain and the behaviors it causes go away, leaving only the memories.

Step 2: Identify The Feeling’s Source

The emotion you are feeling today is rooted in the past, in a story that repeats itself because the original feeling has never been dealt with.

The person you think is causing all this pain is just the catalyst for you to uncover your emotional triggers, so you can move past them in a balanced way. Adopting this mindset allows you to go from victim/perpetrator to empowered self-knowing creator.

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Spend Time Outdoors

Spending time outside of your apartment can lift your mood. 

If you are unable to get outside, add greenery to your space, for some plant therapy.

Volunteer

People who volunteer are likely to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness.

Help someone else out who really needs it.

Eat Healthier

Regularly eating foods that are filled with nutrients can help you feel more positive and energetic. You will feel better mentally too.

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“Life-Extending” Time

Proactively invest your time in your health by eating well, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and regularly seeing your doctors. 

Make sure you also invest in the other mark...

“Foundation-Building” Time

If you’re spending more time putting out fires than building the right foundations, you’ll never get out ahead of your to-do list.

Spend time building relationships, identifying opportunities, time for prevention and planning.

“Do-Nothing” Time

Investing in do-nothing time will help us slow down and experience a different pace of life, in which time’s value is not measured by its productivity.

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Stay Near Organized People

They’re really helpful resources.

Maybe your super organized co-worker will share the rules she sets up in her inbox. Or maybe try setting up a calendar with a neat co-worker that you ...

Everything You Own Has its Place

Every single item that you own should have a place, wether is a business card, a snack or an email.

This will reduce significantly the clutter of your life.

Turn it Into a Challenge

If you turn cleaning up into a game, you can make the process fun.

It may sound ridiculous, but this strategy really works, especially if you're a competitive person.

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