A Brief Look at My Briefs
Without a doubt, minimizing clothes is one of the most worthwhile yet tedious steps to becoming a minimalist. Here’s the quick and dirty on getting your closet CLEANED!
Step 1 Theme: Sure, follow Marie Kondo’s advice and get all of your clothes in one big pile
Once you’ve had the workout of running to and fro in an attempt to locate all of your frocks, smocks, and socks (don’t forget coats, wedding dresses, and unmarried socks) you can commence with the culling.
Step 2 Theme: Forget about “sparking joy” and think “what do I actually wear?”
Get a “rag pile,” “donate pile,” and “keep pile” ready. The first part of the items to go into the keep pile will best be accomplished by looking at what you recently washed and folded (which is now on your bed in a big, unorganized pile…sorry). Those items will probably stay but go through them anyways and consider whether or not you’d buy the item again if given the choice.
Go through the remaining garments one by one, considering what you’ve worn in the last six months.
Step 3 Theme: Finding a home for the keepers and make sure all pieces are highly visible
This is how full my closet is with all of my hangable clothes. I have far less in my drawers (pictured later in this post). In my closet, my socks are in one big bin above my garments. My underwear and bras are in another bin. In the smaller bin to the left are my unmentionables, swimming suit, and tights.
In my dresser, I have a drawer for workout clothes, one for tanks and leggings together, one for a couple bulky hoodies, one for summer shorts (currently sharing space with my library books), and one for T-shirts. In the top drawer I put my charger, a pen, some matches for a candle, and headphones.
Step 4 Theme: Numbers aren’t important but your time and health are
This is not about having 30, 50, or 100 things. As you are moving through your pile of underclothes, think “How many socks, bras, and underwear do I need before I do laundry again?” Toss the rest. Seriously. Don’t get too attached to something you should be replacing every 6-12 months (according to Good Housekeeping).
Once you have moved through the pile and have a decent-sized “keep pile” left. Start looking at what clothes work together to form an outfit. Keep those clothes in the same location (either the closet or the dresser).
Step 5 Theme: Give yourself time to adjust
For those items you just couldn’t let go of, here’s a plan: anytime you wear an outfit and put it back into the closet, switch the hanger around. After three months of this, you’ll have an idea of what you actually use vs. what you meant to use and didn’t.
Also, don’t go flinging those donate items away right away (unless you absolutely must). Put them away in a box (or boxes) and keep it at the far end of your house in a place you don’t frequent. If you really really want an item in the next month, it’s there for the taking.