A demanding job, piling bills, and not enough time for self-care may be the culprits for the increased stress levels you experience. While these, among other common factors, could be easily recognized and addressed, there are some subtler enemies to peaceful living that often remain untreated.
Clutter is undoubtedly a key reason behind unnecessary stress. Growing up in a society of mass consumers where lots of value is placed on worldly possessions could be daunting not only for your wallet and self-esteem but also for your anxiety and stress.
Replacing your perfectly functioning mobile device for a newer one, so you can keep up with the Jones should not be the norm. Placing more value on your furniture than on your personal growth is counter-productive to your well-being. Owning various garment pieces for each day of the month is unnecessary, too.
Look around you! How many items do you see in your home that you can quickly dispose of and eventually not notice any difference in your quality of life?
Now, move onto your closet and repeat the exercise. Congratulations! You are one step closer to becoming a minimalist.
Why switch to a capsule wardrobe?
The main reason should stem from your increased desire to focus on matters important to you.
When you reduce the time, energy, and finances you spend on garments, you will discover where your true passions lie.
You will not have to worry about matching bits and pieces anymore, as your carefully curated outfits will naturally go well together. You will not spend your energy on dressing to impress. Instead, your confidence will shine through your words, skills, and body language.
Freeing up some time from superficial decision-making could tremendously improve your rational thinking and enhance your use of fair judgment.
Which clothing pieces leave the closet first?
The point of this whole exercise is to aid you in reducing your stress levels. Prioritize this mantra when choosing what flies out of your closet and what stays for the long haul.
Keep your all-time favorite pieces in at first. Evaluate how often you factually wear them and analyze your attachment to them. Do not make any rash choices. Patience and logic should be accompanying you at this stage.
All the rest of the garments that do not fit you, have not been touched for a while, are overdue a repair, or come with an excuse for not wearing them need to go. Do not throw them in the garbage bin. This will inevitably stress you out!
Donate your excess clothes to a local shelter or an NGO with a cause you support. Gratitude and compassion are elixirs for the soul.
Top 5 beginner-friendly minimalist wardrobe tips.
Every new beginning comes with a unique set of challenges. To enjoy your capsule closet journey right from the start, try these 5 tried and true tips:
1. Stick with your fav colors.
Instead of following seasonal colors, recent trends, and hair tone matches, select the clothes in your favorite shades. Do not worry about patterns that you do not adore either. Your closet will not be boring without them. It will instead represent your fabulous honest self.
2. Drop the accessories for a while.
Choosing the perfect scarf, bag, necklace, bandana, ring, hat, or belt is not only time-consuming but adds another layer of stress on top of your busy closet decisions. Keep one staple piece if you really feel the need for it. Otherwise, forget about the accents for a while.
3. All garments stay in one place.
By keeping all your clothing pieces in one place, you can get a more accurate idea of how much stuff you own. This will enable you to expose the garment buried in the bottom drawer. Spruce them up and embrace them or donate them to a good cause.
4. Only keep the items that fit your current size.
Lots of guilt and shame emanates from your once perfectly fitting dresses and jeans. Instead of continually stressing yourself about the long-lost hope, find the size that fits you now, and embrace it.
5. All you need are 5 outfits you love.
Do you consider yourself mindful of your styling preferences? A negative headshake places you among the millions of people who wear 20 % of their clothes 80 % of the time.
Though it is not a magical number of sorts, selecting your five favorite outfits will help you reduce the clutter faster.