When I go through my closet, there are a few things that I notice have changed significantly over the past two years: my wardrobe has gotten really simple. From classic coats, denim pieces, down to a cream button-up blouse, it’s apparent that I’ve become a sort-of minimalist not only in style but with my de-cluttered closet.
Now I don’t think people should dress like a minimalist and I don’t want to see Aminta wearing Alexander Wang and Acne from head to toe. I’ve just noticed a maturity in clothing choices with myself and many Chictopians: a lot of us have moved away from the trendy and cheap Forever 21-like clothes (that only survive 1-2 washes), and now we’re feeling the more us and higher quality pieces that’ll last longer than three months. How? We’ve trimmed the fat. Basically, we’ve minimalized our closets.
Think of it this way: the less crappy/trendy pieces you hold onto and have cluttering your closet, the more space you have for letting your style grow and yourself shine. So out with the crap and in with the fabulous YOU. Here are minimalist tips to get your closet de-cluttered and fully you:
1. Donate clothes that don’t make you feel excited or good. Why wear anything that doesn’t get your fashion juices pumped?
2. Hoarders— throw out anything that is in bad shape (torn, stained, etc.) or that isn’t doing you any favors (ill-fitted or unflattering).
3. Sure that vintage dress might seem super cool, but why haven’t you worn it lately? Get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in the last 6-12 months.
4. If you’re holding onto something for sentimental reasons (we all have that dress), think to yourself, “Do I really need to keep this? Or am I just attached?” — you should donate it to someone who’ll get better use out of it.
5. Do you have too many versions of the same thing? Keep just a couple pieces and get rid of the others that you wear less.
Go through all these questions until you feel like you’ve really de-cluttered your closet. If you decide to donate, you can go to a Crossroads Trading Co. or Goodwill in your city.