Can you believe how fast November passed?! My November held the tailwinds of the lows but also some significant highs in the form of not one but two long visits with loved ones from Canada! Exactly the rejuvenation I needed! All the while, I’ve been posting daily purge prompts on Instagram and Facebook so we all could go through our closets bit by bit with the ultimate goal of keeping the best and donating the rest.
My goal was to cull at least 30 pieces and it’s safe to say I blew that goal out of the water!!
I know that sounds like a lot but hopefully it just helps y’all to understand that my closet is a very dynamic place. There is a lot of comings and goings; the comings are within my means, which is important to note because I don’t think anyone should go broke shopping for clothes, and the goings are always re-something – repaired (by someone else), reused, repurposed or recycled if the piece is as worn out as that poor poor swimsuit I shared on Day 20:
The Closet Minimalism Game helped me to deconstruct my wardrobe. The purge prompts were hard for me too! I had to come face to face with why I was keeping some pieces and then make a decision. Since I have a big closet, I can accommodate a big wardrobe and that is both a blessing a curse. One of the things I did as a result of the Closet Minimalism Game is reorganize part of my closet.
This is how I organized my closet in Canada and I was stuck on it. Throughout the month, I came to realize that this system is no longer serving me and my different circumstances. Light tops are now the heartbeat of my closet!! If I’m not wearing a dress, I usually rely on my “summer” tops as the starting point for my outfits and I hardly ever need long sleeves or a finishing layer. Things had to change.
Believe it or not, this small change has made a big difference! Exactly the rejuvenation I needed! I have a better sense of what I have and what I might keep an eye out for while thrifting! Sometimes you need to break things down before you can build them up again, better than ever. (And all the therapists said AMEN.)
A while back, someone suggested I post about building a wardrobe and I guess what I want to say is that your wardrobe may always be under construction, and that is a-okay. My needs shifted with my move to Texas and change in job (I learned tonight at Canadian Book Club that another term for SAHM, Home Economists, Trophy Wives and the like is “Manager of Family and Consumer Sciences” haha) and I immediately started to fill in those holes in my wardrobe by thrifting summer tops, shorts and casual pieces and giving myself permission to put my pants and blazers on hold indefinitely. If you are not in a season of transition, you may not have as many holes but that doesn’t mean you’re done building.
We all need basics or core pieces (think denim, black tee, chambray shirt, etc.)
AND we need interesting or statement pieces (think fun prints, embellished shoes, trendy items, etc.)
AND we need functional pieces (think workout gear, pajamas, swimwear, etc.).
And, many of us need novelty. Nothing wrong with that, Sister.
I get why some people prefer a standard uniform or wear black all the time; there is merit to saving your mental energy and time for more productive things rather than making new decisions every day about what to wear. However, many of us enjoy the creativity involved in the everyday activity of getting dressed. Furthermore, deconstructing or purging your closet allows you to practice giving to others through donations or swaps, and makes room for new blood and vitality in your closet which then allows you to go out into the world and support local thrift and other local businesses. If you always wear the same outfit or never change your earrings, you miss an opportunity to contribute to the economy of your community. I am NOT saying, go buy fast fashion or give into the consumerist mindset of always wanting more. I am saying, once a year, take time to purge your closet and then rebuild it thoughtfully over time. Not only will you support your community, you’ll meet people and build relationships, you’ll have something to do even if you’re a Manager of Family and Consumer Sciences or if you’re retired or tempted to let inertia have its way. The Closet Minimalism Game is NOT frivolous business.
Did you play along? How many pieces did you purge? Did you experience revitalization like I did?!! I would love to hear about your experience with the Closet Minimalism Game and generally, how you build your wardrobe! Let me know in the comments, then go out and do things and see things. 🙂