For the last few years my closet has been pretty trim and over time I’ve come to realize that there are certain ways I approach maintaining it to keep it minimal. Today I thought it would be helpful to share a few of the ways I keep my closet minimal with you.
1. Invest in quality, timeless clothing that fits well.
To start, investing in timeless clothing that is high quality is a good way to add longevity to your closet. Stay away from retailers that create clothing by cutting corners, whether it’s with synthetic low-quality fabrics, or not finishing the garment to completion. I’ve come across so many items of clothing that are unlined or have tattering or twisted seams and just move on.
2. Not only quality, but quality over quantity.
On top of investing in quality clothing, the quantity matters. Unless you’re going to only wear white t-shirts all week, how many do you really need? I constantly ask myself when I am ready to make a purchase if I already have a similar item that serves the same function and style. If the answer is yes, I simply don’t purchase the item.
3. Ignore catalogs and browsing.
I’ve unsubscribed from the majority of e-mails and paper catalogs as I can. Even though it’s part of my job, I really try not to look at clothing when I don’t have something I need in mind. It can be so overwhelming to constantly have new products and fast fashion in your face, so in order to not give in to outside pressures, I avoid them.
4. The idea that newer is better.
Along with newer items being pushed into our face, the idea that newer is better is in the same mindset. It’s so tempting to buy something just because it’s shiny and new, but the exciting moment of purchasing something new will only be temporary. Buy items that will stand the test of time and that can evolve over multiple seasons.
5. Proper clothing care is essential.
I’ve covered proper clothing care a few times on my blog because it’s essential to maintaining a smaller wardrobe. When you have fewer items, each item receives more wear and love from you. Don’t forget to love it in a sense that you are gentle with washing and follow proper instructions. Storing it in the right way helps too. I never hang my sweaters because I don’t want the fit to become altered.
So in a sense, simply loving your clothes more will help contribute to their proper care, fit, and frequency of wear. The relationship you have with your closet should be intimate, and comparable to a relationship you have with a spouse. If you only keep the clothing around that you love, and not be tempted to stray to something that may only be a temporary fling, you will essentially take better care of it as well.
What are some of your favorite tips for keeping your closet minimal?