Thank you for all of your comments and the great discussion on the last post! The more we talk about it, the more the subject of personal style fascinates me. Today let’s switch gears slightly and discuss closet organization since we have to do something with those clothes once we’ve nailed down our style, right? As I mentioned before, I won’t be getting to my closet for another week or so but I have a plan figured out.
The obvious first step to organizing anything is to get rid of any extraneous things. For years, I have purged my closet at least once a year but it’s still out of control. So I clearly need to do more and yet something always holds me back. I know I’m not alone and some common obstacles to a really big purge seem to be the sentimental value of certain objects, the I may need that someday way of thinking and guilt over the money spent. I’ve gone through all of these and that last one in particular. But I’ve reached the point where I’ve had enough and am ready to let all of that go. (Yes!) And what I need now is some sort of push to help me along.
The Minimalism Game
This is where the 30-Day Minimalism Game comes in. Have you heard of it? It’s kind of crazy and kind of brilliant. It was started by the guys at the Minimalists and the way it works is you get rid of one item on the first day of a month. On the second day, you get rid of two items. On the third, three items and so on and so on for 30 days. That ends up being 465 items if you make it through the 30 days! Technically you play with another person and whoever lasts longer, wins. Most people do this for their entire house but I decided I’m going to try to apply it to my closet (which tells you how bad it is)!
As I’ve said on numerous occasions, I’m under no delusion that I could ever be a minimalist. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t borrow minimalist ideas to help me simplify as much as I can. And I think my closet is begging for something drastic like this. I’m a little trepidatious but also really excited to give it a try.
Have any of you played the game? I’ve heard from several people that it changed their lives. Does anyone want to play with me? 😉 If you do, leave me a comment and we’ll figure out the best way to check in with each other. Maybe we can do it via Twitter or Snapchat or something? I’m open to ideas!
Organizing by Categories
Something that is going to help me with this big purge is that I’ve also started to reorganize my closet slightly by dividing it into different categories instead of by article of clothing. My schedule looks different from day to day so I sat down and made a list all of my activities and what I wear for them. Then I grouped the items together by these categories (casual, out and about, formal, etc.).
Categorizing all of my clothes this way is helping me to see very clearly which areas need the most purging and which do not need any more additions ever again (hello, five thousand pairs of colored denim)! So this is going to go a long way when I start the Minimalism Game.
It is also just making much more sense already. On any given day, instead of looking at all of my clothes, I can just go to the section of my closet that holds the category of clothes I need for that day and choose an outfit from there. I’m sure there are people who have been doing this for years but it’s a real revelation for me!
So that’s my plan of attack for the closet come October! I have high hopes of a beautiful, streamlined wardrobe that will make getting dressed less stressful and actually enjoyable. Again, let me know if anyone is up for playing the Minimalism Game with your closet or your house!
I’ll be back on Wednesday to give you my thoughts on capsule wardrobes. Hope to see you then!
(Photos: the Coveteur)