I started writing the 3rd post a few days ago, but I’ve been getting so many wonderful messages from those who read my 2 previous posts, I decided to switch gears & sum up a few highlights. It was a nice surprise to learn how many others are thinking of taking a break from purchasing new items for their closet, focusing on the future & downsizing their closets.
My hubby & I needed to take a good, hard look at how we are living our lives & ask, “what is important us?” We didn’t want “to be held captive by money” as we have most of our lives. We want to spend less throughout the year & do more with less. By getting rid of the excess material stuff surrounding us we can move forward & live a richer, fuller life. Through a ton of tough conversations, we realized all the material stuff wasn’t satisfying our emotional health/well-being.
Personally, I’ve been having increasing incredible guilt when I purchase an item (that I don’t need) knowing a child or someone elderly is going without a meal or an animal is suffering. I just don’t want to live life selfishly. Think about it? For every dollar I don’t spend on clothing, shoes or accessories, how much would I be able to donate to someone in need? That would be another wonderful angle to share over the next 3 months. Tally every item that I would like to purchase, take the grand total of those items for 3 months & just give that money away!!!! How empowering!!! Giving more time, effort & money to my community & charities takes the focus off my problems. I will have greater awareness of others who struggle & have so little to survive from day to day. My husband & I also have a financial responsibility to our family & if we are reckless with our money, how would we be able to help them when needed? Being there means more to me than a new sweater.
I have WAYYYYY more in my closet than what is necessary & there is absolutely nothing I need… seriously, do I really need 4 pairs (actually 5 pairs of black boots)?!?! Instead of always looking for the next best purchase, I need to take the time to enjoy what I already have. Shelly of The Queen in Between also made a great point that downsizing your closet gives the opportunity to learn to use what is left to your advantage & reduce the amount of time it takes to choose outfits every day.
Yes, there is this fear if you get rid of something that you might need in the future. But how many of you dig deep in one of your drawers & say, “Oh, I totally forgot still have that!” Here is a new rule of thumb: If you haven’t worn it this season, it is highly unlikely you will wear it next season (one year from now).
Now a few takes of my look!
Happy to showcase a 3rd look with my H&M slip dress. This is plaid button-down wasn’t getting much mileage. Once I started holding it up next to skirts, pants & various jackets, I was so surprised how many looks I can create with this!
My cross body bag is from Leaf Boutique. The vibrant magenta color & the size is just perfect!
Simply design, adjustable strap, so you can be hands-free!
All I can say is I love everything about these Zara boots! The color, heel height & how comfy they are! So funky, aren’t they?
There are so many benefits to this journey. Saving for our future is so important, doing more with less is a priority & the intangible things in life will have a greater importance in life than the material stuff. It will be fulfilling, freeing & I will learn so much. Three months may be a challenge, but it’s very doable. It will be fun discovering how many looks I can create with one item…. stretch the closet, shop the closet & be creative in the closet!
Do you think you are ready to downsize, reuse & live more with less? Love to hear from you!