• hanging-clothes

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  • the case for less.

    05.02.2011 / myKind

    Because I still haven’t unpacked all of our boxes after our crazy month of April, I’ve been living on a few pairs of pants and the above tops for the last three weeks. And you know what? It feels fantastic. I’ve got the basic separates: plaid, stripes and solids — what more do I need?

    The truth? Very little. I’ve been accessorizing the same outfits in different ways and am surprised to see that I really don’t miss those extra boxes of clothes. As someone who rarely likes to wear the same outfit more than once (this is a terrible habit, I know), I thought it would be much harder to live with just ten items of clothes. But to be honest, it’s freeing.

    No more starting at a stuffed closet with “nothing to wear.” No more piles and piles of obscure laundry waiting to be washed. No more pings of guilt when I open my closet door to see items I haven’t donned in months.

    Living with less feels really good right now. I don’t know how long it will last, but I want it to stick for as long as it can. I’m considering this my challenge: to keep my extra clothes in those boxes as long as I can. I’ll keep you posted.

    • hallelujah. i remember seeing this photo on instagram and making a mental note to check out the follow-up post. only now did i finally see this! (how many bonus points do i get for remembering for two months??)

      i am currently going through a giant closet purge and i can testify to the amazing feeling of living more minimally. we have so much stuff we’re getting rid of that i can’t even do it in one fell swoop — i’m taking two big bags to work with me every morning to take to the charity thrift shop and i’m hoping i only have 4 or five trips left. eep!

      anyway, i just wanted to say thank you for the inspiration. once all the clothes and shoes and insanity is donated away, i think it will be about time for a celebration! how is your closet minimalism coming along these days?? <3

    • oh jill, i feel you! to be honest, the closet cleanout is looking good. im still repurposing a lot of my old duds and mixing/matching as best i can. im really loving how empty my closet feels! :)

    • Yay, that’s great to hear! I think it’s kind of challenging to part with the material in life, especially for those who value good design and are blessed (cursed?) with a whimsical, ever-changing aesthetic. But it just feels awesome to come home to a simple, minimal house!

      Do you have any good recs about blogs or writers who subscribe to the less-is-more mentality? I’d love to hear who inspires you vis-a-vis organization and achieving a slightly more minimal lifestyle, haha. (Someday I want to be reincarnated as Benita over at Chez Larsson, but I am so not Swedish or cool enough.)

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