Holy macaroni! It has been quite some time since I have written a post. I’ll get right into the nitty gritty.
I have been really intruiged lately by the idea of minimalism. Maybe not in the truest sense of the word; I don’t want to get rid of all of my things, but in the general sense. I want to decrease the things I own so that I can focus more on life. I don’t want to go shopping for fun (it’s honestly just never fun for me). I feel like for far too long, I have been dazed and confused when I go to the store. I haven’t considered whether purchasing an item will actually benefit me. A lot of this has to do with the environment I grew up in. There was not a lot of frugality around my house. This translated to me purchasing things for the most part, very haphazardly. By eliminating everything that doesn’t serve a real purpose in my life, I can finally begin this journey of focusing on things that matter, which in general, aren’t “things” at all.
How am I doing this?
Minimalism is something that really stood out to me after watching a short YouTube video featuring a girl who was trying it for a week. The general idea really stuck with me, so I decided to watch the documentary “Minimalism” on Netflix. This really opened up the flood gates and now I am in what seems to be an endless state of research.
What is my first area of focus?
The first step is my closet. My ultimate goal is to build a capsule wardrobe (fewer, better quality things based on season), though we will see how long it will take for me to get there. I recently started the elimination process. I focused on clothing that was either too worn out, not worn by me enough, or not at all. It is pretty alarming when you realize how much clothing you have to get rid of. I made a list just so that people understand exactly how much I had that I really didn’t need.
Day 1 Purge:
12 pairs of shoes
20 pairs of pants/shorts
Day 2 Purge:
66 shirts (short sleeve, long sleeve, tank tops)
3 pairs of workout pants
2 pairs of sweatpants
2 pairs pj pants
I still have a lot more to accomplish. I have been in a small lull since these 2 days of trying to decide how to move forward and organize myself.
Another goal is to completely eliminate fast fashion from my life. Purchasing items that will stand the test of time and last years is going to be very important to me. Another really important task is to focus on purchasing things either second hand or from ethical/sustainable clothing companies. Far too frequently we are focused on the low price of an item when in reality, you get what you pay for. Cheap clothing wears out sooner and you end up having to replace sooner. Not only that, supply chains for the most part are not kept in check, and we should really have a better understanding of the entire process from inception of raw material to completion of the clothing item. We want this with food, why not with clothes? I also want to make sure that the clothes I am wearing were made by people paid a living wage.
Just some food for thought, but this is just the start of my journey! I just wanted to share with all of you.