“I’m going all Pinterest on yo’ butt today,” said the cult of white women bullet journaling their way to productivity.
Okay, not quite, but I’ve decided that I seriously need to minimize my wardrobe. Most people break bread and find communion through eating, wait for my Self-Help series on why food should be the non-negotiable on your dating list, but my Mom and I always found it through shopping. This has resulted in an industrialized wardrobe. If I was a fashion consultant, or an editor for Vogue, this probably wouldn’t come as a problem, but I’m just a small-town girl with an overcrowded closet. My husband needs closet space, ya’ll. I also really want to focus on buying sustainable clothing. I taught this Huff Post article recently, “The Myth of the Ethical Shopper,” and I want to focus on two small things in our life to start bettering the earth, among composting:
- Ridding ourselves of plastic and paper bags in stores (aka bring out own bag).
- Buy clothes that are sustainable, and created ethically, and hopefully locally.
- Maybe once we conquer these two, we can work on bringing our own straws and cups to restaurants.
In order to do this, I need to better understand what clothes I really need and which can be let go. I’ve read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, afterwards I binged my entire closet. It was a double wall closet, so gutting it gathered fourteen trash bags of clothes. I don’t remember any of them specifically, so what did I really value in each t-shirt, each left sandal?
This new mission starts with something small and simple. My friend Christine recently wrote in her blog, Better Than Never, about changing small things to lead to big successes. She uses this epic habit tracker that I downloaded thanks to her, you can read more about it on her blog. My small change is to style a 10×10 wardrobe for my ten-day trip to Europe, in a week. I learned about the 10 x 10 challenge from two blogs: Un-Fancy by Caroline and Style Bee by Lee. I’ve endlessly scrolled through the tags on Instagram, and explored Pinterest’s endless attics to find inspiration. I think I’m ready to follow the crowd, and with that, learn how to minimize my closet to pieces that I can literally track their journey and creation.
Here’s what I’ve chosen for this jump start: