Often when thinking of minimalism or the minimalist lifestyle, it can have the impression that it is stale, boring, and definitely depriving. To be honest when I first came across this lifestyle myself, I was determined to believe it was possible to have artistry, beauty, and fun with it. By living a minimalist lifestyle my life has become filled with only beauty and everything that I love. It honestly can be extremely overwhelming getting rid of all the clutter to only leave what is beautiful left, but it is more rewarding than I could have ever imagined! The 33 Days Declutter Project definitely helped with that!
Since beginning my minimalist journey in 2010, I have learned so much about myself, my personal style, design aesthetics, and life dreams. I am no longer swayed by the media to be a mindless consumer, yet I don’t deny myself things that I adore, and I still enjoy shopping. I just shop with a different mindset than I have ever had in the past.
I buy the things that I actually need and truly love by sticking to a list and avoid impulse buys like crazy. When it comes to shopping for clothing, creating a capsule wardrobe each season has forced me to look at clothing in a new way. I no longer just go shopping and see what I luck up on. Instead I make the time to look at what I already have, what needs updating, and think about how I want to dress for the season. I plan out my wardrobe with a certain number of items, and make sure I have the items necessary to create a great wardrobe for the season.
(The photo above includes the items remaining in my F/W & S/S capsule wardrobe after another decluttering session. My formal attire is in a garment bag to the left although not seen. The dress in the first picture is a new piece in this season’s capsule. )
I think of my capsule wardrobe as a fashion designer’s seasonal collection.
Some capsule wardrobes are definitely more successful than others, yet this is the learning curve. For example I learned this past season that I prefer cotton and other knits over silk. I tried a few silk pieces during past seasons and I finally know that it just isn’t me.
By having a smaller wardrobe, I have eliminated the 80% of clothing that is usually unworn in most women’s closets including mine in the past. I have also eliminated frumpy clothing that I wouldn’t want to be caught in by anyone, leaving only comfortable yet still stylish pieces behind. It is extremely liberating to love the clothing in your closet. I also change the items in my capsule wardrobe as needed twice a year without limitations.
Shopping consignment allows the price tag to not affect my decisions on what I keep or get rid of. It is solely about loving my wardrobe.
I used to also spend a lot of time and money in home decor stores. I was always looking to recreate my apartment somehow. Minimalism has me more focused on keeping my home decluttered than decorating it further. I have found minimal decor to be more peaceful although I still love unique pieces. I do my best to have a home that is warm and inviting, yet also a breeze to clean up before company arrives, and always peaceful to come home to. You can see a complete tour of our modern apartment here.
Minimalist decor does not have to be stark white with nothing in it unless that is the aesthetic you love.
What I appreciate about living the minimalist lifestyle so much is that I have found my chic and glamorous balance as it suits me best aside from what the media tells me it should be like. My personal style will no longer revolve around anything that is not me, and my home will remain streamlined but not stale. Minimalism is a chic way of life if that is what you desire.
There is actually no deprivation at all living with less, only an abundance of everything that you LOVE!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)