As I practice living with less, I am gradually discovering a positive change in my life. Simplifying little areas in your home can lead to simplifying larger areas of your life. I am hardly qualified to preach yet, but my baby steps are leading me to a better place. That much I can certainly vouch for.
When I kicked off my journey towards minimalism, one of the first things that caught my attention was my wardrobe. That has always been my primary obsession. No points for guessing that I am a chronic shopper. But I came to the realization that my wardrobe couldn’t contain my chronicity anymore. I’m not quite Rebecca Bloomwood from ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’, but that’s hardly any consolation. Funnily enough, consolation was my mild to medium OCD that came in handy while arranging my piles of tops, pants, dresses, etc., so at least my wardrobe was never messy. But there’s only so much that space can hold. No amount of spring cleaning and giving away stuff seemed enough. And despite having so much, the ‘I have nothing to wear’ syndrome hounded me all the time.
Just as I was contemplating how to fix this predicament, I happened to stumble upon the http://theproject333.com. As the site states: Project333 is a minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. You donate, box or trash your other clothes. As the 3 months draw to an end, you can pick the next 33 items and so on. The challenge of stripping down my wardrobe to only 33 items appealed to me. But of course, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy! I have to sheepishly admit that despite my best efforts, I still haven’t managed to bring down the total count to 33, but I’m getting there. My wardrobe is now so much simpler and easier to navigate!
The point, however, is minimalism. The idea of creating a capsule wardrobe and making it work, is not so much about the wardrobe. It is more about simplifying your life and being content. It’s a step towards decluttering the mind. And it works! I don’t stand in front of the wardrobe anymore, clueless about what to wear. When there is less to choose from, it’s easier to pick. The same thing goes for everything in life. Less is definitely more.