The whole "living simply" slogan can be found everywhere lately. Just Google that phrase and you will find a plethora of books, blogs, and articles with all sorts of tips and tricks promising a perfect transition to simplicity.
This is not one of those posts!
The following will be more of a series of educated guesses (by me) on why simplicity is better than excess. I've verbalised my thoughts on excess before; and while there is a sort of satisfaction we've developed by acquiring "stuff," I think there is a bigger satisfaction to be found in being practical.
Let's start with clothing. There are countless opportunities presented to us everyday to build our wardrobes -- new trends, new stores, cheap brands. None of this quantity is quality. I am as guilty as anyone else. I have given into impulse. I have bought items I have never worn and I have trouble rationalising getting rid of a perfectly good sweater, even though I've only worn it one time... in winter 2015. These items are very easy to purchase but nearly impossible to let go of. So, we buy more and the wardrobe grows. For those of you who can never seem to conquer your laundry pile (I'm totally guilty), this is a major problem! The more clothes we have the more the laundry pile grows. When it finally comes time to give in and do that washing, the task seems endless!
If a wardrobe is downsized you have less to wear (yes, shock horror!) but you also have less to wash. So when in comes to laundry day, that task becomes a little less daunting...better yet, it simplifies! You see where I'm going with this right?
I still have plenty of downsizing to do and it's a learning experience; but learning to tackle one area at a time makes things much easier. I plan on writing about other things too, like general clutter and organising those sentimental items. Hopefully, if you're reading this, we can take this decluttering/simplifying journey together. Please feel free to add your insights and experiences in the comments below. I would love to read them!
Some good links that may help you feel a little better about your wardrobe transition:
- Caroline's Capsule Experiment
- These books by Marie Kondo
- Eco Age
- Erin's Growing a Minimalist Wardrobe
- The True Cost