One of the markers that many minimalists use to measure their progress is the size of their wardrobe. In most cases, this is a good place to start your path towards minimalism. Your clothes are one of your few truly personal items, especially if you live with family or roommates where much of the common area stuff becomes shared possessions.
Lindsay Miles of Treading My Own Path shares her quest to downsize her wardrobe. A Minimalist Wardrobe: The Ideal… and the Reality
Lindsay has an image in her head of a sparsely populate closet, housing just the clothing that fits perfectly and looks great. She shares that reality does not match the image in her head. She tried a couple different techniques that put a dent in her closet clutter.
- Figure out what you actually wear. To do this Lindsay tied a scarf to one hanger and used that as a divider. Unworn items would reside on one side and worn items on the other. Every time she wore an item, she would move it to the other side of the scarf.
- Does it spark joy? Lindsay used the Marie Kondo technique of asking does it spark joy. She used this question to further pair down the number of items in her closet, keeping in mind that things that don’t fit don’t spark joy.