The Minimalist Guide
Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was actually very productive and at the same time very relaxing. I took a small break from IG, you probably wouldn’t notice but to me it was a break. I wasn’t on my phone much and just hung out with my loved ones, actually went out and explored nightlife in Los Angeles, something I haven’t done in a very long time! Nonetheless, it was really fun to change things up once in a while!
Speaking of changing things up, I have been trying to donate my clothes & other items and will be selling clothing online as well! So keep an eye out if you are interested in my style! Most of my outfits are pretty much brand new. I have only worn them once or twice for shoots and outings. I have a different set of wardrobe that I wear to work and it’s been a constant rotation with them. I have a Poshmark account but I’m not very active with it; however, I discovered a new website that might work better for me! It is called thredUP. Anyone heard of it? Apparently they send you a bag and you can stuff whatever items you want to sell and they will sell it for you! It definitely beats the hassle of selling it yourself. Of course, there’s always a commission for them but I am okay with that because I am so busy, I don’t have enough time to actually sell the items myself! I’ll keep you posted about my account once I start it. What’s better than making some extra cash while cleaning out your closet!
I came to realize that I have too many clothes and too many things that I don’t necessarily use and all they do is sit there collecting dust. Do you guys feel that way about your stuff? I noticed I only wear certain items in my closet and they are usually my favorite clothing items, the rest of them are just there taking up space! I am sure someone will take care of them and wear them out rather than me letting it sit inside for months. I also find that it feels good to clean your closet up at least once a year! Something about getting rid of things you don’t need feels good. It is like getting rid of your bad habits or your exes! Haha! I also feel lighter knowing I have fewer belongings. Being a minimalist is actually hard for me, my roommate calls me a hoarder because I just have way too many things that I don’t use. I love having extra stuff just in case I run out; I wouldn’t have to go to the store to get it. My apartment can easily become a bomb shelter. Seriously guys, it is like I have my own department store in my apartment and it is a problem!
Have you guys seen the movie Leap Year? For those who love chick flicks and romantic comedy, this is your movie to watch. Anyway, the reason I ask is because there is one part of the movie that I really love the most. It is about a woman who traveled across country on leap year to propose to her boyfriend and in the midst of all of that, she ran into a guy that asked her “if your house was burning, and you had 60 seconds, what would you grab?” I wouldn’t spoil the movie for you guys, but I will definitely talk in more details about the moral of this movie on my next post. But for now, I thought about that question myself and realized that I am so attached to my things that if I had 60 seconds before my apt burned down, I honestly wouldn’t know where to began because I have way too many things! So with that being said, I need to slowly work on becoming a minimalist. It will be very tough to do so, but the first step is to walk into my closet and take those items that I no longer wear off of its hanger and put it in a box to donate or sell. My first three boxes full of clothing were donated last weekend. I will have plenty more to clean out, but I must say, it feels amazing to let go of unneeded things. For those who are willing to do the same I have listed some ideas as to how you can start removing clutter from your house down to the things you only need.
Let’s start with your closet! So for those who just want to make it a fast process, I have a great solution for you.
- Dedicate a day or at least 2-5 hours of your day to this. Clear your schedule and make sure you have no distractions.
- Have a great playlist to keep you company while you are decluttering this mess!
- Take all your clothing in the closet, and dump them onto your bed! (yup you heard me, dump them all on your bed!) Add your shoes, accessories, etc. (those who are neat freaks like me, you’ll have no choice but to clean it before bedtime, or else you’d be in sleeping in bed with all your stuff! Good luck.
- Start by going through your items and put them into piles, the love pile (the items that you absolutely adore and wear all the time), the lust pile (the items that you want to keep but not sure why), the donate pile (the items that no longer fits you) and lastly the trash pile (the items that are way too old and/or in poor condition).
- Now, this is the hard part but the best part, don’t think about it, and go with your first thought and start putting these items into the pile.
Trust me, you are doing a great thing, almost there! Once you are done, take a break, I am sure you are tired, but if not, keep going!
Go to your lust pile; try those items on and again first thought with how you feel about them. Ask yourself, if you will wear these items in the next few weeks? Few months? If the answer is no, throw it into the donate or trash pile! Don’t look back.
Once that is done, you can finally put all your clothing back in your closet! Lastly, one last step that will help you maintain your closet throughout the year.
Keep all your hangers turned inside in one direction, turn them around once you wear it and leave it that way, at the end of the month, take another look at your closet and take the items that remained turned inside out. Start dividing them into piles again! If you keep doing this, trust me, you will become a minimalist soon enough.
I cannot wait to have an organized closet with things I actually use! Tell me below what you do to declutter your closet/household? Maybe I can learn a thing or two.
Till next time,
Ahhh I really need to clean my closet! I think its a great time to do it and donate it during the holidays for those who can’t afford it.
Thanks for the reminder! The photos you shared are dreamy!!!
I remember when I first tried to clear out my closet I thought I’d be done in an hour. UMMMM SOOOO WROOOONNNGGG!!! It definitely takes a couple of hours and you are so right, a playlist is needed. I love all your tips and your photos. I’ll keep this all in mind when I clean and organize my closet again!!
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This post is awesome sweetie. I love all the pictures and great tips. I need to clean my closet this weekend!
this is such a great post babe! I recently decluttered my closet and it was such a relief. It took forever but I really needed to do it! Thanks for all the amazing tips babe!!
Oh my, that closet girl! Such great tips and thredUP sounds fantastic! Gonna look into it and maybe give it a try. So sick and tired of trying to sell on Craigslist where everyone lowballs you.
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your advice is for people like me. I suck on organizing my closet. My mum even said I’m a slob. hahaha So thank you for that advice. I do not know tho if I can survive 5 hours, maybe if my walk in closet looks like your photos then I dont mind cleaning 24/7
Have a great tuesday
Gosh!! Your closet is every girl’s dream. I love it and great tips there.
Wow! What a beautiful closet – I wish I had one like that!! I might be more inspired to keep it tidy!
I am however definitely going to declutter and your tips are really great! I am adding one more though – I have asked a friend round to help me as not only will it be more fun but she will be more ruthless!!
I have never heard of thredUp but I am going to check out if we have it here!
Never heard about Thredup, just hard to trust to something new. Poshmark have been existing so long that makes me feel comfy that my customers gets happy! but will check it out
Beautiful shots! I wish I had a closet like those! And yesss I always believe in cleaning out the closet. I’m part hoarder too because I always convince myself that I’m going to wear or need something later but I never do. I’ve learned how to just let go and donate clothes to GoodWill! Great tips babe! Hope your journey to more minimalism works smoothly.
Wow I’m in love with your closet! I had opened my poshmark account back in 2013 and sold a lot of stuff till this year when i stopped because I spent a lot of time traveling and moving around. I’ve never used thredup but I’ve used threadflip for a while and they have the send them stuff in exchange for what they are willing to pay and it didn’t work for me. They didn’t take a lot of stuff (even highend designer) so poshmark worked a lot better for me. Anyways, I’d say try them all out and see what suits you the best!
So many great tips! I really need to do a winter cleaning of my closet too!
I love these closet inspos. I love organizing the closet by color. It looks so organized that way. I try to go through a purge every 2-3 months. Those are all good tips. 🙂
I really need to clean out my closet too! Been selling stuff on Poshmark and it feels so good to clear out some wardrobe space for new fall finds 🙂 Thanks for sharing! xo, sharon
These closets are all so dreamy! I use poshmark and think it works fairly well. Let me know how you like Thred up though!! xx
Wow these are all amazing closet goals!! Great read babe I actually just cleared out my closet yesterday to make it neater since it’s sooo hard to find clothes when it’s disorganized, clutter, and over-filling.
Wow beautiful closets inspo! Yeah I need to clean up my closets, too much clothes and I don’t even wear half of them anymore. Great tips to share!
Closets look absolutely beautiful! I definitely need to follow these tips for my own wardrobe. Its just finding the time!
Closet of my dreams!! That puts my tiny NY closet to shame
Wow – amazing closets! I live in L.A. too so a closet of that size is only in my dreams:-) I’m trying to pare down our overstuffed house a bit so this is a great starting point for me. Thanks!
Wow these are some amazing closets for sure! I definitely need to do some closet cleaning and it’s something I’ve been putting off. Also the garage is another nightmare that haunts me. Haha. But you’re right, I just need to set aside time and do it and I’ll feel so much better! Thanks Linh! xoxo, Christine
Wow! What a beautiful closet! It looks dreamy! Great tips! My closet is so small so I have to push everything in there, don’t have much room to do anything but hopefully one day 🙂
This is my dream closet!!! I want to come shop there!! I have problems getting rid of items. I sometimes go back to certain pieces after years!!!
I LOVES leap year!! It’s such a cute movie!!
Oh dear lord, that closet is pure heaven! I think it’s already so organized. Well, I’m a control freak too so I wouldn’t say mine isn’t, but it’s like half the size of yours… And I have WAY too much clothing so I really do need to do some serious cleaning out. Thanks for giving me instructions on how to actually MAKE me do it, that is to cover your bed with your stuff so you can’t sleep until you’ve organized everything, haha. 🙂
I’ve never heard of thredUP before, but it seems like a really great service for someone with a hectic schedule. I also have to get rid of a lot of my clothes since my wardrobe is way too full. Have a lovely week! <3
So many great tips! I’ve really been working to empty my closet lately, but I’ve had zero success selling my clothing which is frustrating since so much of it is high-end stuff! Maybe I’ll try thredUP – I’ve worked with them but never sold to them. Omg you like Leap Year?! That’s one of my favorite romcoms! It’s so cute! And ah I have so much to say about this post but the idea of turning the hangers around is so creative. I never thought of that! Thanks for sharing, babe!
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Your closet is absolute goals babe…omg! I definitely need to getting rid of stuff I don’t need. My weekend was very busy and short :/
I’ve heard of ThredUp and wanted to try them too! Would love to hear about your experience. I’m often too busy as well to bring my stuff to the charity shop, so having a bag delivered to you as well as the process of selling your pre-loved items taken care of sounds pretty sweet!
OMG I suck at clearing my wardrobe thanks to my procrastination.. I only clean it up when it is exploding or when there is a Salvation Army collection at my neighbourhood unfortunately :X Thanks for sharing and those pictures in your post are literally wardrobe goals!!!