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I lived as a minimalist for a month

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I decided to take the challenge of living as a minimalist for a month. Why would I even think of setting myself up for possible failure? I’ve always maintained that I would struggle with being a minimalist, as I just love clothes too much (and I struggle to move my clothes on to their next forever home).

I have tried many times in the past to be minimalist, but it just never seemed to work out. Until I tried it this month. I packed away a good majority of my clothes and survived on five different skirts, blouses and three pairs of shoes. And, let me tell you, it has been such an amazing change in my routine. I usually would spend about twenty minutes each night planning my outfit for the next day. Now I spend only five minutes.

At first, I was going incredibly well, until halfway through the week I realised that I was getting bored with the small selection of clothes already.

I persevered with it though and powered on. Fast forward to the middle of the month when I started to get really sick of the same blouses and skirts. I’d mixed them up as much as possible and started to get a small feeling of hatred towards them. That feeling is rare for me because I really do love my clothes.

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How I feel when tasked with cleaning out my clothes.

Then I cheated. I found the boxes I’d stored my clothes in and broke some of them out. And, oh my gosh, it was so nice to have different clothes again. I pretty much bowed down to the boxes and said a prayer. I will never box them up again.

Now, to be completely frank with all of you, I do have a very small colour palette that I follow with my clothing. I have certain colours I love and know suit me. These colours are: red, blue, black, white, grey and pink. So these are the only colours you’d find in my wardrobe, which I guess is minimalistic in a way. I do like having a bright pop of colour every now and then, especially in winter time, as it really brightens up my mood!

Here are a couple of examples of my almost minimalistic style on a day to day basis (not all from this month):

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My holiday to Japan taught me that I do suit pink and white – so I intend to wear these colours a lot more often!

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One of my favourite new tops from WeGo in Japan. It’s comfy, light and perfect for the warmer months!

 

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I picked up this amazing bag at Alice on Wednesday in Tokyo. The skirt and top are from Primark and H&M.

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How cute is this blouse? It’s an Alice in Wonderland style blouse with the Mad Hatter embroidered on the collar.

My wardrobe is tiny, but I manage to stuff everything in there. I would love to have a wardrobe room like Kris Jenner. #dreams #goals #jealous. I would love to have a room dedicated to shoes, another for bags and another for my clothes.

On another note, I saw this on youtube last night:

I do love a good clean out of my wardrobe though, and I have recently put aside some items to sell online soon. One of them a gorgeous vintage faux fur coat from the 1970s. I love it, but I just haven’t worn it enough. Since I am making some life changes, I need to declutter and that means that some of my much-loved clothes need to go.

Some aspects of my wardrobe are minimalist.

When I do go shopping I make sure that I only buy things I absolutely need. If it doesn’t fit in with my other clothes, I don’t buy it.  If the item is something I can’t see myself wearing, I think again and put it back. I also try to buy pieces that are classic and will last a long time, which is one of the reasons why I love vintage. Longlasting pieces are a staple in my wardrobe, as fast fashion isn’t really something I like (although each season I do find myself buying something from Primark or H&M, because they do have some classic clothes).

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For me, there’s really no better feeling than coming out of the shops with a bunch of new clothes. It is exhilarating.

Staples like black t-shirts are a big hit with me, as I like pairing them with trousers or skirts. I find places like Primark, H&M and Topshop are a great place to go to for these basics.

Have you read my collab post about how to style a minimalistic outfit (which I published during my month of minimalistic living)?

10 Comments

  1. Ros

    03/09/2018 at 5:26 PM

    I’ve always wanted to live minimalist… But it seems my brain likes to add things to my closet more than taking stuff out. Weird huh? Haha!
    xoxo Ros (ZenHealth.net)

    1. kattie

      04/09/2018 at 6:44 AM

      Haha, that sounds so much like me! I’m moving back overseas next year and I’m really worried about how I’m going to take all my clothes with me. 😀

  2. Nancy

    09/09/2018 at 5:32 AM

    It’s great that you’ve lived as a minimalist for a month. I think it is something everyone should do, especially with how much things we go through in our daily lives. I love your outfits over the month! It’s always nice to pack away clothes you don’t really wear.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. kattie

      10/09/2018 at 10:05 PM

      Yes, it was quite an experience. I’m moving overseas at the end of the year (again), and it was actually a really good way for me to see what I missed and what I didn’t miss. It’ll make the packing a lot easier, as I hate travelling heavy! Thank you! <3

  3. janna

    10/09/2018 at 10:36 PM

    interesting idea. I think I like you, would get sick of wearing the same things over and over. still I’m trying to make sure I only buy things I love which has helped me cut down on the quantity.

    1. kattie

      10/09/2018 at 10:51 PM

      Yes, I totally agree with that – I buy things I love now. I used to spend so much on things I’d hardly ever wear. So I’m glad that I have figured out, over the years, what I like/dislike!

  4. Rachael

    11/09/2018 at 12:24 AM

    For me, the trick to a minimalist wardrobe is finding the right balance of clothes. Too few and you get sick of them but too many and you have pieces you never wear.

    1. kattie

      11/09/2018 at 8:58 AM

      That’s what I’ve found with my clothes. I do have quite a few, and although I cherish them I hardly ever where some of them. I’m trying to cut down on the number of clothes I have, but I find it hard to let them go 😀

  5. LP

    18/10/2018 at 12:19 PM

    I tried something similar this year, but then ended up going on a major shopping spree after months of refraining from shopping. 🙈 I think I need to find a good balance! Thanks for sharing this experience!

    1. kattie

      20/10/2018 at 5:17 AM

      I decided to continue with minimalism. Mostly because there’s renovations at my place and most of my clothes are packed away! I also went on a big shopping spree – I bought a huge amount if makeup brushes that I don’t really need 🤣 hopefully this is helpful. I’m also still trying to find a balance! Thank you for your comment 😍😍

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