Day 06/30 – Why I Decided to Simplify My Wardrobe

Simplifying Your Wardrobe is a series I have in the works. I’ll share tips, advice, and actionable steps on how to simplify, minimize, and purge your wardrobe based on my own journey.

I started this blog three years ago with a vision and hope that what I have gleaned in the process of simplifying and minimizing my wardrobe, my home, and my life, will be of value to someone.

A month ago, I posted a rather brave survey in my FB and IG asking friends if I could help them in any of these areas: simplifying your wardrobe, simplifying your home, wellness/self-care, and motherhood/married life.

Simplifying the wardrobe and home topped the survey, and so here I am dipping my toes in writing more about simplifying. I believe a lot of us can do with little lessons here and there on how to minimize our physical and emotional clutter, yes?

My Journey to a Simplified Wardrobe/Closet

My journey to a minimal and simplified wardrobe started three years ago.

In the spring of 2017, my son turned a year old, I came back to work full time, and we became owners to a house we prayed hard for, all at the same season of the year.

Me trying to work from home in our one-bedroom apartment before we moved to our house, March 2017 (I was also still nursing Z then.)

Faced with the painstaking task of sorting, packing, and discarding, I was confronted with the fact that I owed too much of everything, clothes being the number one offender.

Something in me clicked then. It was like a fog lifting from my eyes and I could finally see clearly where I was and where I wanted to go.

Where I was:

1) staring at my full-to-the-brim closet every morning not being able to decide what to wear (I later learned that it’s called a “decision fatigue“);

2) wasting too much time, energy, and money shopping for these clothes I never got to wear anyway; and

3) looking less put together.

Where I wanted to go:

I wanted to go to the other side of the spectrum—the less is more side—to see if a simplified wardrobe would really save me time, money, and energy. I was just tired of wardrobe clutter, done with it.

I also had the privilege of starting a blank canvass by moving to a new house. I wanted to only fill our closet and our house with the things we found to be useful, beautiful and meaningful.

The newlybuilt shared closet between me and R

Why I Decided to Simplify/Minimize My Wardrobe

1. Motherhood

In my first post in this blog, I wrote this:

When I gave birth to my son, I was never the same. The first cry told me everything I needed to know about motherhood: less of me, more of him. The first year taught me one thing I needed to do to survive this crazy but beautiful journey while juggling work, homemaking, and creative pursuits: SIMPLIFY.”

2. Less Decision Fatigue

As a first time mom, I wanted to have extra mental space for things that really matter. A little human being was depending on me now for dear life. I couldn’t be possibly wasting 30 minutes of my time deciding what to wear every single day.

I quote this from Becoming Minimalist:

“One less frivolous decision in the morning leads to better decisions on things that really matter.”

3. Feel Clearer About Who I am and my Personal Style

I wanted to feel and look good in what I wear, just like all the working moms out there, just like any other lady out there. I think it is every girl’s desire to look put-together and feel confident in what they wear and I wanted to be able to do that with fewer pieces in my wardrobe.

And so those are my compelling reasons I purged my wardrobe in 2017 and continue to do so. I have been reshaping my wardrobe habits three years now, and I have had my share of shopping and fashion mistakes.

It’s not a finished journey and I don’t expect it to be. I adapt where the season of my life takes me. 

One thing I’d like to say is that the decision to simplify and the pain of actually purging are all so so worth it. I have never been surer of who I am as a person, and I spend less time deciding what to wear every day (which has been a surprise to the husband.)

Me in My Uniform: Jeans and a Black Button-Downs

I will take you to the “hows” of the first time I purged my wardrobe in the next post.

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