Ahhh, what a glorious feeling it is to purge the closet and begin my journey to a minimalist lifestyle! Since I can remember I have been guilty of making impulse purchases for clothes I don’t need and subscribing to the latest trends. And since I have the “worry” gene I tend to never travel light and have accepted the nickname “crazy bag lady” because I always overpack in case I have that “what if” moment of needing something.

I’m hoping to change this mentality in 2017. I’ve already started and it feels AMAZING. I went out on boxing day with my Mom and only bought one pair of leggings because my old ones had a hole in them. Historically, as a bargain hunter, boxing day was my thing. I remember getting up at 5am some years to go to the Eaton Center with my mom and my friend Danielle and blowing whatever money I had saved or gotten over Christmas on what? I don’t even remember

After watching “Minimalism The Documentary” by¬†Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus it really opened my eyes to my bad spending habits and how unnecessary they are. Do these items actually bring me/others happiness? Could I invest my money better? After donating half of the clothes in my closet I really hope to eliminate/limit the number of items coming in. Although I can’t pack my entire closet into one suitcase, it does feel liberating to have a closet full of clothes I actually wear. Waking up in the mornings is a lot more enjoyable. I’m going to do research on clothing brands that make their clothes sustainably and will share with you once I find them! The impact that the fashion industry has on the environment is NOT GOOD and I’m just beginning to learn this.

WHAT’S LEFT IN MY CLOSET:

BEFORE THROWN AWAY AFTER
Tank Tops 33 15 18
Cardigans/ Turtleneck/ Crewneck 23 14 9
Tops 15 9 6
Plaid Shirts 6 4 2
Jean Shirt 2 1 1
Blazer 1 1
Jerseys 2 0 2
Hoodies 5 0 5
Casual Dresses 22 15 7
Formal Dresses 5 2 3
T-shirts 26 17 9
Pajama Bottoms 5 3 2
Pajama Tops 2 2
Pajama dresses 4 2 2
Dressing gown/ House coat 3 2 1
Jeans 7 3 4
Black jeans 3 0 3
Dress Pants 3 2 1
Pants 9 6 3
Capris 2 0 2
Shorts 8 3 5
Work out tops (long sleeves) 4 1 3
Work out tops (short sleeved) 14 4 10
Work out pants/capris 10 4 6
Work out Shorts 8 3 5
Shoes 34 16 18
Skirts 11 8 3
Rompers 2 0 2
269 134 135

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