In an earlier post, I reposted a quote: The less I see, the less I want. I think clutter shopping (or wasteful shopping) starts with just that. You see it and now you want it. . But how many times in just a day do we see things to buy? 😵😵😵 And how often do we act on buying something simply because we see it and want it? Stretch that over just a years time and that's a recipe for a full blown habit. A harsher word might be addiction 😬 . I've got a couple ideas to battle this. It's actually what I did when I was trying to change my habits with retail and my relationship with things. First: . Do a full audit of all your emails and social platforms. Unsubscribe, mute, unfollow any brand, designer, or shop that you are not fully in love with. The less you see ads, promos and emails from retailers that don't serve you, the less you buy stuff that wont serve you. One thing I felt immediately was lighter when opening my email and going through my IG feed. . Second, a good question to ask yourself when shopping (or better yet, when something catches your eye): How long have I wanted this before seeing it right now? Months? Years? Days? Minutes? The answer may prompt you to rethink the possible impulse purchase.
How is it that I can identify clutter before I've even bought it? I'm sure you can too. Why is that? Also, what constitutes as clutter? More importantly, what causes it? . There's a lot of perfectly fine reasons why items in our closets and homes stop getting used. People move on, tastes and needs change over time, letting go of things is natural and functional (and sustainable!). . But clutter, that's something else. Clutter is being done with something and not letting it go. This is of course, not functional. But I'm getting ahead of myself - for now I'll be brief and say there are two main kinds of clutter: the clutter that is created over time due to indecision and dissatisfaction (not wanting it but it's better than nothing) and the clutter that is bought (buying something due to feelings of inadequacy). . A lot of people think minimalism is a brutal lifestyle. Haha 😂 i laugh because it so is. But in a really good way. It forces us to think about issues like these that can be second nature but actually keep us from feeling peaceful and free.
So you cleaned out your closet and got rid of all the clothing that wasn't serving you. What now? . Don't go shopping! Let the dust settle. Enjoy your high of seeing a clean, paired down wardrobe. And....make The Tiny Closet Shopping List. . So this isn't any ol' regular shopping list - remember, you had clutter for a reason so chances are you may have to re-learn how to shop. And by the way, when starting out, you should ALWAYS have a list when shopping for clothes. Not having a list is like going into a grocery store without a list and also hungry. Recipe for disaster right there. . The Tiny Closet Shopping List is something I created for myself years ago that I still use to this day: the moment I go to my closet to get dressed and I'm looking through my clothes and I dare to think that I have nothing to wear - right in that moment, i ask myself, what item of clothing do you wish you had right now that would solve this not-having-anything-to-wear issue? . This question has honestly helped me so many times in making authentic, mindful (and useful!) purchases for my closet. And it's given me an amazing wardrobe that I love. . So a question to ask yourself when feeling frustrated while trying to dress for an occasion or event: What specific article of clothing do I feel like I'm missing in my wardrobe right now? . Write down that specific item that you feel would be a great addition to your capsule (and be very specific) and save it on your list for a future (planned) shopping trip. Then the next time you go to your closet and feel this way again, ask yourself the same question. The list should grow slowly with time and only by adding things that come to your mind when you're in your closet (not at the mall). There's a lot more helpful stuff to this buuuut more on this later ❤️
My need for simplicity runs deep in my bones. Everything in my closet has to be effortless and simple. . So when designing, I'm always asking myself, But can it be simpler? And also, Will she feel effortless in this? . New designs have just arrived at The Tiny Closet today ✨My October releases have been inspired by those in need of transitional pieces. Well these new gems are work horses 🙌🏾Made to work alone or work quite nicely with all the basics in your own authentic and Tiny closet. Head over to the shop with the link above to check out my latest work!
I'm a small business, with small-batch inventory and I make everything myself, made-to-order so there is minimal to zero waste. I'll also add that I do a pretty good job at it too! And since I'm not Zara or H&M, and I have small quantities, chances are you'll miss a sale or two, or occasionally a limited design. . But don't worry, you're fine without it. I'm always designing more. . I make clothes to add art to your life, not to make your life. In fact, the best part about my clothes is you ❤️
About 9 years ago, I decided to stop shopping all together (I didn't buy clothes for an entire year), my goal was simply to find outfits in my already enormous closet that I liked to wear and remove everything else. Eventually, that lead me to the rigid minimalist I am today. . Anyway, there was a lot of trial and error (and so much money wasted😖) in creating a closet and home that I loved. But it was the consistent conversations I had with myself about my compulsion for retail that began to eliminate my bad habits. And my clutter. . In my last post I listed two questions to help identify why we buy clutter. But I realize I actually have a much larger list of questions I've written down over the years on post-it notes and in journals that, when shopping, have helped me completely stop buying things that don't serve me. . Did you know you can learn a lot about yourself and how you consume just by asking? Some questions from the list include... . •How long have I wanted this before seeing it now? •How does it make me feel? (the answer had to align with my values) •Was this a planned purchase? •Is this realistic to my lifestyle or am I buying this for the girl I wish I was? . Notice none of the questions were: Do I need this? -or- Is this a want or a need? ... and I'll tell you why those questions won't help you but more on that later. Anyway, just some things to ponder today. ❤️