Deeply Closet Series: Why Less "Stuff" Means More Freedom

Image via Apartment Therapy

Image via Apartment Therapy


Happy Thursday! We're getting back to the Deeply Closet Series today to talk a little more about the "why" of owning less clothing as our mission. It may seem a bit strange that we just opened up a retail store and are encouraging you to shop less, but we hope that in showing you our "capsule wardrobe" you can get an idea of how to mix and match with quality, socially conscious items, and that we can help you invest mindfully! It's been so fun to see and hear how you have been using some of the closet clean-out and style definition strategies to get your own closets into shape. We'd love to see more of what you are doing, so feel free to tag your progress with #thedeeplycloset so we can take a look and cheer you on!

We mentioned earlier in this series that one thing we wanted to be sure to get across is that we do not believe in minimalism for minimalism's sake. While the aesthetic is lovely and highly popular right now, we truly believe that owning less means more freedom. So why would a lean closet bring you more freedom? There's more to it than just a pretty Instagram picture!

1. Too much stuff takes up too much space.

Most of you are like us. 20-30 something, with storage space for one, living with...more than one. So, strictly from a physical perspective, having too many clothes that you don't wear and don't love take up precious space. Even worse, they tend to hide the clothes you DO love, making them all smushed together and indiscernible. When you're able to actually find the clothes you love day in and day out, you'll feel that you have plenty to wear- everything in your closet is a gem!

2. Buying stuff isn't going to make you happy automatically

This may seem obvious on the outside, but how many of us go to shopping as our chosen vice? Are you an emotional spender? Whether you are celebrating, grieving, stressing, or coping, if your first thought is to buy something, take note. Really try to ask yourself - why am I feeling an impulse to purchase something right now? Is it driven by an emotion that I need to address in healthier, more honest ways? An even harder question- are you buying more to impress others or because you actually have a need? Why do you think that owning more is impressive in the first place?

I used to impulse shop often, and the biggest change I made in my step towards owning less was to never buy something just because it was on sale, and never on first sight. If in a week I find myself still thinking about that item, then I'll re-evaluate it's need in my closet, and if it fits my style, has multiple styling options, and is on my very short "need" list, then I'll go ahead and buy it. I have a Pinterest board that I relegate all items that catch my eye to, so in case I do want to go back and purchase, I know it's saved in a safe place.

The Ava Sweater- you can buy this here in our shop and support livable wages for women in Kenya!

The Ava Sweater- you can buy this here in our shop and support livable wages for women in Kenya!

3. Too much stuff takes up too much mental space

If you are into the genre of minimalism, you may have heard of the book Everything That Remains. It documents the journeys of two friends who reach the conclusion that owning less brought them greater joy and freedom. One of the major points that caught my eye was the mental "weight" your belongings bring with them. Think about the last time you moved: How much stress did packing, organizing, sorting, and physically moving the boxes bring you? How much stuff do you have in some kind of off-site storage? Do you even know what you have in storage? (Totally guilty of this!) They found that the "weight" of the stuff held them down and back in certain areas of their lives. They were less willing to take risks, to make moves, to drop everything on a dime to take a dream trip. They found that once they embraced minimalism, their decision-making was less driven by the hoarding and maintaining of their possessions.

I'm a girl who loves a pretty home, options in my closet, and I definitely can't live in Texas without a car. Owning less doesn't mean you have to get rid of 90% of your possessions. But the thought of my closet being "baggage" that weighed my mind down  really helped me in cleaning it out thoroughly. I have no useless items in my closet now, and that in itself is freeing! 

Above all, we are called to be stewards of our time, money and energy. There is no magic number as to how many items you should have in your closet or in your home. However, I think the way we think about, care about, and steward our resources reveals our heart's affections. Are you mindful of how you spend the income you have been blessed with? Are you generous with both your time and money? Do you invest in items that invest in peoples' lives, or at the very least, do you leave margin in your budget to be a blessing to others?

Going deep in the Deeply Closet Series this week! I really hope that this stirs in your heart thoughts about the intent behind your wardrobe and the freedom that can be found in not letting your purchasing habits own you.

What's the hardest thing about owning/buying less for you?

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