I’ve dabbled in minimalism for the past year or so and it’s been a journey. I didn’t dive right in because minimalism creates an internal struggle for me, someone who likes to stock up and has a slight addiction to free things. (You can read more about that here!) It’s been an evolution and has been so interesting to see where it takes me!
I noticed a theme this week: redundancy.
Zip up fleece sweaters
I have multiples of each. And not just two or three….I must have at least 12 pairs of flip-flops!
Do We Really need Duplicates?
I can only wear one coat at a time. I could see having one for fall, and maybe two for winter: a nicer one for work and a different one for playing in the snow. But 3 leather coats (umm, some faux leather) 4 heavy winter coats, and 3 or 4 dressy coats? Unnecessary.
I wear the same few pairs of flip-flops all the time, so what about the many pairs I rarely wear? Do I really need the ability to wear a different pair of flip-flops for two weeks straight?
Given the frequency of my workouts (not often), I own an obscene amount of workout clothes. But I hesitate to get rid of any of them because workout clothes can be so expensive. I do laundry every week, so there’s no need for two weeks worth of clothes.
I have gotten rid of a lot of purses (recovering Coach addict here) but I still own a bunch. I usually use a purse for a few months and then rotate it out, going through maybe 3 or 4 a year. So why do I need 10? They are all roughly the same size and long-lasting good quality. So why so many?
I keep a zip up fleece on a hook by the door for fall yard projects and shoveling snow. Unless it’s a really dirty project, it usually gets used a few times before it’s washed. The coat only gets worn once or twice a week, and like I said, I do laundry once a week, …so why do I need 3 different fleece coats?
Some Have To Go
Once I realized the redundancy of things in my house, it all seemed so silly to me! Slightly ridiculous!
I started assessing items and making some cuts. If I were a hardcore minimalist, I’d be down to one of everything, but I’m just not there yet. I’m slowly trimming…a jacket here, a purse or two there.
It’s opened my eyes and I’m seeing redundancy every where, not just the items mentioned above. I’m just going after a little at a time. For example, my 10 coffee mugs? Don’t dare touch them! Even though I can only use one at a time, they all have so much meaning to me! I’m not ready to go there.
We’re Being Tricked
We are being tricked into thinking we need options and choices! We need a purse of every size and color for the many occasions in our lives. (If you’re truly passionate about fashion, you should skip this paragraph.) Marketing tells us that if only we had that jacket, we’d excel in our professional careers! But if you pair it with this purse, you are sure to get that promotion!
You should have many of everything! Your entire wardrobe should change with every season and get a complete overhaul every year. (Never mind that Minnesota really only has 2 seasons!) This marketing aims at our confidence, subtly telling us that if we had these things, we’d be better. At what? Who knows. Whatever they are trying to sell.
The truth is, you don’t need this much redundancy in the items in your life. And it’s not just the wardrobe…I rarely cook or host large get-togethers and yet I have enough Tupperware to serve a small army. And remember my beloved coffee mugs? At one point I owned three bathrobes.
People likely will not notice or care if you have one winter coat. Unless you work at a gym, you likely don’t need several weeks worth of different workout clothes. If there are people in your life that do notice these things, care about them, and possibly make decisions about your based on your one or two favorite purses….you might want to reassess their place in your life. Or just don’t give a darn what they think.
Less Is More
What does all of this matter? Choices are good and choices are fun. I enjoy having a few different purses to choose from and I like picking out my flip-flops for the day. But I still feel like I have so many options that it’s ridiculous. Most of my flip flips collect dust.
Having just a few favorites that get regular use gets us the most bang for our buck. It feels good to really use the things you own. Letting go of redundancy puts money back into our pockets. We have time for other things in our lives since we don’t need to shop as often to fill our closets.Having just a few favorites that get regular use gets us the most bang for our buck. Click To Tweet
Less clutter really can feel good! It makes space in our homes and minds for other passions. And decision fatigue is a real thing. Have you noticed the recent trend in capsule wardrobes and self-made uniforms?
Do you have a lot of redundancy in the things that you own? What are your trouble spots and what things can you part with? I suspect you might feel good to get rid of a few things!