This November my goal is to simplify in the area of my wardrobe.
Some of you know that I have been known to be a little bit of a fashion addict… or maybe you have no idea. Well confession time: clothes have become an idol for me.
I’m not proud of it and it’s quite embarrassing to share this with the public– I was even embarrassed to share it with my husband (as if he didn’t notice already), and he knows just about everything about me.
Some of you know me well, or perhaps just follow me on Instagram. Either way, you may have noticed my somewhat obvious obsession with clothes and brand names which appeared seemingly out of nowhere (just look at my #OOTD posts and you’ll get an idea).
I want to get into why this happened to me, but I think I’ll save it for another blog post.
For now I’ll just say that the accumulation of more clothing wasn’t doing for me what I wanted it to; it wasn’t making me happy, it wasn’t making me feel better about myself, and it wasn’t making me feel fulfilled. In fact, I found it was the opposite: I was spending too much money on clothes, which stressed me out after I’d see the cumulated amount, and then I’d feel guilty, selfish, and empty inside, wondering why I couldn’t just be content with what I have and stop looking for my worth in material things.
After a long talk with God in the bubble bath (we talk there; it’s cool), it was decided that something must be done.
But how do I curve an addiction that surrounds me everywhere you go? I mean, I don’t live in a nudist colony, so people do wear clothes. How do I kill the idol of clothes wile having a closet full of beautiful ones? Sure I could work on self-control and stop buying more, but buying more was only part of the problem; the accumulation that had already occurred was an equally important role in this addictive stronghold.
We decided to go drastic. I pulled aside 10 hangers from my full closet, then chose 10 items to hang on them.
Hanger 1: thick black and white Aztec printed cardigan sweater
Hanger 2: beige boyfriend blazer
Hanger 3: gray scoop-neck tank top with breast pocket
Hanger 4: black skinny jeans
Hanger 5: navy and white striped oversized tee shirt
Hanger 6: dark wash denim skirt with pockets
Hanger 7: black flowy long sleeve shirt
Hanger 8: chambray button up shirt
Hanger 9: multicolored basic flannel
Hanger 10: gray and black v-neck dress
I took the rest of my clothes to another closet in our house which I rarely go to and boxed up the contents of my entire dresser save for my sock drawer, underwear drawer, and a few workout items (I’m a fitness instructor, so workout clothes are a must even if I wasn’t also in love with exercise).
The workout items included:
1 white tank top with shelf bra
2 tee shirts: the world vision 6k race one and the insanity max 30 one
1 pair of leggings
2 paris of jogging pants: one dance studio pair to wear to dance rehearsal and over the leggings, and one pair to use for running outside
So really I guess this should be called “10-Hanger-plus-7-workout-items-and-all-my-underwear-and-shoes-Project” instead, but I was mostly focused on the majority of my wardrobe to be inaccessible to me so that would have to be satisfied with less.
Remember, I’m the “Wannabe” Minimalist; this is not easy for me to do.
For the entire month of November, these clothes will be the only clothes I wear. Yes, it will be challenging. Yes, I will wash them.
Here are the rules:
- Any combo of the clothes on the hangers may be worn.
- I can repeat outfits, but my goal is to be creative…. still I think it might be virtually impossible to wear a different combo each day of the month and not look like a crazy person.
- The limited clothes do not include accessories like scarves, jewelry or belts, and do not include underwear or shoes either.
- Workout clothes are for only working out or teaching fitness classes in. Except the leggings; I can wear them under the skirt or the dress. But not as pants because that’s tacky.
- No cheating; stay strong!
I will be updating you on my outfits, my progress, and what I am learning during this whole process, because I can’t even express to you how crazy this is for me or even all of what I’m hoping God will do with me during this time.
But I hope I’ll come out on the other side of November more content with my life, more free, more selfless, and more confident in who I am.
I hope to learn to appreciate even more what truly matters in life, and I hope I am able to forget about myself and my appearance in ways I never could before.
I hope I can break free from the stronghold of greediness and vanity so that I can focus more on loving God and loving people well.
I hope that come December, when I pull out those boxes of clothes again, that I’ll be able to cut my former wardrobe by at least half so that I can continue to carry what I learn through this month with me onto the new year.
But who knows what I’ll learn this November?!
I’ll be sure to keep you posted with lessons, thoughts, and pictures that document my walk through this #10HangerProject. That way, we can learn together and hopefully come out less of a wannabe and more of a minimalist on the other side of this 30 days.