some surprising benefits to paring down my wardrobe

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Maria Van Nguyen wrote a beautiful post on how she chooses to buy less.  She uses an interesting method of shopping only once every 6 months and describes how this has made her life better.

Her thoughts inspired me to think about the positive side effects of my decision to buy less and pare down.

Here are the benefits I’ve noticed:

  • I have more space
  • I have more time
  • I feel less stressed when I get ready
  • I feel more comfortable
  • I feel more confident
  • I feel good about doing what is good for our planet
  • I have less debt
  • laundry becomes easier
  • I become more creative

  • What remains in my closet adds value to my life
  • I feel more in tune with myself and who I am as a person
  • I make better decisions in other areas of my life
  • I feel more free
  • I feel less guilt
  • I am more assertive
  • I have no trouble saying “no” to people anymore
  • I feel more genuine
  • I feel more grateful
  • And, I look better because I’m only wearing what I love

… I’m sure I’ll think of more.  How about you?  Have you noticed any surprising positive or negative side effects of buying less and paring down your closet?

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  1. So relevant! I couldn’t sleep last night and I was up making a list of the things in my closet near and dear to my heart. I feel like I’m way more comfortable now in determining those things that make me feel confident and strong when I wear them as opposed to wearing something because it was a good deal but doesn’t fit my overall style. I’ve also noticed a shift in my mindset. Like I’ve become less “greedy” to experience every single trend I can get my hands on, which was my experience vintage shopping in my you. I don’t feel as worried if missing out on something. Like I know flares don’t suit me- I’ll avoid the trend completely without a second thought.

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    1. same here! I will never wear flares again. My old self used to look for one of a kind type special items, but then I realized how un-versatile they were. I’d get that recurrent complaint “I have a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear” .. anyway, thanks for replying!!

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