Honest Simplicity

my winding road to a simpler life

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Slow Your Fashion

1st grade photo of me wearing a dress my mother made

1st grade photo of me wearing a dress my mother made

My life is, admittedly, detached from the effort it takes to make the clothing I wear.  I wonder about it, but not as often as I could.  Who made this skirt?  How much did that person get paid?  Probably not enough  What happened to the fabric scraps?  How long did it take to create my favorite jacket or that well-loved shirt?  What should these items have cost me?

When I was a girl, I remember my mother sewing outfits for me.  At that age, I didn’t fully appreciate the time and talent she put into those clothes.  They weren’t fancy, but neither was I.  The clothes she sewed for my sister and me were simple, well-constructed, and made by loving hands.  When sewing, she would call me to pause my playtime and have the items fitted.  It was a familiar part of the process.  I remember delicately sliding on the half-sewn garments to avoid sticking myself with the many pins holding the seams together.  Then, after my mom inspected her handiwork, I’d hand the garment over to her and bounce away to finish whatever activity I was in the middle of.  After a good span of time, I had cute new clothes to wear and I felt so proud that my mom had made them.  I even remember her making matching headbands one time, which I thought was pretty special.

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One In One Out

One in One Out

One in one out: it is a simple guideline which helps me avoid acquiring more stuff than I need or even want.  I’m not a perfect stickler for this rule, but I try to follow it often because I like the results it brings.  Besides keeping my belongings in check, it guards me from being a sucker for sale signs and trends.  It encourages contentment.  When I shop, I ask myself whether or not I’d be willing to replace something I already own with this new item.  The answer to that question determines whether or not it is truly worth the purchase.  Of course, down the road, I might change my mind about something I bought.  My tastes and needs change and when that happens, I don’t sweat it.  I no longer feel like I need to hold onto something just because I paid good money for it once.  That is a guilt-induced clutter trap and you should stay away from that kind of thinking.  Since adopting the habit of one in one out, I have regretted far fewer purchases.  This week, I bought a new pair of flip flops, but not on impulse.  I had a pair of flips already, but they are leather and I wanted a pair that could get wet when I water the garden, take my kids to the swimming pool, and for a upcoming trip to the beach.  Since I had a pair of shoes in mind which I could let go of, I bought the new pair, guilt free.  One new pair of shoes came into the house and another pair is ready to donate.  Easy peasy!

Wardrobe Under 100!

As part of my journey of simplicity, I have been chipping away at my wardrobe…slowly but surely.   Participating in Project 333 has helped me tremendously.  Each season, I count up all of my clothing and accessory items to be sure the overall total hasn’t increased.  The tally had been hovering above 100 for months.  I kept whittling away, focusing on the goal of a simpler, tidier, more streamlined wardrobe filled with the clothes I actually love wearing.  Gone is the habit of stashing an unadored shirt or Read the rest of this entry »

Project 333

Do you look into your closet and feel overwhelmed?  I used to feel that way, too.  Perhaps it is time to simplify your choices.  For the past couple of years, I have participated in Project 333, started by Courtney Carver.  Basically, every three months I pick out 33 items of my clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, and jewelry to include in my wardrobe for that season.  The rest of my clothes are tucked away in my dresser drawers for the next round.  If you’re telling yourself that is great for you, but I could never do it, don’t be so quick.  If 33 items doesn’t seem like enough for you, change the number.  If you don’t want to count shoes, don’t (I didn’t count jewelry this time).  If you are serious about giving it a try, though, I suggest checking out Courtney’s starter course.  More people are growing tired of excess and desiring simplicity in their lives.  This desire to minimize one’s possessions and distractions is catching on.

The Denver Post interviewed me recently for an article about simplifying your wardrobe: http://www.denverpost.com/smart/ci_25959708/minimalist-clothing-challenge-spurs-closet-clean-outs

 

 

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