Having a cluttered closet gets your day started on a hectic note. If you have tons of clothes, but nothing to wear, it’s time for a more streamlined approach.
For today’s challenge, we’re going to create a minimalist wardrobe we can test drive for the final two weeks of the Declutter Challenge. You’ll experience what it’s like to go through life with a few items you love and wear often, rather than a closet clogged with items you rarely use. This challenge is one of the hardest of the month, but it packs a big punch and will undoubtedly change the way you think about your wardrobe.
Here are the rules: Choose two dozen items that work with your lifestyle and that can get you through two weeks. We recommend: 7 bottoms, 7 tops, three jackets or sweaters for layering, a coat, a bag/purse and three pairs of shoes. (Remember to include at least one sneaker or comfortable walking shoe.) Women, add two dresses if you wear them. Workout clothes, pajamas and underwear don’t count.
There’s no need to obsess over your choices — we’re talking about 14 days here. If possible, pack everything else away so you can experience the bliss of having a decluttered closet. After this test drive, we might just have you sold.
**Need inspiration? Check out our experience with the minimalist wardrobe challenge Project 333. You’ll notice the items we picked had lots of color and prints — and they worked fine. A minimalist wardrobe is more about the function of the clothes than the pattern or style.**