A Minimalist Life

Awhile back I posted about working toward a Minimalist Closet or as some people know it a Capsule Wardrobe.

It was a really hard challenge and I wasn't able to get my clothes down to 40 pieces. I think I ended up with about 120. #fail I've even gotten more stuff since then because of Christmas, and also my darling husband likes to be sweet and buy me new boots and clothes instead of roses and chocolates. #hessosweet

Our impending move in June is coming up quicker than I'd like to admit, and also our church is having another yard sale at the end of April. So it is time to start cleaning out the clutter again. Hence my idea to really get down to the nitty gritty and get rid of everything we do not need. #srsly #minimalistlife

Timothy and I have both gone through our closets again already. Last month we cleaned out so much stuff, and I plan to go through my closet again this weekend. I know he needs to go through his shoes again too!

I walked into a dark room, turned on the lights and there were those eyes starring at me like I caught him doing something weird!

I walked into a dark room, turned on the lights and there were those eyes starring at me like I caught him doing something weird!

There have been a lot of factors that have gone into our decision to live more minimally.

  1. We will be moving every 3-5 years for the foreseeable future. The UMC doesn't like to keep their pastors in the same church for too long, but there are some occasions where pastors stay for much longer than that. 
  2. The less you have equals more time. So that means less laundry, less cleaning, less mess and no need for storage, etc.
  3. Having fewer nicer things means less dependence on fast fashion slave labor and unethically produced products. It also means less strain on second hand stores like Goodwill and less stuff ending up in landfills.

These reason are all very important to me, but what weighs on my heart more is reason number 3. Over the past few months, I have had an awakening into the horribleness that is fast fashion.

Having worked in retail the majority of my life, I never thought about where any of those clothes came from, who made them and if they were happy to do so. I had been raised to buy the cheapest things possible, but you end up spending more money in the long run when the cheapest thing only makes it through one wash. 

Not only do you spend more money on cheap fast fashion, but you are also telling retail and manufacturing companies that it is okay to use child and slave labor to make our goods. #itisnot

So Timothy and I have made a pact. Everything we purchase from now on must be reasonably priced, high quality, ethically made and a necessity. Since we are masters of the search engine, we've found a couple companies, Flint & Tinder and Betabrand, that make high quality clothing at a reasonable price. Plus they are made in America and apart of the movement to bring back American manufacturing.