Monday, June 19, 2017

Simplifying My Closet




About a month ago, I gutted out my closet, and I ended up with around 20% of what I had before. Lots of people told me I was crazy - "I mean, you're a FASHION blogger!!! You NEED all of it!" - but I was so tired, y'all. I was tired of constantly looking in my closet to only find things I didn't really like or that didn't fit MY style. I know I sound like a broken record with some of this stuff... but this was one of the first steps I took in finally being ME and not living to be just another "fashion" blogger.

To be honest, this was all sparked when my husband and I watched this documentary by The Minimalists. It seriously changed my husband and I's perspective 100%. It showed me that what I was doing went against everything I stood for. It honestly made me feel sick. I had become that girl who purchased a pair of shoes just so someone else would buy them through LIKEtoKNOW.it and I, in turn, would make more $$$. Oh boy. And how did I decide what to purchase?? I would see what the "biggest" and "bestest" of fashion bloggers were wearing. Because if they were wearing it, their followers were buying it, so wouldn't mine as well?

It became a disease in all honesty... one that I couldn't kill. I COULD but I didn't WANT to. It wasn't clear to me that all of this was happening until after I watched this life-changing documentary. It's something everyone needs to see.

The first step for me was to completely gut my closet - which I did - and live with LESS. I went through each individual piece and if I didn't LOVE it... it went into the BYE FELICIA stack. In turn, I had a huge closet sale - which many of you shopped - and also donated a lot to charity. After everything had been sorted, I had close to 200 pieces of clothing, shoes, and accessories to sell or donate.

I sat in my office floor looking around me at the piles of clothing. What was all of this for? Imagine what I could have done with the money I WASTED on all of this. I could have gave more. I could have bought a meal for someone. I could have went on an amazing adventure with my husband. I could have LIVED more. I could have LOVED more.

Now that I have this simplified wardrobe, I have found myself feeling happier with what I'm wearing, and my focus is more on the good things. If I need something, or come across something I really like, I now have a rule: if one comes in, one must go out. I have seven pairs of denim (shorts included), around 5 dresses (all occasions), 10-15 tops (all seasons), and a handful of jackets (denim, utility, winter, etc). Concerning shoes.... I had close to 50 pairs. I now have around 12 in total - all seasons! I have only purchased two tops (t-shirts) and one pair of shoes since the clean-out. And all of them were on sale! It's been such a freeing experience and I'm so glad I made this change.

I've had quite a few people ask me, "Are you still going to post your outfits????" Of course! But they are pieces that I LOVE and that make me feel good! I just want to say that I'm sorry if I ever made you feel like you NEEDED a pair of shoes just because I was wearing them. I'm sorry if you ever swiped a credit card just to be like me (or any other blogger). I love you guys! I'm so thankful for each and every one of you. For those of you who are sticking around through this transition - I am beyond grateful. 

I've found throughout this process - simplifying my wardrobe, not posting on Instagram, etc - that it's more about Him and less about me. That's all I wish - to glorify Jesus - and I can't wait to see where He takes this. 

As you all know, I've been on a major Instagram cleanse - I deleted my blog account completely - and it has been so good for me. (You can read my post on why I did that HERE) I'm still praying over it all but I feel like I'm (almost) ready to come back. For now, I'm giving out the new Instagram handle, but I won't be posting yet. You all will be the first to know when that happens! If you want to be ahead of the game, the new IG name for the blog is @bloomintobeautiful. I chose this name because it's focused on the blog - not me - and if you know the story behind my blog name, then you know it's focused on Jesus. (You can read that post HERE

It's going to be a great adventure and I'm so glad to have you guys alongside of me! Let's BLOOM! 

xoxo, 

Megan 

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