As promised here are my skincare favorites. I don't have many as I have a very minimalistic approach to skincare, but the ones I have I really love! I will group them by brands.
Pacifica is ultimately my favorite brand for skin care. Ever since I discovered their products I didn't want to use or even look at anything else.
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Walnut face scrub is my absolute favorite - it's not too rough, but neither it is too gentle. Exfoliating my face is a breeze now.
Kale Water tonic is great for days when I don't feel like washing my make up off, as this tonic is great at removing make up and cleansing your face - without actually washing it.
Quinoa face wash is gentle, good smelling and keeps my skin in check. It also is great at removing make up - even mascara!
I also have my favorite face lotion by them, but I am currently all out of it (hence it's not on the picture), but it's called Dreamy Youth day and night cream - and it's heavenly.
Pacifica has so many different products and I cannot wait to try more of them as I absolutely adore this brand.
P.S. I am not affiliated with them, I just really love their products and statement mission <3
I like C.O.Bigelow for many of their products, but especially for their lip balms and foot creams. I used to have their famous rose save long time ago and I loved it. However this lemon lip cream is quite spectacular as well - so easy and nourishing!
The mentha foot cream is nice and tingly - refreshing!
They can be bought online as well, but I usually find them at Bath and Body Works.
This is my recent find, but it's quickly became one of my favorites. The brand is called Pearllessence (I've never heard of it before), but I really like this Aloe and Green Tea face spray.
It's light and refreshing and it smells divine. To be honest I spray it not only on my face, but sometimes on my arms, if I feel like I need some extra moisturizing through the day.
I can also see it being great for an after sun-burn spray.
Here is a very boring but very favorite lotion of mine. I don't use it on my face, but it's great for hands and body - it's super moisturizing and it's unscented!
I wanted an unscented lotion for the longest time and couldn't find one from the brand I trust. Till I found Everyone brand- they are cruelty free and natural and have an amazing array of products - from lotions to essential oils.
And last but not least - here are the two things I currently use on my hair.
They are from Trader Joe's (yes, the grocery store) and I love them so much.
First of all they smell amazing. They are natural, organic, cruelty free, sulfates free and safe for colored hair.
And they are extremely affordable - thesis actually ,y third time re-buying the setoff I like it so much.
Those are pretty much all things I use - I covered my face, body and hair products. I don't have many, for the ones I have work wonders and I like sticking to basics. All of these brands are amazing in their own way, but all of them are cruelty free and most of them are organic too - which is a big deciding factor for me.
So it was my birthday recently and one of the things I did that day was - go thrifting. Thrifting is my hobby, and what is a better way to spend birthday than to do things that you love? Here is my small thrifting haul.
I went to Goodwill and Plato's Closet and I think that I found some pretty great finds.
1. My new favorite dress (Plato's Closet - $14)
I've been looking for a dress like this for ages. I wanted something bohemian, but with long sleeves and mid lengths. I wanted pretty details and interesting sleeves. Needless to say that this dress is everything I've been looking for. It looks great with boots for Autumn season and will look great transitioning into spring.
2. Chic blazer (Goodwill - $7.49)
This blazer was originally from Express and I found it in a mint condition at a Goodwill store. It can be dressed up or down, especially with rolling the sleeves up and pairing it with jeans.
3. Burgundy sweater (Goodwill - $5.49)
This sweater immediately caught my eye with its rich, burgundy color. Now I have few pieces of this color already in my wardrobe, but I didn't have anything with such great knit texture. The sweater was originally from Sonoma and I can tell that the quality is excellent.
4. Cold shoulder sweater (Plato's Closet - $6)
I've been looking for a sweater like this for ages, but never could find one that I liked. Either the price was too high or material too flimsy. So when I saw this one for 6$ I was so happy - the fabric is so nice, and it's in my preferred grey color. Score!
5. Grey sweater with cut-out back (Plato's closet - $6)
One can't have too many grey sweaters - am I right? That is the way it is with me at least. I don't have anything with cut-out in the back, so I thought this would be a nice little addition.
6. Wrap up floral skirt (Plato's closet - $8)
I know it's winter and I won't get to wear this till spring at least, but I just couldn't pass up on this pattern. It's a wrap- up high low skirt - and the material was very, very nice.
This is it for my small thrift hall. some days I go and have awesome finds and some days I find nothing - but that is the thrill of thrifting.
I am quite minimal when it comets my skincare and make-up. This is why I take great care to research the companies I buy my staples from. Because the things I buy - I use all the time. Here are 5 of my favorite natural, cruelty free and eco-friendly brands.
I think they are great starters for those of you who are trying to transition to cruelty free cosmetics as each brand covers a wide range of different products.
Let's start with my absolute NUMBER 1, shall we?
Pacifica is my number 1 to go brand for all my skin care needs. I actually only discovered the company about a year ago - but I've been a huge fan ever since. Besides being cruelty free, organic and vegan, Pacifica also has the best packing ever! They are so fun and colorful!
Our mission is complete when we have delivered the best performing products, using safe ingredients, in recyclable packaging and components to the largest possible audience of beauty consumers. All Pacifica products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, and cruelty-free.
Pacifica color is formulated without: Animal testing, animal ingredients, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other ingredients you do not want on your skin. Plus all the good ingredients your skin craves.
You heard it right, Trader Joe's has some amazing hair and skincare products for even more amazing prices. They are cruelty free and many are formulated with natural and organic ingredients (not all, but many). Their shampoo and conditioner sets are 2.99$ each, and you just can't beat that. Don't let the low price fool you though - the products are extremely good. In fact, that is the only shampoo I use now. They also have hard soaps, shower gels, face creams and serums, coconut oil and much more.
C.O. Bigelow has been one of my favorite brands for a while. I especially love their lip balms and salves, as well as their amazing shower products. My husband enjoys their hard soaps and shaving cream. They also have a great array of other products - such as house cleaning products, products formulated specifically for energy or relaxation and much, much more.
Their lemon line is especially delicious. C.O. Bigelow is cruelty free (PETA confirmed) and they list all of their ingredients on the front of their packing so you can see exactly what you are buying.
I've discovered EVERYONE when I was looking for a good, ethical and fragrance free lotion (apparently the simplest things are the hardest to find!) I'm so happy to say that the lotion is now my most favorite lotion of all. Me and my husband both use it, hence the fragrance free, and we absolutely love it.
EO products are organic, gluten-free, GMO-free, cruelty-free and synthetic fragrance free.
Here's EO's little motto :
We think what we put on our bodies is as important as what we put in our bodies. We like to know what’s inside our lotions, soaps, and shampoos. So, here at EO®, we research, develop, manufacture, and ship our own products. We didn’t dream of being manufacturers--it’s hard work and often thankless. But we learned that the only way to ensure that the quality inside every bottle was up to our standards was to make it ourselves.
I cannot think of a better brand for people who are sensitive to perfumes and smells. They have a wide range of products from skincare to essential oils.
I have been resisting dying my hair for as long as possible. Granted I had dyed my hair a few times years ago: once back (a big mistake) and a few times into magenta-purple (that I loved). But as I grew older I found that I preferred natural hair color. Alas, the grey hair kept popping up (I have a hereditary early grey-hair).
But I never found a hair dye that would satisfy all of my needs. Mostly because they all STINK. Literally. The hair dye smell is horrid to me and it gives me headache. That's why I was so thrilled to find Herbatint - their hair dye have the most minimal smell I have ever experienced while dying my hair!
Plus they are all natural, vegan and cruelty free. I am planning on using this brand forever and ever. The stay of the air dye is also longer than the average one, at least it was for my hair. Absolutely recommend.
Those are my most trusted and favorite brands of skincare, cosmetics and haircare. Most of the products I own are from these brands. Next week I will make a 'minimalistic skincare blog post' , where I share my staples and favorites, so look out for that one.
Cosmetic Animal Testing is one of the cruelest industries in the world. You know why? Because it is the most selfish one.
Why must innocent animals suffer just so you can powder your nose or apply mascara on your lashes?
How often do you think about animal cruelty? I'm going to say not often, for if you did - you wouldn't be supporting all of the companies who still condone it. It's 2017 - why do companies need to test things still? Hasn't everything already been invented?
If it still needs to be tested - it makes one wonder - what is truly inside of out cosmetics?
I am not going to insert horrible pictures and facts that expose the cruel animal testing industry. It leaves me a blubbering anxious mess for days, so if you need proof - google it. I know I did, about 8 years ago, and for me everything changed on that day. I was so furious that I threw out about 90% of cosmetics and cleaning supplies I owned, just because they weren't on the cruelty free list. Excessive? Wasteful? Sure, I agree, but I couldn't stand a thought of supporting these companies and their practices even a second longer.
If you think that you not supporting companies who test on animals won't change anything - think again. Sure it won't help if only I do it. Or 10 people even. But what if there's a 100 of us? A 1000? A whooping 10,000? What happens then?
Companies start losing revenue. Don't believe me? Why do you think big companies such as Unilever and Johnson and Johnson started buying out smaller cruelty free companies and converting them to their practices? Because they couldn't compete in an honest competition. So they cheated.
Buying out smaller companies successfully accomplishes 2 things:
- It takes care of the competitor, for the competitor ceases to exist.
- They keep getting revenues from the people who were supporting the cruelty-free company previously (it takes a while for people to notice the change, for why would we read labels of the companies we already trust?).
Remember when St. Ives and Tresemme were cruelty free? Them being bought out came to be a very unpleasant shock.
Big companies buying out smaller ones is both bad and good.
It is bad, because we lose great companies that used to be ethical and made great product.
It is good, because it means that the animal testing companies are panicking.
It's easy to support cruelty free companies- all you have to do is read the label and look for a bunny sign on it. Some companies also just put words "not tested on animals" without the bunny sign.
You don't have to clean out everything you own and go buy all the new make up. But you can start shopping smart and choosing your products wisely in the future. Stop putting money in the animal cruelty. Please.
I understand that it is a long way for us to stop eating animals completely, to stop promoting fast fashion industry that abuses its underage workers. A long way to help the climate and clean up the pollution. But we can do something about Cosmetic Animal Cruelty now! It is not necessary and it is not ethical. All we have to do is:
- Stop buying from companies that still condone cruelty.
- Share the message of Cruelty-Free make up with our friends, and everybody else.
The results won't come quick, but they will in time. The companies will either be forced to stop their testing and convert to cruelty-free methods, or hopefully with time go out of business. But that won't ever happen if we all don't do our part.
There are so many great Cruelty-Free makeup companies - I am sure you will find all of your substitutes easily. And cruelty-free companies are very often also organic and natural - hence, better for you. Cruelty Free Kitty has a list (which they constantly update) of Cruelty - Free companies. Check it out below.
And if you need more inspiration about going cruelty-free check out Evanna Lycnh on Instagram (she's an actress who played Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter films). She is a great inspiration. Her Instagram link down below.
It's still a bit to go till the holidays start, but I know that this is when most people start their holiday shopping.
If you are like me, you are probably already dreading all of the useless knick knacks that people usually get as presents. Here is a little (self-comprised) guide on how to shop for people who have minimalistic taste and tendencies (I don't call myself a minimalist, but I do have minimal approach to many things in life).
Asking if a person needs something specific for the holiday season is only a good sense. Instead of buying cute, but useless things, you can gift things that somebody needs and will actually use! I don't know about you, but I end up re-gifting or donating many of small gifts I get, because I don't have any use for them.
- One gift is better than many gifts.
When it comes to minimal people that is. I'd much rather have one nice gift that I will use ( and therefore always think of the person who gave it to me) than many, many small tinker gifts that will just clutter my space. I hate clutter.
- Gift cards.
Many people think that gift cards are impersonal and just a cheap way out, but I disagree. As long as you know the other person's taste and ask for their favorite place to shop - you are doing them a big favor! I'd much rather buy my own things, as I am very picky, than trust people to buy them for me. So yes, give me all of the gift cards!
- Food baskets.
Food baskets is an amazing gift. they are personal (as hopefully you will be making them yourself) and it's food, so everybody needs it. As long as you know other person's taste, allergies and food preferences - you can create amazing food basket that they will enjoy and think of you while they do. Food baskets ideas: tea and cookies basket, coffee basket, granola and dried snacks basket, array of cheese basket.
When it comes down to it, people with minimal views on the world don't want any clutter, and wrapping up your presents in layers and layers of paper and bows will just make them cringe. Pick neutral colors, tie it with a simple ribbon and write a nice message on the card. Make sure that your wrapping is just as personalized as your gift for that person.
I am hoping to do a 'favorites' post every month - it will be comprised of random things I've enjoyed during the month. Music, anime, books, food, etc.
Favorite song: I had two one repeat this month
A soundtrack from Seven Deadly sins anime - Seven Deadly sins by Man with a mission.
And since it is October: This is Halloween from The nightmare before Christmas
Favorite anime: You'd think that I'd watch something scary this month, but I haven't. At all. I binge watched a lot of Cardcaptor Sakura (they have it on CrunchyRoll) and Avatar the last Airbender (I know it's not technically an anime, but it just feels right to put it with others. I love Avatar so much - I don't think there ever will be a show as good as avatar. My favorite characters are : Zuko and Sokka (but I honestly LOVE all of them so much!). I've also watched The ancient magu's bride, but I wasn't much into it. I loved the animation, it was beautiful and the magic system was unique, but I couldn't stand the main character. Maybe I will do a mini review on that. I will watch the next episodes, hopefully I will change my mind and start liking it.
Favorite TV-show: This one is easy. Stranger Things (season 2) no competition. Binge watched it in one and a half days. So good. Favorite characters this season are: Dustin and Steve!
Favorite book: I've read 10 books this month, but many of them were barely mediocre. My favorite one was actually a re-read, And then there were none by Agatha Christie. And the short novella The emperor's soul by Brandon Sanderson. I highly, highly recommend those two.
Random favorite: random favorite this month goes to scarves! I've been wearing a scarf every day - I love Autumn weather and I love, love scarves! (P.S. this picture literally looks like me)
Favorite beverage: What a better question than to finish favorites with a favorite drink? And no it's not PSL! I'm not into that (although I did use to work at Starbucks). I'm pretty boring when it comes to my coffee - it's usually a vanilla flavor,or no flavor at ll. I've been drinking just regular coffee with milk, raw sugar and whip creme on top a lot lately.
With everything that's been going on around in the world sometimes all we want is to get lost in a good book or a good film. Studio Ghibli films have an amazing ambience around them - they make you feel cozy and warm inside. Their world is so full of details you feel literally immersed in it for the duration of the movie.
And you have never seen a Studio Ghibli film then exit this post and go watch one.
Here are some names:
- Kiki's delivery service
- Spirited away
- My neighbor Totoro
- Howl's moving castle
So how can you feel as you living in a Studio Ghibli film? Obviously, we can't make spirits appear or do magic, but here are some things you can do that will make your life just bit more 'magical'.
1. Go outside more!
Studio Ghibli always has the best landscapes - they are so vivid and magical and full of details. Obviously - this is an animated movie. But if you go outside more and start noticing your surroundings you might find things to be just as beautiful where you live.
The goal is to enjoy the scenery where you live - you have mountains? Great, go hiking, ocean - go swimming or walking on the beach. Sandy dunes? Sandy landscapes have a beauty on their own.
2. Pay more attention to small details.
This goes hand in hand with number one, but notice your surroundings. Stop and smell the roses. Take in the details.
You may see things in an ordinary place that you've never seen before.
Also recently, seasons have been going on so fast - we barely notice the change. If you pay closer attention you will see those first read leaves, the first snow covering the ground and the very first leaf buds after the winter has ended.
3. Do something you love and do it well.
Obviously for 90% of people doing what they love and making money out of it- sadly is not possible. We often have to do other work to sustain ourselves financially, sometimes even abandoning our hobbies and things that make us happy. But it doesn't have to be so.
We can still do things that make us happy, even if we don't get monetarily rewards out of them. Instead we get joy, and that if you ask me, counts for a lot. And who knows, if you keep doing what you love, keep persisting and getting better at it - the day might come that it will become your job. Your dream job. and then it won't feel like work anymore.
4. Have beautiful and delicious tea-'parties'.
I don't know about you, but every time I see people having tea in Ghibli movie I drool. They take their tea drinking very seriously - they make it art.
So, have a tea party! By yourself if you must. There's just something magical when you have a perfect cup of tea, and some yummy desert on the side - and just take your time enjoying it. Autumn weather is perfect for tea-parties, the tea will make you warm and cozy.
5. Pay more attention to your food.
If Studio Ghibli tea portrayal doesn't make you drool, then their food surely will!
Slow down and enjoy your food - appreciate the color, taste and smell. Put down your phone. Just eat - and enjoy the experience. Studio Ghibli makes us feel magical - like time have stopped, by paying attention to every day details we can feel like that every time.
6. Don't lose your curiosity.
Lastly - don't lose your curious spirit. Keep exploring, act like a tourist in your own city, go on adventures.
Adulting is hard, but it doesn't always have to be. Give yourself time to go back to your inner child and let it run free. Believe me, you will be much happier. For children don't care about status, money and comparison. They don't worry, they just live in the moment. So let yourself just live - even if it's for 5 minutes a day.
October is my favorite month of the year (and I don't really like Halloween that much). There's just something so perfectly Autumnal in the air in the month of October. I love September and November too, but October just has magic around it.
Here are some October recommendations to put you in a perfect Autumnal mood. I have some music, cartoon and book recommendations.
Music: Last Shadow Puppets album The age of the understatement is the most perfect October music ever! It's got a spooky feel to it, it's deliciously dark and it's just so darn good! Give them a listen! You won't regret it (they are British, wink wink). It's actually Alex turner's second band (the frontman of Arctic Monkeys, which I ALSO recommend).
Cartoon/movie: I know what you are thinking - it's easy, just watch any Halloween movie. Well, that's not what I am recommending here. I like to watch something that has perfect autumn feel and ambience. And Over The Garden Wall (mini series from Cartoon Network) is as perfect as it gets. I cannot recommend it enough.
Also, I feel like Kiki's delivery service is perfect for a warm Autumn night. Who's better than the world's friendliest witch to keep you company in October?
And if you are in the mood for something creepier, but still adorable you can watch The Corpse Bride.
Also, October, and just Autumn in general puts me in the mood to watch Harry Potter films. I don't know if I will have time to do it though, but I definitely want to.
Now I have some activities recommendations. Obviously there's pumpkin patches, hay rides, pole picking, drinking hot chocolate and stuff. All of that is great and lovely, but here are a few if you are not into all of the nature stuff.
I feel like October is a perfect month to go antique-ing and looking for hidden treasures in small shops.
Tea parties. Not like in Alice in wonderland, although if you are into that - why not? You just need a rabbit and a crazy hat and you are all set! It doesn't even have to be a party - just get some nice and delicate looking teacups, buy some biscuits and have a nice cup of tea with yourself. It will put you into a perfect Autumn mood right away, you will see.
And obviously, cozy up with a book! Here are just a few recommendations from me.
Stalking Jack the Ripper - although I haven't enjoyed this as much as I hoped I would I will still recommend this as a perfect October read - especially if you are looking for something gory and bloody.
Despite it being extremely hot outside (we are having Indian summer here in Pennsylvania) I am so happy that Autumn is here.
I never really decorate for any seasons, but this year I am so in the mood for it.
So, I was on the quest for:
Picture 1: I found an old milk jug at the house and painted it white. Then I also found this small gold ribbon and tied it on it. I bought these Autumn looking flowers at my local craft store (Michaels) for 5$. I find this piece to be minimal and very atmospheric and I love it <3
Picture 2: Everything was already in my bedroom (the shelf is a DIY and so is the frame with flowers- I collected and dried them up). I just added a small blue vase (had it in the house) and bought some Autumn looking flowers from Michaels (3$) for a nice color pop.
I actually think that the rusty orange flowers somehow bring the whole thing together - and I absolutely adore it.
It's a great example of how small details can definitely transform the whole room's ambience. It's the fist thing I see when I wake up, and it makes me pretty happy :)
Picture 3: Next I took a vase that I already had in the house and spray painted it white (it was bright blue before - not my thing). And yes, once again I put some Autumnal looking flowers inside of it. I know it's repetitive, but they all are so different - somehow it all just goes so well together.
I already had the LOVE sign, but I think that golden leaves in the flowers bring out the sign even better.
This one is situated in my living room's bookshelf. It's minimal and it's rustic, and it was only 2$ (for the flowers) + 7$ for white spray paint (but I used it on so many different things).
Picture 4: I also bought this awesome looking pumpkin. I try to stick to grey- white- black theme, so this is a wonderful pop of color for my room.
I placed it near the tv, on a small table that holds white flowers (couldn't take the picture due to horrible light).
This pumpkin is proof that decor doesn't have to be excessive, or big, or expensive (it was 5$). Little details have such a way of brining the whole room together.
Also, the less decor you have the easier into focus on it - nothing gets lost amidst the clutter.
Those are all of my minimal Autumn additions for this year. I added something small and bright in each room, and to me it made a huge difference. I also placed a Autumn wreath on my front door (no picture).
I had ideas of going with live flowers, but nothing really blooms anymore outside (I don't ever buy flowers - I try to scavenge what nature gives me). But maybe soon I can get some bright read laves to display in a vase. Or some very pretty twigs.
I am all up for free, nature decor (as long as it doesn't have any bugs on it).
When I first set out on a journey of decluttering and simplifying my belongings I decided to start with my closet. It just seemed like the most logical place to start. There are many reasons why to minimize and declutter, but I am not going to tell you why you should do it, instead I will tell you why I did it.
Reason 1. I have gotten quite tired of not being able to fit a single extra hanger on the rack, yet never having anything to wear that I truly liked.
Reason 2. I like to spend minimum time assembling my outfits.
Reason 3. I like to get good use for my money out of my items. Every time I see an article of clothing I never wore in my closet I internally cringe, thinking that I could have bought something way better in its place (like books, or sushi).
Reason 4. Having less makes me appreciate things I already have more. It sounds cliché, but it’s true. I have become very selective about things I own and things that I buy, so everything I own is truly loved and well used.
Reason 5. Minimal and sleek closets are very IKEA, and I dig that style.
I have been slowly and gradually working on my closet, but it is still not at the point where I want it to be, which is okay, because I am really enjoying the journey. Here are a few tips that helped me to start decluttering and refurbishing my closet.
1. Pick 3 words. These words will help you to define what is the most important quality when it comes to the clothing you wear. For me those 3 words are: comfort, confidence and simplicity. Through all of the years that I have experimented with different styles, I couldn’t understand why none of them stuck. I tried being edgy, I tried being girly, I tried so hard being boho. But every time I would assemble a style defined outfit I would feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, the outfits made me look good, I just had trouble doing some basic things in them: getting out of the car without something getting stuck, or lifted; eating without dipping my sleeves into my food; bending down…You know the struggle. Then I go and put on a good pair of jeans and a grey tee and I can breathe again. So I made comfort my number 1 priority when shopping for clothes - and everything changed. Now, I don’t mean that I go around wearing sweats and baggy shirts (although nothing is wrong with that if that’s your style) just the things I buy are not extravagant, or a one season styles anymore. I try to buy things that are timeless and simple in design. For when I feel comfortable and attractive in the clothes I wear, only then I feel completely confident.
2. Define your style. It doesn’t have to be an industry defined style, it just has to be you. If you are still experimenting with what style suits you best, try buying pieces that can be worn multiple times and that are easy to mix and match. If you already know what your style is, stick to the items that define it, and you will love everything that you have in your closet.
3. Work with seasons. If you want to go ahead and re-do your closet in one sitting, you can totally do that. But I learned that taking a “seasonal” approach to things works better for me. When I was “winter” cleaning, I only went through and discarded things that I would wear in that season. I left some of them as my “maybes” to see if I would wear them at all. Well I went through the whole winter only wearing about 4 of my favorite sweaters, one pair of jeans and a skirt. Recently I just discarded all of the items that didn’t even get touched in the winter. Now that it’s “spring” time I am going through my spring items. When you work with the seasons you get to see exactly what you wear and what you barely touch.
3. Pick a color scheme. You don’t have to, but it helps (especially when you are out shopping). When you stick to certain hues and colors, it’s much easier to shop, as viola, everything in your closet matches! It works very well with neutral colors: blacks, greys, tans. But if you are a lover of bright colors – make sure that they complement each other. Myself, I noticed that I am the most comfortable in greys, blacks and dark blues (might sound boring to some of you, but that’s okay), so for my color palette I chose: black, grey, navy blue and maroon (as my accent color). Now, that doesn’t mean that all of the closes I own are only of those colors, just most of them. I have whites, few hushed greens and some spring looking florals. As I am still in the process of building my “perfect wardrobe” I like to keep my options open.
4. Shopping ban. Put yourself on a “no shopping” challenge for any amount of time you feel comfortable with, but try to go without clothing shopping for at least 1 month. This little trick helps you to see what you have in your closet. It challenges you to create outfits with pieces that you already own, very often things that you long forgotten that you had. Exploring your own closet can be very fun sometimes.
5. Follow one in - one out "rule" This very common trick helps with keeping your closet manageable. If you just cleaned up your closet and then went and bought millions of new things to stuff back in there – well then why were you even cleaning in the first place? When you are still in the process of decluttering your closet try to only buy things that you really love, things that go with other things. Remember that you have to love that new item enough to be able to let go of something in its place. This also helps with compulsive shopping habits.
6. “Would you buy this in the store?” This little tip actually helped me a lot. When I went through my closet trying to discard things that I barely wore I kept asking myself “Would I pay money for this in the store right now?” Sadly, most of the time the answer was “no”. It showed me how little use I got out of the money I paid for that piece of clothing, as well as opened my eyes to some of my bad shopping habits.
7. Don't get too excited. When I first learned that stores like Style Encore and Plato’s Closet will give you cash for your clothes, I think I went a little overboard. I started looking for things in my closet that I could sell, not the things I just wanted to get rid of because I didn’t like them. I kept imagining all that cash that can be spent on some staples I still needed to bring into my closet. In the end, my happy bubble was obviously popped, as they give you very little cash (clothes are practically worthless, however if you bring some nice shoes or designer purses you can make some decent cash there). So, when decluttering, make sure that the items you want to get rid of are actually the ones you don’t care much for, not just the ones you think you could sell.
8. Visibility. I have noticed that having an open style closet really helps with clutter, as there is virtually no room for clutter to hide as everything is on display. I purchased a free standing clothing rack and a few of open shelves. All of my favorite things I hang on the rack, and then I fold my jeans and chunky sweaters to display them on the shelves. Undergarments and hosiery obviously stay hidden. However this approach only works if you have a walk-in closet, or just a really big closet. For smaller closets and closed drawers try using dividers as they will help to organize and increase visibility in a small space.
Here is a small gallery of inspirational images of extremely minimal, tidy and beautiful closets. I have taken these images from Pinterest (when most of the time it's impossible to find owners of the images), so if I used one of your images without the permission, please let me know.