My “Minimalist” Wardrobe and Closet Organization Tips

I’ve been working on minimizing my wardrobe for the past year and a half now and I’ve made a lot of progress, but I still have a lot more to do I think. In the coming months, especially if we end up living in our camper full time, I’ll be doing more downsizing. The reason I put quotes around minimalist in the title is because it’s not like I have a capsule wardrobe – far from it. I don’t have as many clothes as most people, but I surely don’t have a severe capsule wardrobe or anything. My goal is to have pieces that are good quality, that will last a long time, and that can be easily interchangeable with the other pieces in my closet.

In this post I thought I would share with you some of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe and some organizational tips that I find useful for keeping my closet clean and full of inspiration. 🙂

First, let me show you some of my go-to pieces for summer!

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This kimono is a new addition to my wardrobe and I got it from TJMaxx. I love that it goes with most of my clothes. I have a mustard crop top, an olive tank, and a peach crop top that pair perfectly with the colors in the floral pattern. It goes great with leggings, shorts, and jeans. I’m looking to find a solid colored dress to pair with it. It’s light, airy, and oh-so-comfortable! I can put it on and immediately I feel like a woman! I say this because having a newborn means that I don’t usually get dressed up and if I do, it doesn’t last long because it almost always gets puked or slobbered on.

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Next, is this olive tank top! I couldn’t get the color to show exactly in the photos, so here it looks slightly more purply for some reason. I love the way this one falls on me. It hides what’s left of my postpartum stomach (or just fat from snacking haha) and it’s comfortable to nurse in which for me is a huge plus. I also got this from TJMaxx.

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This mustard crop is one of my most versatile pieces (also TJMaxx). It has slits in the quarter length sleeves which I really love. I wear it with maxi skirts and pull the skirt up to a high-waisted length so that there’s no gap. Or I can slip the skirt down slightly to have a little bit of skin showing if I desire. This is also a nice post-workout shirt for around the house. After my workout I can just toss it over a sports bra and wear it with spandex shorts and it’s a great motivator for me to keep working on my abs! 🙂

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Next is this white off the shoulder top I got for $3 at Rue21 when they were having a massive sale. Now usually I wouldn’t recommend buying from Rue21 because everything I’ve ever owned from there has shrunk. But this shirt has not only held up well, but I think it is really flattering! I’m not going to lie, I feel like a fairy in it.. 🙂

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Next is one of my favorite dresses of all times. It is from my favorite clothing company ever, Krochet Kids International. The clothes are made from organic cotton and jersey materials by women in Peru and Uganda. Everything is so stylish, comfortable, and ethical. I’ve been trying to make my new pieces of clothing from ethical companies and small handmade businesses. You can really find unique pieces you can be proud of this way! I’m going to write a post about ethical fashion soon, so keep an eye out for that!

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This skirt is also from KKI and I love that I can wear it high waisted or regularly. The layered high-low look is so flattering and it’s the softest material as well! Another great thing about the KKI pieces is that each item is hand-signed by the woman who made it. You can look up the name on the website to read about the seamstress and even write a thank-you note!

I have many other items in my wardrobe but those are just some of my favorite go-to pieces that weren’t in the laundry!

Now for some quick closet organization tips:

  1. Take your closet door off – I find this forces me to look at what I have and visualize my clothing a bit more. It also keeps you from shoving stuff into a hiding place. If it’s open, there’s nowhere to hide junk.
  2. Store your out-of-season clothes somewhere out of the way. This allows you to only see the clothes relevant to the weather outside. This way, you won’t be distracted by the articles of clothing that you can’t wear.
  3. Finally, organize your clothes in a way that will help you easily and quickly put together an outfit. For you, that might be organizing by color. For me, I organize by sweaters, tank tops, tops, skirts, and dresses. I don’t hang my shorts or jeans because I find it is easier for me to choose them if they are folded on the top shelf. By having your clothes organized and in one place, it will be easier for you to put together an outfit because you’ll know where each item is.

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I hope these tips are helpful and that they inspire you to organize your closet! If you have any more tips that are helpful for you, leave them in the comments. I’d love to read them!

~ Makayla

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