I have just completed a 5,000+ mile, 2 month trip in a small travel trailer with 3 kids, hubby, and a bunny. We drove through 9 states and one province, going from Texas to Calgary and back. Our home is for sale (didn't sell while we were gone), and we are ultimately planning to live full-time on the road - eventually in a bigger trailer, though - with 3 rabbits and a cat and whatever other furry critters decide to take up residence with us.
We have returned to a 2400 sf house with all the amenities, and I am totally lost. I opened my closet yesterday to look for something to wear, after having less than 20 pieces in my wardrobe and wearing 2 pair of shoes for the past few weeks. Guess what? nothing to wear!
I have been decluttering for about 3 years now, attempting to get to this point in my life, but I still have too much. I have downsized my wardrobe significantly during the summer (donated to the victims of the Bastrop fire was my most successful venture).
I've been doing a lot of thinking about it, and I really like the 36-item-wardrobe idea. I'm not sure how that will work, in reality, though - because I'm not really a one-color-palette type of person. But, my other problem is that I have sentimental attachments to the rest of my clothes! In addition, I am 45 and suffering a bit of mid-life anxiety about frumpiness. Time for a change.
So, I have an idea: I'm going to get rid of EVERYTHING and start over, only buying quality basics that will work for mixing and layering. I will set a budget for shopping and start at thrift stores. If I truly can't find something I need, I'll look further, but I just don't think I'll need to. Houston has a plethora of resale shops.
Is this the antithesis of minimalism? Am I crazy?
And then ... I want to do this for my kids, too! I figure I'll start with myself and the toddler, then show the older girls that this could be rewarding, and hope they will join me.
thanks for awesome ideas!