I recently came across an article featured in Refinery29 that highlighted a girl who edited her closet down to one rack. That’s right, ladies. You read that correctly. One. Rack. When I first read the headline that read, Could You Edit Your Closet Down to One Rack? I thought hell, nah. As I read through the article though, I found myself really relating to the girl, Emily. Her attraction to timeless pieces, her outlook in changing up her hair, and her minimalist taste made me feel like I was reading my personal style diary. And then. I read, I don’t want to be cornered by my clothing. Yes! I internally screamed. I feel cornered by my clothing all the time. That’s it, I thought, I’m doing this.
Now, I didn’t jump out of my chair following my internal exclamation and start filling boxes. It took me some time to get over this annoying hoarder instinct I had to keep my clothes. I mean I might end up wearing that shirt shoved in the back of my closet, right?
When I was ready, I organized my closet in a way that separated my various pieces into categories, and I began the purge. Peace out, cardigans I never wear. So long, tunic I convinced myself I was going to wear and never did. Heels that I knew were going to kill my feet but were so cute? You’re out of here. Piece by piece and shoe by shoe, I bid half my wardrobe farewell.
This was incredibly freeing. I liked the idea of pieces finding homes that would actually put them to use. Admittedly, it took me a couple rounds to successfully narrow down my wardrobe. A couple mornings after the big purge, I added 3 more pieces to the charity pile. I thought, I haven’t worn this in 3 months, I’m not going to miss it.
I’ve always thought less is more and I’m overjoyed my closet now reflects that. Are you willing to try the one rack challenge?