Terrific Broth

The life of two scientists, creating a small home, in big mountains

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Minimalist Wardrobe

Look at this baby:

Is it your closet? You may ask. No… I wish. But I am getting there.

It is possible for me to have such a closet. I only wear black, white, blue and grey, I wear two pairs of shoes for the whole year, and I work in academic so nothing is too causal.

It is also great for me to have such a closet. I do not take pleasure from anything appearance-related (including cosmetic), I do not want to spend more than 5 minutes in the morning to get ready, and I only allow a small budget for clothes.

So there we go, when I heard the concept about minimalist wardrobe like this “50 item wardrobe“, I am like “Woohoo! Now I finally have an excuse to do this!”. it is like that being part of a movement made it more legit to dress simply. And this feeling is wrong wrong wrong in many levels: First, when do I ever feel guilty about not dressing up? I is true that I was told that wearing only black is “depressing” and “uninteresting” but who cares right? People should wear what makes THEMSELVES feel good and look good, not for anyone else’s opinion. Second, why do I worry that underdressed will make me “uninteresting”? If you are a fond of me, either as a friends or as a romantic partner, you probably see pass my worn-out grey T-shirt and are more interested what beneath (my heart and soul of course). So why bother to worry how other people think of something they do not even care?

But I still felt guilty enough to keep lots of unworn, colorful, and “interesting” clothes that I might never wear in my closet. So for a change, I am gonna ONLY keep the clothes that brings me joy and I cannot wait to wear. I am part of the movement now and this makes me feel like a bad-ass feminist more than ever.

Anyway, I am here, inspired by Hej Doll. She had this wardrobe which is greeeeat. You can tell that she really does “buy less, choose well, pay more“, She owns only 50 items that are in good quality and can last many washes. They also go with each other whichever way you pair them, which makes travel very easy. She has this amazing series called Travel Light which teaches how to pack light and travel for 10 days with just a carry-on.

I probably will never get to as few as 50 items, because I will live somewhere with four seasons and I have lots of stuff for skiing. I made a list of the cloth I am atively wearing and there are about 60 items if we do not count sport clothes. 🙂

And here is what I have done:
1. Donate everything I have the opportunity to wear but rather not, regardless for what reason;
2. For the ones does fit and I do not hate, box and store everything I have not worn in the past two years and I will donate them by the end of this year if I still have not worn them;
3. Only buy a piece of clothing if I cannot wait to wear. It is OK I have something really similar in my closet;
4. Only buy shoes to replace the current ones. So that means one in, one out.
5. Buy quality, not quantity. And only go to the mall/online when I need something.

I actually did my purge in September and have lived by these rules for the last three months. The result is great. I did added a couple more exercise clothing, aka yoga pants, but in general my closet has been getting smaller and it has been much easier to get ready in the mornings. On weekdays, since I only have two jeans – blue and black. So which jeans I wear automatically decided which shoes I wear. The only decision I make is which grey T-shirt I wear with the black jeans or which white T-shirt I wear with the blue jeans. I wear black tops if I feel fancy. Most my jackets and coats are hanging by the door so I just take the one on my way out depending on the weather. On weekend I wear leggings with Tunic and boots. It. Is. That. Simple.

Maybe one day I will have Seth Brundle’s closet  – Well I am still afraid people around me will think that I am a freak. But maybe 5 years later I will be “who cares”, right?

Sp how do you organize your closet? Do you purge?

Three weeks without smartphone

It has been three weeks since I stopped using my smartphone. It was not voluntary – hubby broke the screen of my HTC OneS three weeks ago and we have trouble getting it fixed. I was pretty bummed out first, but three weeks in, I am kinda of loving it! My life has been so easy and… free? I feel more relaxed without a smartphone.

Fewer distraction and more focus

I used to get constant reminders from my phone – events and meetings, work emails, to-do list, friends’ Facebook activities, and so on. They occupied my mind and really distracted me from the present tasks. It is like waiting for an important phone call, I felt anxious missing anything important. As soon as I started not carrying a phone, I was able to focus on the current moment. And it has been so productive for me. Another reason I think – when I cannot put stuff on my digital to-do list, I just deal with them right away. it sounds so silly but it really prevents me from procrastination. 🙂

Think for myself

I also feel like that I have a lot of free time without a smartphone. The constant connectivity did me more access to more information, but browsing does take time. I used to watch and read stuff online non-step, one youtube video after another. I do not even discuss the stuff I watched with hubby and friends, I just send them a link. It left me no time to process the information I got. Now when I step away from my computer, I can really digest what I read/saw earlier and think a little deeper about the issue. These blank moments here and there really makes a difference on my information processing. So when I return to my computer or tablet, instead of just “watch next”, I have a question in mind and actively research new information.

Do I have to talk to people now?

Without a smartphone, I interact with people more now. Without a phone on my fingertips, I started to look at people in their eyes in the elevator and talked to people who shared rides on my commute. The experience has been so positive. I guess the news nowadays, at least from the news media I follow, like NPR, are largely negative and have made me so cynical, But when I interact with people, I am amazed that how nice people are and it really makes me happy.

Better Sleep

The biggest change is really unexpected – I sleep better now. Maybe it is because I do not read from my phone in bed anymore. I used to bring my phone to bed when I felt sleepy and browsed Pinterest – usually ended up felling asleep an hour later. Now I bring Roxie to bed and cuddle with her – 2~3 minutes and I am out. It is so silly and magical – I think my dog loves it too!

More connection, not less

The only time I wish I had my phone was on my birthday, which was last week. I was looking forward to talking to my sister and a couple old friends. But hey, I now have my contacts transferred so I can contact them any day – why just birthdays? Something about owning a landline made me want to call people. For some reason, owning a cellphone made me feel the opposite – isn’t it weird?

Be a smart owner of a smartphone

There was some inconvenience living without a phone but thankfully because I work in an office with a landline, the problem has been very minor. Hubby and I communicate using my office line. And we are fine without communication when I go to gym or run errands by myself. It reminded me my childhood, playing with friends in the field and only going home when it got dark. I had much better sense of time back then and never missed my dinner.

As much as I enjoy not having a phone, hubby insists I get one again. But after this experience, I hope to keep some of the good habits I started. I always have the choice to turn my phone off, or put it in my bag, and reclaim my life. One thing I will definitely not change, is to bring my puppy to bed every night. She is so cuddly!

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