A big concern about dressing with 33 items or less is boredom. We are afraid that we won’t have enough, and that we will get bored.
When I had a closet stuffed with clothes, I was often bored with my wardrobe and kept buying things to make it less boring. I was looking for that next piece, as if it would fix not just my next look, but other things in my life too. As if the right outfit would make me more interested, or interesting. Of course that never worked.
If you are bored with a big wardrobe or a small capsule wardrobe, consider that clothing might not be the issue. Instead of adding one more scarf, or trying a new lipstick color to spice things up, fight boredom with your wardrobe by considering what really interests you.
Dressing with less provides the time and space, but it’s up to you to take the next step and engage in what interests you most.
- Create a playlist with silly 80’s dance tunes … and dance.
- Find a local writing or wine tasting course.
- Organize a scavenger hunt for your friends.
- Start a blog.
- Take a yoga class.
- Attend a town meeting.
- Bake for your neighbors.
- Learn to meditate.
- Break up with your phone and other digital devices for 24 hours.
- Create your own 30 day health challenge; quit sugar, become a vegetarian, or drink smoothies everyday.
- Get a massage.
- Read Autobiography of a Yogi.
- Grow an herb garden with basil, oregano, and rosemary.
- Try a new recipe.
- Visit a new city.
- Read Man’s Search for Meaning.
- Take a long walk.
- Listen to a podcast that features inspiring interviews.
- Volunteer at a local homeless shelter.
- Trade your birthday for clean water.
- Give away 25 things that don’t matter to you.
- Smile and say hello to every person you pass for 48 hours.
- Take yourself out to lunch. Yes, alone.
- Read What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question.
- Pull the plug on TV, Hulu, Netflix for a week or longer.
- Cancel two appointments that aren’t important to you.
- Walk through a museum.
- Make a love list.
- Donate your books to a local retirement home.
- Turn inspiration into action and bring a crazy idea to life.
- Trade your car for biking, walking, and public transportation for 2 weeks.
- Create a meaningful morning routine.
- Send love letters.
The problem is not with the number of items in your closet, but where you choose to direct your attention. Take action with an idea from the list above, or make your own list.
You’ll notice less boredom in your wardrobe when you invest your time, money, and energy doing things that light you up.