The first topic I considered on The Adagio Talk was connected to a documentary I saw in Netflix, Minimalism: A documentary about the important things. You can find the stories regarding this topic in my Instagram highlights entitled “AdagioTalk”. The gist of the documentary was basically that, in order to have more of what’s important (more time, more space, more freedom and contentment) it is necessary to get rid of something. And that’s what minimalism is all about, having more by having less.
I know, that sounds like a cheap American slogan, but the point is, you cannot have everything in life, so you have to choose, what are your priorities and what you are fine in giving up.
Example. I like to have space in my wardrobe. I hate the feeling of having a wardrobe cluttered with clothes and stuff I rarely use. The thing is, I cannot have a lot of clothes and at the same time a neat and minimal wardrobe. So which one do I feel better about giving up? A lot of clothes (of which half I never use because they don’t fit well/are not my style) or the zen feeling of having a very ordered wardrobe, containing only those few clothes I actually love to wear? The answer for me was not difficult to give.
That’s how I decided to get rid of most of my clothes.
You might already see that the reason behind this decision is not only connected to being sustainable, but also because I am a little of a clean freak and the thought of having a chaos behind that walk-in-closet door just makes me lose my marbles.
The main reason for my decision, though, is about buying responsibly. How many times we go to a shop, especially during the sales, and just buy something because is cheap and cute and end up never wearing it? That kind of move, even though at first it might have felt like a smart one or even a bargain, is actually not doing any good to anyone. Not to you, to your wallet, to your wardrobe and, if we want to look at the bigger picture, it is definitely not doing any good to the environment.
What’s the point in owning clothes we don’t like or don’t dress us well? Because they were cheap to buy, you might say. But is it beneficial if you never use them? Because if I have few clothes I need to wash the laundry more often. I have an answer to that too, but it is a longer one and it will be exhaustively explained in the next blogpost.
What will I do with the clothes I don’t want to keep, you might wonder? Present to friends and/or donate. If something didn’t suit for me, it doesn’t mean it cannot suit anyone else, right?