5 minimalist New Year Resolutions

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Here are five minimalist New Year Resolution ideas for those of us whose resolutions don’t include diets, meditations, gym memberships, giving up certain foods, or yoga!

1. Resolve to start a Capsule Wardrobe.

Both The Project 333 and Unfancy have great tips on how to start. As someone who started a Capsule Wardrobe 4 years ago and never looked back, I can guarantee you won’t regret it!

2. Resolve to edit your photographs.

Don’t keep photos that make you sad, make you feel bad, or make you angry. Let them go. Keep only the pics that represent the best times of who you are and what you want life to be.

3. Resolve to get rid of your fat (or thin!) clothes.

Donate – or ditch! – anything that doesn’t fit who you are, here and now. Then, if your body should change, you’ll deserve new clothing, won’t you!

4. Resolve to mend what is broken.

All those items you have that are broken and need fixing, from windows to buttons missing from coats. Make a plan to fix them – and follow through!

Life is too short for broken things.

5. Resolve to edit your relationships.

Make sure the people around you make you happier, support you, and love you.

Get rid of the “psychic vampires” – those people who make life miserable, and seem to thrive on discord and discontent!

Remember: you are a reflection of the five closest people to you. Make sure they’re people you would choose to reflect.

5 minimalist New Year Resolutions

Creating a capsule wardrobe for work

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A great working wardrobe consists of:

  • Clothing that serves your needs. Can you move in it? Does it cover your body appropriately? Is the cut and style suitable for your profession?

  • Clothing that fits you well. Is it roomy enough? Can you bend and kneel if you need to, without your clothing pinching, tearing, or showing parts of your body you’d rather not show?

  • Clothing that is of the best quality you can afford. Do you present a tidy, well-groomed image? Does your wardrobe look stylish? Will it last more than one season? Is it made of natural fabrics that breathe, or will you sweat the moment the temperature rises a few degrees?

  • Clothing that looks great on you and makes you feel great. Do your clothes represent who you want to be, and how you want to be seen by others?

How many items do you need?

If you work a five day week you’ll probably need five tops, two bottoms (trousers or skirts), a good quality belt, a decent pair of shoes, and a jacket.

Separates work better than dresses, as you can mix and match between them.

You may also need a handbag or messenger bag, especially if you transport your lunch and / or computer to and from the workplace.

If you live in a cold climate, gloves, hat and scarf may be essential, and an umbrella or raincoat.

Check that you have the right underwear for your work wardrobe.

Creating a capsule wardrobe for work

General guidelines

  • Choose quality over quantity. Be selective. Save your money and buy few items thoughtfully and rarely rather than lots of cheap clothes.

  • Fit is important, especially in an active role. If you’re scrabbling down under desks on a regular basis, or bending over others to present your work, check your neckline and waistline carefully to ensure that nobody is seeing parts of you they might not want to see! “Plumbers cracks” and plunging necklines are never professional.

  • Keep the slogans, brand names and “bling” out of the office. Draw attention to yourself with the excellent quality of your work, not with the obnoxious nature of your clothing!

  • Keep scent levels low. Many companies are now advocating scent-free workplaces. Even if your workplace has no policy, it’s considerate to keep scent subtle. Ask a blunt friend to be frank with you if you’re uncertain about how much scent you’re using!

  • Do use deodorant! Yes. Please do.

Creating a capsule wardrobe for work isn’t difficult, and there are sites such as Project 333 and Unfancy to help you if you choose.

Just remember the key guidelines: Shop less, buy quality, choose wisely.

Shope less, Buy quality, Choose wisely