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Less stuff, more life. This may seem a little simplistic, but it really is true when it comes to living a more minimalist, decluttered lifestyle. The less stuff we have, the less clutter we have, and consequently, the fewer things we have to worry about. In this video, I share 7 practical habits that you can adopt to live a more decluttered, minimalist life, on a day to day basis.
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I live in South Florida, so my "uniform" is a tshirt and shorts. In the summer I wear white tshirts ( the sun gets intense sometimes.), and in the winter I wear any color. I'm retired and don't have to "impress" anybody. Makes doing laundry much easier. The only time I dress up is when I go out for dinner.
I like the idea with a little flexibility (i.e. colors, patterns). The older I get the less I like shopping. I prefer buying something that I see on display or get an idea off the Internet and purchase the same outfit.
I am a uniform guy. In fact I can wear anything as long it has a collar on it and not too fancy. I am not interested in cloths, fashion and stuffs. However I am not comfortable with renting because no matter how clean they are, I can't get over my insecurity regarding hygeine.
My home is literally filled with Amazon boxes. I have collected way too many junks. Amazon in my country gives free shipping if our total order costs above a threshold. And to get free shipping I have to order many stuffs that I don't need. They also sometimes give exciting offer and I cant help but buy lots of useless stuffs during those attractive offers. Also I don't want to to throw away the boxes that I get with amazon as sometimes these boxes come in very handy to store my electronic stuffs.
I learned about uniform dressing last year and I haven’t looked back. My wardrobe is black and white. Usually black on the bottom and black or white on top. I always look nice, get a lot of compliments and never stress about what to wear or if something goes with something else. I do, however, agree that quality and simplicity is key.
I have done the uniform style for decades. Its so easy and convient. When I decluttered I discovered I am a collector of all kinds of things and was shocked at the extent of what I have. I organized it all and stayed away from stores for a long time until I used up most of my consumable stash and donated what I wasn't using. Thanks for your constant tips that help me keep on track ;)
I’ve been wearing a “uniform” for years and it really works to help me not only be able to put looks together quickly, but get out the door in the morning as well quickly. I wear black pants and shoes and switch out colorful tops. Funny enough, no one even notices I wear the same style of pants every day! Since I keep the bottoms (and all my under garnets) simple black- I spend more money on good quality items and own less items.
I think clothing rental for special occasion outfits is genius. I also quite like the idea of a uniform, and it's something I'm considering doing for work. I would be quite happy putting the colour into my make up and jewellery. I love that one of the kitties popped in! Was that paislee (?) Or malee (?)? I'm not sure I have the right spelling! Lots of love xxx
I just realized that I have a uniform (T shirt and shorts) all year round. I live in a tropical climate and I like to think of myself as a beach bum.
Renting is the way to go; I was invited to a wedding which requited a tuxedo; the renting was the best thing; I don't have to worry about anything, begging from the finding the right size ending with socks and shoes.
By the way, I love the way you move your hands while you're talking.
I love the idea of a uniform. Mine is a pair of jeans, T-shirt/blouse/cami, and a blazer/cardigan. Problem is my current employer only allows jeans on Fridays. I typically choose the same items but swap out the jeans for slacks. I have so much “stuff “ but do plan to start taking piece by piece and sell on a few sites to help pay off debt. If they don’t sell in 3-6 months then I’ll donate responsibly. Definitely working towards minimalism.
When I first had my first child I worked in the health care field & I always just wanted to slap on a pair of patterned clean scrubs on my days off when I had to go somewhere. My husband said no way I couldn't just wear only scrubs all the time. It was weird. But I said they should be called life uniforms b/c it's so easy not to have to worry a out what fits & what matches blablabla That was 11yrs ago. I guess I was ahead of my time!
I love the idea of a "uniform" for those that have anxiety about clothes/shopping/get dressed. Me, however, I love style and change and spunk...could never have a simple boring uniform. Too predictable!
I kind of have a uniform - I possess several types of clothing (pullovers, pants, dresses, etc.) in similar or identical styles in a small range of colors; all of them are cuts and colors that flatter me most. Since I've started shopping like this, I am very content with my wardrobe. I always ask myself: "If I was wearing this, would I wish to be wearing something else instead?" The answer to this must be NO, otherwise, the purchase is not worth it. All my clothes are my favorite clothes now!
No - not a uniform, but I like the capsule wardrobe idea where you pick a color palette and make sure all of your clothing pieces fit in the color scheme. This can be much more creative than the uniform, but can also limit the number of items of clothing you keep. The other thing I like is an app called StyleBook. Using this app you have a photo of every piece of clothing you own, and you create Looks for you to wear. It is helping me coordinate my clothing more successfully. I have fewer clothing items, but more combinations.
Uniform great.... I wear jeans tee shirt and hoody every day for work same style different colour. Weekends I go wild..... switch it about from skirts to dresses. Keeps my good stuff looking great and work wear well used.
I think the rental of clothes is a good idea. If it not expensive. Would I ware a uniform. Yes, but maybe to not the same color of shirt everyday. The same style just a different color. You could always just add a necklace, it sweater or scarf to change it up. Just a suggestion for thoes that want to ease into maybe doing a uniform.
I love the whole uniform idea. It saves you money that you’re not wasting on fast fashion that might not even flatter/look good on you anyway. The uniform gives you character and will make you feel confident and ready for the day. For me, my “uniform” is yoga pants, a tank top, running shoes (jacket optional). I’m a student at university, so I’m always in class, or studying. Plus I like to maintain a healthy lifestyle as best as I can, so after class and studying, I can just head straight to the gym. Perfect “uniform” 👌🏼
Edit: plus, when you DO dress up for a special occasion,etc. you really stand out and it looks like you really out did yourself 👍🏼 (since everyone is used to seeing you wear your uniform on the daily)
I don't rent because I like to make alterations for my odd shape. I also don't do a uniform, because I had to for a job and hated it. I need to feel unique in my clothes. I usually get them second hand.
I kinda never have the stress of what to wear to work.
There were places that required an uniform.
Or when I worked in a factory, i had to go with clothes I knew were going to get damaged.
In my current job, my favorite pant got white paint on.
I still wear it, because it makes me look good.
And is comfortable and I can bend and it just feels nice.
Is the Alina Legging from NYDJ, I bought on amazon when it had a special going on, still expensive for me, and I didn't know how it will fit.
Totally worth it.
Thanks! You made me realize that I have unconsciously created a "uniform" of outfits that suit my life style and body type. What I haven't done is get rid of the clothes and shoes that I don't feel good and comfortable in. That is going to start right now.
I think clothing rental is a *fantastic* idea, especially when you consider special occasions. Let's face it, men can rent a tux or formal wear whenever they want but women usually buy a dress for every occasion. Especially if you're weight fluctuates like mine. Then you have to add matching shoes, bags, the right jewelry, maybe gloves, etc. And they wonder why we take up most of the closet space?
👍 I like the uniform idea, and I pretty much follow it. I accidentally bought 4 black cargo style capris and wear them often at the summer camp/ before and after school program I work at. It bothers me a bit to think people think I wear the same thing every day, but I have to get up at 5:40 am every day, So having an easy wardrobe makes it a little more bearable. You are killing me with that cat, I am laughing so hard trying to listen to you in this video and the poor kitty’s 🙀 face is being bobbed all over the place, it is hysterical LOL
Even if we have lots of clothes, many of us end up wearing the same thing over and over anyway. I like the idea for myself cuz it gives me permission to do something that used to be taboo. It isn’t for everyone but I am so glad our society has started accepting this idea. It isn’t “strange” anymore. In fact, its smart, efficient and freeing!
Great video with great information! As far as a uniform for me personally, I guess I kind of already have that - especially in the warm months. I wear tank tops (or t-shirts) and shorts. In the cooler months I like to wear a variety of styles. I think just renting an outfit for special occasions is an excellent idea! Men already do that by renting tuxedos for proms, weddings, etc., because most men do not own a tux. I love your cat, by the way! What a beauty!
I love the idea of a uniform. Less decisions to make in the morning - less stress. And I would definetely rent a dress for a special occasion. What's the point in owning something you might only wear once a year or less?
Uniform is a no no.. boring.. I do believe in minimalism I shop only when I need and not because there is a sale or I need a retail therapy. But that doesn't kill the joy of wearing diff outfits every day
In 3rd grade my daughter wore the same jeans and t-shirt everyday. It wasn't something I wanted to fight about so I went out and bought her 5 pair of the same jeans and 5 of the same t-shirt. I told her teacher she was clean and happy, so no worries. That was one of the easiest years to get her ready for school. (The hair was another matter!)
I wore a "uniform" when I worked for a bank in the late 80's and early 90's. The only thing I had to buy were nylons. Life was easy especially since I was a new mom. I was also on a school Parent Advisory Council where we tried to get parents on board for uniforms, but the wealthier families refused to get on board because they needed their children to flaunt their wealth. The less fortunate were constantly playing the one-manship game and this lead to bullying, theft and all sorts of other negative behaviour. The only way uniforms in school are worn is by attending a private, elite school where it is mandatory-again how sad this is for those who don't attend such schools. Individuality is not squashed by what you wear, but by what you do and how you contribute and treat others.
We LOVE the idea of renting a gown for a super fancy event! Will definitely try that out next time!
Also, Clean My Space fans; we have an interview with Melissa up on our channel now + it would be awesome if you all could check it out! We had SO much fun with her!
I couldn't do a uniform. I'm not a super creative person; however, I creatively express myself through the outfits I wear and I really enjoy that. I was a home health nurse for a while and had to wear a uniform...I feel like it killed my soul and I'm so grateful to now have a nursing job, in an office environment, where I can dress up as myself :)
I wear a black t-shirt and blue jeans daily. I own 7 black t-shirts and 5 pairs of blue jeans. So I was wear and wash and wear, it’s ok however I have had people say “are you wearing the same clothes again”! And some friends have actually offered to buy me some clothes 😂 some friends have even left a bag on their “old clothes” on my door step. So it’s embarrassing at times. I now tell people “I am a minimalist and like to be organised and on always on time, so my clothes are CLEAN and I have a lot of the same thing as it makes my life easier”.
A personal uniform makes so much sense!
I can't believe I didn't think about it while at the same time also kind of doing it with my internet bought t-shirts and my cheap walmart pants. I guess I should improve upon my every day outfits if I want to make it easier to just put a shirt and some pants in the morning without looking like a crazy person.
I love having a uniform. I'm a nurse, so when I worked in a facility that required me to wear a uniform I was happy about that. When I work in a place where it's "business casual" it's such an annoyance having to figure out what to wear all the time. So I made a "uniform" I have a pair of comfortable yet office friendly shoes, 2-3 pairs of black pants and 5 tops, 1 dark wash jeans for casual Friday and that is what I wear every single week. I have a couple of occasional tops if I ever feel bored or there's a special event, I wear those. Sometimes I miss the days I was a student. my uniform used to be dark blue jeans, a black v-neck t-shirt, and a zip-up hoodie and running shoes. I had a couple other colored t-shirts in my closet on days I was bored with the black. I think for women especially wearing the exact same thing every day won't work but having a capsule wardrobe really helps!
I don't like the renting outfits idea, because I'm plus size and dress very simply/don't attend many events, finding something I like and that fits is a pain. So having to do that will be more of a time-consuming inconvenience. If I was someone who was slim and needs to attend formal events, I would be renting all those evening dresses, not buying them...because they are expensive and most only get worn once.
Since I got married I've been so busy that I ended up adopting the uniform concept without even realizing it. I started buying long cotton casual dresses and ended up with nine of them. Exact same style but different colors and patterns. I wear them with simple white sneakers and white Bobby Sox. I get compliments on them from strangers. They are very pretty and incredibly comfortable. Now I never have to wonder what I'm going to wear or if it will look halfway decent on me. It has simplified my life immensely.
I had a huge weight gain and didn't have any choice but to choose a "uniform." I found a pant and a top in a plus size catalog and when I knew that they fit, I ordered 6 more of each. My body measurements don't match up so it's hard for me to find my size in different stores or even online. My stomach makes me have to wear a bigger size top than I would just for my chest so I have to go up one or two sizes, same with bottoms. As I lose the weight I hope to get my choice of wardrobe back, because I used to love dressing up!
As for renting clothing, I'm not sure I like the idea that someone else has worn the clothes and returns them as they could have fleas or bedbugs. I don't know the company's policy is on how they clean items and sanitize them before they go out to another customer. I guess it would be like thrift store shopping which I avoid for the same reason. The smell alone that never leaves thrift store clothing is enough of a deterrent for me.
I like having simple work outfits for two weeks, so I can minimize laundry time. Then I need special outfits for conferences. I love the idea of renting or borrowing an outfit. I bought a gorgeous fancy dress for one event. I've been trying to give it away for years. 2018 is the deadline.
I have been doing this “uniform” thing for years my family always have I have a different set of clothes for work, shopping, going out to dinner ect, gardening/paint or home maintenance, and exercise and I lay them out in the morning so as I need to change during the day their all there ready so it’s quick ( I always wear tidy clothes out so if I’m painting and have to pop out get something I just make a quick change and go) it makes life easier and I circumstances when I have double up for the same clothes but use them for different things I just pop a little label on them so my “good” clothes stay nice
I also cycle my clothes down the line so “good” clothes that get worn, become workout get or gardening/painting clothes then from there they become rags, gardening ties, or knotted dog toys.
I love your channel. My husband and I have watched your videos for a few good years now. We are parents with two kids, leading a minimalist inspired lifestyle. I did find it a little amusing though that you are saying you lead a minimalist lifestyle when so many of your videos are about things we need to buy. I'd love to see less of those and more of these. 😊 minimalism is more than just decluttering, its living without things we dont need like TV or shutting internet off for a few days to enjoy the essence of life, slow down...
Thank you for the uniform tip! I have been trying to figure out how to go minimalist with my wardrobe and you just gave me the answer. I have a decently sized mix of things for all occasions but usually just wear jeans and tees (I'm a writer and a mom, no dating life, no professional appearances, so there's really no need to wear anything else). I think if I created a "uniform" tailored to my lifestyle I'd be a lot happier - and have less anxiety - when I look in my closet.
I love having a uniform. It makes everything so easy and it doesn't have to be boring. You can have a basic to go to, but when you wanna dress up (if you discover and know the style you like), just putting the outfits together in advanced will work just as well. I personally have basics and individual style pieces and i can more or less cross pair anything (I always think about, colour, fabric, stlye and season, that's why it works). And just so it doesnt become mundane, I rotate my clothes in between seasons, as I live in a country that gets very cold during the winter and I just need to wear a thicker skirt..
I've been going through my stuff in the last month, and taken loads to the charity shop, I'm dreading doing my loft, I did it few years ago and some how it's ended up filled again. Btw I love your nail colour x
I wear an uniform, shopping and picking out clothes has always been a struggle for me. So when I find something I like, I buy 3 or 4 items. I am 44 years old and I finally have a closet full of clothes I like. I even have bought for years to come before this style goes out of fashion. Black maxi skirts galore! It's so liberating!
My uniform is dresses. I love them and a lot of them I can wear for 2-3 seasons. I have about 15 that I rotate through. And I do wear jeans but not very often. For me it’s easy and I feel put together. And that’s nice on the days where I just feel like I could sleep a week and drink a bucket of coffee.
Great video. I do think their is still a stigma on the concept of “minimalist”. I almost wish we could come up with a different word for this. I don’t want to be a minimalist in the traditional sense. I don’t want to have a capsule wardrobe and have almost no possessions, etc. I want to live more minimally. There is a difference. I think some people go to the drastic concept and that scares them. I agree that I want to live more intentionally and think about my purchases and my possessions. I want to pare down my possessions so I don’t have an excess. In the past year I have gotten rid of over 2000 items in my home but I still think I have way more than a person actually needs to live. Although I’m happy with what I have and think it is a much more simple lifestyle, I wouldn’t consider myself even close to a minimalist.
Yes, I can wear the same uniform everyday to work. I recently met someone who did that and I was considering doing it myself. Now that I see this I just need to find what I like and I will for sure do it.
Melissa I have a question for you. Can you make a video about cleaning your house when it’s gotten so bad that you’ve got a fruit fly infestation? I think I brought them in on something, and because my house has gotten so bad they’ve found a new home. I’ve thrown away the garbage can they are in, the dishes they were on have been cleaned, and this morning I found them in my dogs food (I thought they were gone!). I know need to clean like my life depends on it but I don’t even know where to start. 😭 Think one of those hoarder house videos, but not quite as bad. Like I still have a floor.
Uniform, gerat idea! Helped me a lot whennIndecided to incorporate.minimalism in my life to pay off.debts and have a more quality filled life... I think clothes has taken control of most peoples lives already! haha...
btw, you are looking great Melissa, I've been a subscriber for more than three years I guess and I noticed having a child gives you a certain glow... love your vlogs and tips, helped me a lot!
dear amazin melissa
i very enjoy and learn your video clips although i have clean habits
but i have question
i have 2 amazing girl and i work all day their game room look like disaster every day and i give up
how can i organize the mess and cleaning? i do it only in weekeds when i have time
I'm ok with wearing similar clothes. Once I find something that fits well, I buy a couple colors. My husband, however has about 10 times the clothes that I do. He has his day job work clothes, business casual and then dress clothes like sports coats and suits for his 2nd job and church. Plus he's sentimental and keeps every tshirt. He uses our whole closet and I use our son's extra space because he is young. /End rant lol
Minimalism and simplicity is where it's at. We must question every expectation of life and become more intentional about the choices we make. Most things in life that we believe are essential are actually not. The key is to find a fine balance between being bloated and being deficient.
I lOVE clothing rentals! I rented a couple of designer maternity dresses for some special occasions! I got to wear some fantastic items that I would've have NEVER paid full price for (I probably wouldn't even try it on!)... Same thing now that I'm not pregnant, if there is a special event, I am definitely renting an AWESOME dress! :)
I sort of do the uniform thing in a way, but instead of wearing similar clothes everyday..I put together a number of outfits that I really like and that go well together, along with jewelry that works and I either take a photo of the outfit or write down what’s in it. This way I can just quickly “throw together” an outfit that always works. I do this for every season.
I like the variety my wardrobe brings, but my mother was and is always stressing about what to wear. Perhaps I will pass the uniform idea along to her. As far as renting outfits foes, I think it would be amazing with a maternity wardrobe or event where you needed a black tie gown and knew you wouldn't wear it more than once.
I think the clothes rental is a very nice service, especially for experience outfits or dresses. Guys have been doing it forever with suits and tuxedos. All the guys at prom had rented clothing but all of us girls had to buy ours. Same goes for my wedding, all the men's were rentals but all the females had to buy theirs.
I love the idea of applying that concept that Some things are in your life for a reason, some for a season and some for a lifetime. I don't call myself a minimalist because that gets all political and then people fight with me about what I'm doing. I guess I just call it simple living or maybe simple and easy living. I categorize my stuff into functionality, Comfort items and memories. I have used the uniform concept and have my clothes down to items that I just really feel are ME and are comfortable. I do buy things and the same style and different colors and this mix and match.
The moment you mentioned that you rented a $1000 dress for me brain storming! I thought it would be a great idea! Celebrities do it all the time, they are mainly advertising for the designer but still. I would love to have a different dress for every nice occasion, not that I have many. That's one less thing in my closet I have to have handy. I think it would be a great idea to have a shop or online service where it could be possible but Americans always want to buy everything for themselves. They never want to just rent.
I love the idea of a uniform, I kind of already do it. I bought a few jeans from Hollister because they are the only ones that fit me right, and I won't go buy any other kind. Of course its easy to keep the same clothes if you weight doesn't change. A route to people's issues is they don't know how to maintain themselves such as health, that can make a lot of other things difficult.
Once I select an outfit that usually stays an outfit for a good while LOL I just put them on rotation and I need to put more in the mix because I travel and downsized but I'm not happy with what I have for summer so I need some new stuff to throw in and get rid of some things I no longer like as well
Before I made my uniform (black pants, white shirt, black sneakers), I used to literally sit in my closet staring at my clothes wondering what to wear. Did I have to wear stockings with this outfit (olden days) or could I wear knee highs? Am I doubling up on an outfit this week? Because other women notice and they aren't afraid to say so ("didn't you wear that on Monday?"). When I add something new it's another pair of the same pants in the same style (thank you Amazon for remembering) or shirt and I'm done. Love it!
Being self employed, my "uniform" is the classic t-shirt and jeans variations (with a selection of sweaters for Autumn and Winter) in various colours. I have black, dark and light blue jeans, a good mix of colours for my t-shirts (some stripy or patterned) and a good mix of colours and thickness of sweaters and I'm good to go. I like the idea of renting clothing for special occasions rather than spending loads to wear something just the once. Great tips as always. Thanks!
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