Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. As you know I have been working hard to live a more mindful life, on every aspects of my life. One this that I am using mindfulness is in my clothing. We are used to buying clothes without giving much thoughts and that leads to more clutter. However, now I try to think mindfully when choosing my clothes. So, let’s learn more about mindful clothing.
What is mindful living? Mindful living is about living with awareness in the present moment. The mindful living meaning involves taking care of your actions, words, and feelings to ensure that you live a good and present life. It’s about not letting life pass you by while living in reactions and in your head. If you put the same concept in your clothing it can lead to declutter in your closet. Ever found a piece of clothing that feels so you that you reach for it over and over again? That’s because those clothes reaches your core senses and make you feel better about yourself.
Mindful living is not a fad. Some may think this lifestyle includes only things such as meditation and yoga, a healthy and mindful diet, and essentially smelling the roses while trying to live a present and stress-free life.It is far from a fad, mindfulness can be an invaluable life philosophy which can envelop every aspect of life— including shopping and style.
I am particularly guilty of being caught in the frenzy of marked down items and annual sales. We purchase things we don’t need, items that are neither our style nor flattering. Why? Because they are on sale. This is mindless fashion, not mindful. This particularly happens in our attempts to look trendy and sparkling new. As a result, we tend to over-purchase and end up with a closet that just can’t handle it anymore.
You don’t have to be complete minimalist to be a mindful fashionista. A smart and mindful shopper will carve out an afternoon just for shopping and will not settle for anything less than exactly what they are looking for. When you go shopping close your eyes and focus on the feeling of the fabric. Do you like how it feels. Then ask yourself the following sets of questions: Does this look flattering? Does it have a timeless quality to it? Is the fabric great? How does it make me feel? If the answers to all of the questions are positive then you are good to go. When you are shopping online ask yourself the same question. However, since you can’t feel the fabric, come back to the clothing several times and ask yourself the same questions and see if the answer changes. Coming back to the cloth gives us a chance to reset and and really think more openly.
Mindful shopping is a practice of mindful living. Taking the time to actually choose shop, will actually help you save money and, in turn help you minimize clutter in your closet, since you will only buy what you need. I will give you an example, recently I took few days to go through part of my closet and looked through each of my clothing and asked myself the questions above. Before I knew it, I had boxes of clothes for the donation pile. Now imagine, if I did this for all of my clothing.
My dear beautiful lovelies! Mindful clothing is not a minimalist approach. However, being aware of your shopping and clothing will help you save money and declutter in the process. Next time you are browsing for clothes online or are in a store, please ask yourself the above questions and follow mindful shopping habits and see if that makes a difference.
I would love to you if mindful clothing helped you become more aware of your clothing and shopping and helped you declutter. Looking forward to your comments.
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