style / mindset / simplicity
style / mindset / simplicity
I'm big on really feeling the benefits that come from simplifying my life. I have little interest in decluttering and simplifying my life (or helping my clients do this work) if the efforts don't actually improve lives.
Sometimes all we need is ONE real benefit to shift our thinking. So, if you're still waiting for a good reason to simplify your wardrobe and your life, consider this... traveling becomes much, MUCH easier!
Ideally, in the process of simplifying, you declutter, purge and cultivate a wardrobe that contains only pieces you truly love. Then it's much easier to stay organized because you have less stuff. And loving what you have and being organized makes packing a snap!
Wouldn't it be awesome if packing for a trip no longer stressed you out? What if you could be ready for 'wheels up' in no time? Sounds pretty great, huh? (Sharing lots of travel thoughts here.)
Here’s how simplifying your life (especifically your wardrobe) makes traveling easier! And more fun…
No Packing Overwhelm
Once you declutter your wardrobe, packing for a trip becomes so much easier! Your closet holds only pieces you love. All of your clothing fits and flatters your body, right now. Everything is organized so you can see what you have and quickly gather the pieces you want to take. Honestly, this is basically reason enough to finally declutter!
Know your favorites
As you begin to curate a life that includes only things that spark joy, you start to identify your favorites. Unapologetically. You no longer settle for almost-good-enough in any category, including travel supplies. It was only after I decluttered all the crappy, bean-bag and inflatable travel pillows that I finally purchased one that really sparks joy. (Sharing my favorite travel essentials tomorrow on Instagram.)
By creating a life full of ‘favorites’, you weed out the junk. You uplevel every aspect of your life because you no longer tolerate what doesn’t work for you. For instance, during my decluttering project, it became crystal clear that I never actually use the ‘samples’ (little packets of moisturizers, shampoos, creams, etc) that I’d been saving to use for travel. So, I tossed them ALL and now I only take the products I know I love! In between trips, I keep my travel-sized bottles topped off and ready to roll.
Simplifying affects travel shopping two ways... By becoming a better packer, you’ll actually have room to bring a few things home... if you want. And since you only surround yourself with what truly sparks joy, you don't bring home a ton of junk you don't really love or need. (add link to travel post)
Here’s what I will buy when traveling… I prefer to shop outdoor/street markets when traveling. I love to buy scarves, jewelry, shoes, unframed art, simple items that will remind me of the trip. My favorites collected over the years include a small hand-painted ceramic bowl from Mexico that we use for sea salt and scarves purchase from street vendors in Paris and Madrid.
The Actual Packing
I’ve been COO (carry-on only) for over a decade. A beautiful bi-product of using a carry-on bag is that you’re forced to pack lighter, thus ‘decluttering’ the packing process.
I’m a rolling convert. I fought it for years but I now firmly believe rolled clothing takes up less space.
I also love packing cubes. They’re great for separating clothing into categories… workout clothes, sleep clothes + undergarments, tops, bottoms, whatever works best for you.
Take what you love. For years, I took my mediocre/okay clothes on vacation because I didn’t want to risk something happening to my favorite pieces. Now, I only own my favorite pieces so I happily pack what I love and wear those things with joy.
This might be one of the best perks of traveling post-decluttering! It’s SO easy to unpack because you didn’t have to trash your closet/bedroom before you left to find what you wanted to take. As part of simplifying and delcuttering, you create a place for everything. When you return from a trip, it's actually easy to unpack! Your suitcase, packing cubes, toiletries, clothing, and accessories can all be returned to their proper home.
Are we friends yet on Instagram? Hope so, because tomorrow I'll be sharing my favorite travel essentials!
Are you in the process of simplifying your life? What's one benefit that's surprised you?
Questions about creating a simple, authentic, beautiful life? Just ask.
Thanks for being here.