A few years ago I had my DNA test. I wanted to know about my ethnic background. I knew I was a mutt. I have dark curly hair...did my hair come from Irish decent, Scottish, African, this is what I really wanted to know.
I think everyone should have a DNA test done. Watch this video, these people were sure they know who they were. After their DNA came back some of them found out the countries they hated were their countries also.
I used 23 and me to test me DNA. Here is my ethnic breakdown:
Other interesting details I found through 23 and me:
I mentioned to a colleague a few months ago that I was leaning toward starting a minimalist lifestyle. She then told me about Project 333. I was mulling over the idea of the Project 333 when I came across The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. I read the book cover to cover in one night. Between these resources I was hooked. I knew ‘fixing’ my closet would be the only way for me to find my style.
I had NO STYLE! I wore t-shirts and short 8-months out of the year and t-shirts and jeans the other 4-months. I need a style that would be mine, easy to maintain (I am t-shirt and shorts girl at heart), and looked put together. I am lucky I work in a department with no dress code, so I can make my wardrobe really comfortable.
So I took the basic rules for Project 333 and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Rules are spelled out at end of post) and tweaked them to fit my life.
Here are my steps to a minimalist wardrobe according to me:
I have been doing this for 8-months now. I started with the Fall/Winter closet. I am now on the Summer closet. I can count on my hands the number of complements I had on my clothes before I started this. I now get complements daily…. on t-shirts! What the heck!
I did not have 40 articles that fit correct and made me happy. I had to purchase items to complete my closet for Fall/Winter. I did this slowly over a few months and only bought things that fit correct and made me happy. My Summer closet had more than 40 articles. I weeded out the ones that did not go with more than one outfit. I placed those article in the pack-away bag. If I get bored with my current 40 items I can rotate some of those items back in later.
The specifics of my summer closet is in the gallery below.
My morning routine is shorter, less stressful, and I am happier. Less is more…more time, more happiness, more at ease with myself. Yes, it took one whole day but the time was well worth the reward.
Do you have a minimalist closet? What rules do you follow?
Less is more,
The Rules (Project 333)
The Tips (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing)
1. Sort by category, not location: Don't do the bedrooms first, then the living room, then the rest of the house. Do all your clothes, then all your books, etc.
2. Tidy in one go. Don't draw it out. If you tidy a bit each day, you'll find that you're tidying forever. Do it all at once and you'll have the system in place to stay tidy.
3. Pick up each item one at a time and ask yourself, "Does it spark joy?"
4. Fold your clothes so that they stand up vertically. This way, you can put all your t-shirts (or other items) in a drawer and see every item at once, rather than digging through piles of fabric to find the shirt you want.
5. Don't repurpose clothes to loungewear. Don't justify keeping a torn, ratty T-shirt just because you think you can repurpose it as a pajama top.
6. Recycle your papers. For important legal documents, scan them! Everything else you should get rid of.
7. Don't keep gifts out of guilt. After the joy of the gift-giving moment is through, you can donate the gift without guilt. It has served its purpose.
8. Storage experts are hoarders. A "clever" storage solution never really solves anything. A new box or organizer won't make you tidy. Pursue ultimate simplicity.
9. Start with what you know will be easy to get rid of. If you start with mementos or items you attach a functional value, it will be harder to know if they spark joy. Start with items that are easier to make decisions about, and then you will be in the right mindset to tackle mementos later.
List from Today.com by Meena Hart Duerson