I own and wear a lot of scarves.
Some six-year-old girls were at my house the other day, so I made a dress-up center with my scarves and beads. (I used my Frost clothes drying rack from IKEA for the display.)
One of my friends said to me, “You know, for someone who is minimal you have a lot of scarves…you’re like a scarf hoarder.”
What was really funny is that she saw only half of them. I didn’t even get out my scarves for cold weather! They’re inexpensive and they don’t take up much room, and I love the colors. They always fit. The kids like to play with them too, so it never occurs to me to give any of them away.
When I was at the store last week, I noticed a new scarf that I liked, but I didn’t buy it because I remembered the ones I already have. I don’t have a goal to reduce them, but at least I didn’t add more to their numbers. Baby steps.
Like you, I love and wear everything in my closet, and sometimes I want accessories such as scarves to add life and color to the basic clothes, especially when I wear navy, black, or gray.
If it fits in the space I allow for it and I like it all, then I don’t have to think about it, and that’s ultimately my goal for streamlining my wardrobe and my stuff in general.
My scarf collection is not downsized, obviously, but it’s fun, and I stuff them into a canvas shoe organizer in my closet so they don’t get in the way.
For shoes, jewelry, handbags, and tote bags, I choose quality over quantity. That doesn’t always mean spending more money. (I wrote a shopping guide that gives specifics about brands of shoes & clothes that I like.)
I try not to settle for nice, cute, on trend, or fun for now. I wait until I find the perfect one, and then I call off the search.
I spend more money for shoes that look good, feel good, and last for a long time. I save time by not having to shop for shoes so often, and I even save money when they last longer. (I replace about two pairs of shoes each year on average.) It feels good to have favorite shoes that I love instead of always thinking that I need a new pair.
I love tote bags too, and I used to feel that impulse to buy more, but I have three perfect tote bags (in different styles and sizes), so now I barely look at them in the store.
I pretty much wear the same jewelry every day, but I have a few more pieces that don’t take up a lot of space in the drawer.
I’ve carried the same handbag for seven years or so. It basically comes down to loving what you have so that you don’t continually look for something better. Being able to say, “That’s enough.”