Do you have a favorite shirt?
When you develop your minimalist wardrobe, each piece in your closet earns its place by being comfortable, affordable, flattering, and beautiful. Each piece matters.
May my favorite shirt, a brown jersey knit stretch tee with a ruched chest, rest in peace.
I noticed it was getting threadbare a couple of weeks ago and knew its days were numbered. Then I found two small holes in it. Oh, no. We might have less time together than I thought. Next, I saw a tiny orange spot. Bleach. Sneaky bleach. I don’t even use bleach!
The shirt is still comfortable, still cute, still wonderful. But it’s almost time to say goodbye to my poor, threadbare, tiny-holed, sneaky-bleach-spotted shirt.
It is materialistic to “love” a shirt. But materialism is not the enemy.
Materialism for things that matter — a favorite shirt, an heirloom (that you actually love and use or display), quality wooden shelves… these are all examples of things that you can take pride in owning and take care of so they last a long time. Materialism doesn’t necessarily mean that you care for objects more than anything else. Some people do — people who view their stuff as a status symbol, people who buy and buy to keep up with the Joneses… these people want things for the sake of things. These are consumerist people, who need to buy and own and possess. That’s the enemy.
Worry not if you shed a tear over your favorite jeans being ripped. You might only have the one pair, and you have them because you love them and they have been good to you and they earned that spot in your closet and on your body. That’s good materialism.
But we must all say goodbye to our favorite things because all good things come to an end. And then we go find a new favorite in our closet.
What do you think? Materialism okay or not okay?