Since we’re going to be moving next month (!!!), I’ve been cleaning up around the house. I’ve been really inspired by minimalist blogs and books, especially The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
Finishing the book was enough to motivate me to work on my side of the closet.
As primarily a stay-at-home mom now, my wardrobe needs are a bit different than a professional. I am by no means a fashionista, and in fact, I’ve been told by my own husband that sometimes I dress weird. (I like trying out different combinations!)
I don’t think to have a minimalist wardrobe you need a specific number of clothes, but it was fun to count when I finished. Not counting socks and underwear, I’m at around 50 items total.
Although I’m still between sizes, I’ve narrowed down all my clothes to what you see below. 5 dresses, around 13 long-sleeved tops/sweaters, 5 or 6 cardigans, 8-ish short-sleeve shirts, 10 skirts, 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of corduroys, 3 jackets, 2 tank tops, 3 lounge/sleep pants, 2 exercise/lounge shorts, 2 running pants, 1 long sleeved pajama shirt, 2 sweatpants (1 for being cold, the other for painting projects).
Some I can fit into and some I’m waiting to fit back into!
Here’s a photo of part of the cleaning out process:
A few things I realized:
- I prefer my long-sleeved clothes to be on the pricier side whereas for my short-sleeved shirts I lean on the budget-friendly side.
- I love ordering from Zappos from shoes. After working a wedding photographer and being on my feet for hours I will splurge on shoes if they feet my wide feet!
- Matching hangers make everything nicer. We have the Better Homes and Garden brand from Wal-Mart, but my jackets are on wooden hangers and the skirts are from department stores (will look into matching skirt hangers).
- I don’t stray very far in my color palette! It looks like red, a couple of oranges (from my Hokie days), and mostly blues, grays, and blacks.
I wasn’t aiming for a specific number when I began cleaning out the closet, but I really wanted to focus on pieces that I loved, emphasizing happiness and comfort wearing the items of clothing.
There were a few times when I questioned some items, like maybe it fit fine, but the color was a little crazy. I decided to let it go because I knew it would just sit in the closet anyway.
Now that I have finished I have better clarity on clothes I would like to pick up. Since I don’t wear shorts, I am on the lookout for a black skirt and a denim skirt (in the right fit and flare).
I’m also on the hunt for two sweatshirt/pullovers for when I exercise outside now that the weather has gotten colder (I’m borrowing Brian’s sweatshirts in the meantime). I only have two workout outfits that I alternate. They just see the washing machine more often!
I’ve enjoyed my clothes and my closet since the big cleanout and I’m working up the nerve to tackle books next! I’ve already gotten rid of a ton, but I know there is room for improvement. With a timeline approaching it’s given me more motivation.
Have you decluttered your home and/or your wardrobe recently?