I have been meaning to write a post about my wardrobe, or the content of it, and how I’m consciously trying to reduce the number of clothing items I own.
I have been reading blog posts and books about living with less and simplifying for the last while. I realized that I too experience what they call “decision fatigue”. I wanted to change this.
We started decluttering our house approximately 2 years ago and I have been through 3-4 bigger decluttering sessions, only in my wardrobe. It was crazy. And I don’t even consider having had a huge wardrobe. I know people who own a lot more clothes than I do.
Now it is different. I think now I have enough pieces to wear an outfit on a normal day, and I have some occasion wear (very few).
These are my hanging pieces. I still think this could be further reduced, but at the moment I am not going to. Almost half of these pieces are either maternity or a few sizes bigger than I am now. I am keeping these, because we would like to have another baby, so I will use them then.
There are some smart blouses that I like, but don’t wear them, because I am staying home with Little M, but hopefully in the foreseeable future I will start working again and then they will be in use. They are good quality, timeless pieces, so I would not like to donate them and purchase new ones later.
These are my tops, folded in the drawer like it is suggested in the Konmari book.
And my t-shirt, tank tops and PJs
At the moment I own:
1 pair of dungarees
1 pair of jeans
1 summery loose yoga pants (present from Mikey from Vietnam)
3 pairs of legging (2 croped, 1 normal length)
The top shelves house my hot summer and cold winter piece. Even if I could be ok with just the general wardrobe piece, I would still need these when we are travelling. SOmetimes I really envy those who live in a warmer climate and don’t need a set of winter clothes too, but here in Europe (Ireland), it is not possible.
On the bottom shelf I have my hoodies that I wear all year around.
and now onto shoes:
On the top: winter boots, and the smart shoes that I own. I haven’t worn the occasion wear piece for at least a year or two, but I could not wear my everyday shoes for those occasions, because they are very casual.
I am continuously re-evaluating pieces in the wardrobe. Some of my shoes I am not going to replace once they reach the end of their life.
Now I am very conscious when I need to buy a new piece. I try to move away from synthetic materials and choose natural fabrics.
When I can not buy something second hand, I chose to buy organic and ethically produced, but most importantly I buy less.
This is not a capsule wardrobe, and I am not aiming for one. I just one to have enough, the amount that I am comfortable with.
I like to have a variety of clothes, but now, that I experienced the difference between enough – too much and the time and energy to maintain both, I can easily say the less is the better.
Before decluttering my wardrobe, I was always very stressed about the mess and the ” I don’t have stuff to wear”. This has changed. I can now easily choose an outfit to wear every morning and spend 2 minutes tidying every night, and that is all the maintenance my wardrobe needs.
Now I would like to hear about your experience! Do you find you have too many items in your wardrobe? Or have you been decluttering too?