As part of the Minimalist Experiment, I got rid of many of my clothes over the weekend. As I cleaned out my closet, I kept less than half of the clothes I started with. Here’s a list of what I currently have:
- 7 undershirts
- 4 fleece/hoodies
- 4 jackets/coats (including one for rain and a leather jacket)
- 5 pants (jeans & dress)
- 3 sleep/sport pants
- 10 t-shirts (two of which are seasonal)
- 5 long-sleeved t-shirts
- 4 polos
- 6 button-down dress shirts
- 3 sweaters
- 15 pair long socks (6 daily, 6 dress, 2 hiking, 1 seasonal)
- 10 pair ankle socks (4 daily, 6 new)
- 14 underwear
- 2 shorts (1 is swimtrunks)
- 1 sport coat
- 1 vest
- 2 suits
96 items of clothing, and I still feel like it’s too many. I don’t wear the sport coat or vest often, nor do the polos see much use. It would be easy to replace the sweaters with the hoodies and fleece jackets. However, this is only a first step.
Some of the items I kept won’t be used often, but are worth keeping for when I do need them (such as the suits). Some I am not sure how often I wear, so I wanted to keep them to see. Some of the socks are still packaged, so I am keeping them to replace the older ones as they wear out.
I am not striving to reduce my clothes down below a certain number. I just want to make my life simpler. When I get dressed in the morning, it is now easier for me to decide what to wear for the day. Also, I like the idea of being able to replace worn-out clothes with higher quality ones.
This is a good starting place. I have all the clothes I need for a daily basis, and some extra ones for special occasions. As I work with this wardrobe, I can weed out the clothes that I don’t use often enough to keep around, and remove them.