Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Minimalist Wardrobe: clothing inventory

I'm doing an inventory of what I own. This is a good way for me to see what I actually use, and what I actually Need. I'm trying to re-train my brain. I have Enough. I don't need More. I don't need Variety. A few good quality items, in a few favourite colours will DO!!!

One way of re-training my brain is to stop looking at fashion magazines and to stop looking at advertising brochures. You don't really think you need anything until you see it! And it's only $30!! What a bargain! ;) It has also helped that I've stopped going to shopping centres.

Once I know how much I already have, and how Plenty that is...I will stop buying! Half the time, we don't know what we we double up on things, e.g I have 5 black tops. And half the time, we just wear our favourites. The 80/20 rule applies here. We only use 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. So I'm thinking of ditching the 80%, and use the remaining 100% of the time.

I have:

20 tops
6 pants (incl. 1 leggings)
3 shorts (incl. 1 exercise shorts)
2 skirts
12 jackets
5 cardigans
10 dresses
3 pyjamas
14 shoes (donated 2 since last post!!! woo!)
3 bags

That's 78 items. And really, that is a LOT. I've got to stop thinking I need more, that I need to keep up with...whatever! I will enjoy what I have, use what I have, and not waste what I have (which means donating what I don't use). I'm slowly working towards a proper Minimalist wardrobe. Slowly... :)


  1. You've been inspiring me Glorya! 4 bags of clothing are being donated tomorrow (including 1 big bag) and 1 bag of toiletries (such as hand creams that I haven't used in ages but might...) and old shoes thrown out. Feels good!

  2. hurray!! :) and just think, someone else will use it. double hurray!!!

  3. Libby - What do you do with old toiletries? I've got heaps of creams, lotions, body washes etc that I've been given - but can you donate those?

    Glorya - it seems you have a lot more "top" stuff (tops, jackets, cardigans) than bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts). Is this where you will focus your culling?

  4. Erin - Yes!!! most definitely :) I am very proud of owning "only" three shorts ;)

    Are you a member of Freecyle in your local area? I gave away some creams/moisturisers/cleansers (4 to one person). Some people will take anything that's free!!!