As some of you know I am currently trying out the 100 thing challenge, which also affects my wardrobe. I am really following in love with my new minimalist lifestyle.
I think I own app. 30-40 pieces of clothes now, and this has been my wardrobe for around six months.
I’ve found that things don’t really matter to me, so I gave myself the challenge to downsize to a minimum, and I must say it’s an awesome feeling – I feel a lot lighter!
How to figure out what to keep in a minimalist wardrobe?
Like most men I had a lot of clothes, I didn’t wear at all. Some that didn’t fit me anymore, some that were almost worn out, some that I didn’t like etc.
The funny thing is that it always felt like these items laid on top of the piles, so I had to do a lot of digging to find something I wanted to wear.
1) Step one – get rid of the 20% you NEVER wear
So I made a pile of clothes that I felt comfortable throwing out, and this was probably around 20-30% of my clothes. I gave some of it to friends and neighbors, and another part I gave to the salvation army.
This was the easy step and didn’t take much consideration.
2) Step two – Pay attention to what you actually wear
Now I still had a lot of clothes, but I had started the process.
I waited for a week to pay attention to what items I would actually wear. It is important to realize that you can’t cut down your wardrobe in one take – it takes time to find out which of the pieces you like the most. I guess this is what women call “a process“.
So this gave me an idea of what I definitely would keep, and what was in the “Grey Zone“. I could now let go of a little more.
A neat trick to find out what you actually wear is to turn all hangers in your closet one way.
When you use something just turn the hanger the other way around. After a while, you can see which hanger has been turned around, and you will know which clothes you actually wear!
3) place most of the remaining wardrobe in a box under your bed
Nest I took most of the remaining clothes and places in a big box under my bed for three reasons:
1) I was not ready to throw it out yet…
2) I would find out if I would miss it, and get a chance to put it back into the wardrobe.
3) I could use it as refill whenever some of my clothes got worn out.
I still have this box of extra clothes, which means, that I haven’t had the need to buy new clothes for almost half a year now!
See the list of the (only) 100 things I own
I am downsizing my wardrobe to be able to live in a small space, and because we travel a lot, so I cannot (and will not) bring a lot of clothes.
We always travel with carry-on’s only, because it is both cheaper (here in Europe), quicker in the airports – and it is easier when you travel as much as we do.
What’s your motivation to minimize your wardrobe?