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Okay, this might honestly be one of my favorite topics in this series.
First of all, do you have any idea how many articles of clothing you own?
I did not say wear, I said own.
Let’s not count socks and underwear, let’s not even count accessories (tights, belts, hats, scarves, etc) for now. Let’s not count your workout clothes, pajamas or that set of old jeans you have for those odd times you might be painting or even your jackets. I’m talking about your everyday attire: shirts, skirts, dresses, pants, leggings . . . that stuff. If you were to guess, how many articles of that kind of clothing would you say that you own?
Think about it. Grab a scrap piece of paper or a sticky note and write down your estimate.
Did you write it down?
If you did (I hope you did!) I challenge you to take some time today and see how close or far off your estimate is. Look through your closet and count, don’t forget the items that might be dirty and in your laundry hamper or clean and sitting in the dryer, and those winter clothes you have tucked away, oh, and don’t forget the ones you are wearing.
For the sake of transparency I’ll share my numbers with you:
total articles of clothing: 49
Forty-nine items. And that is after I have been purging for the better part of this year. And yet, I went through those items and counted nine that I haven’t worn in the last two months (not including my winter clothes), so why do I even have them?
How about you, out of all the clothes you’ve counted up, how many would you say you haven’t worn in the last two months (let’s leave out the winter items for that count). And if you haven’t worn them, is it really necessary to keep them?
Honestly, I don’t think there is one magic number of articles of clothing that everyone should own. I live in Saskatchewan where there is snow on the ground for six months of the year, as a result I wear a lot of layers, I don’t think the number of articles of clothing I own now would be the same if I moved to southern California (on second thought, maybe they would be, a person definitely gets sweatier there so I suppose you’d have to wash your clothes more than here).
If you were to be honest with yourself, could you come up with a number of clothes that would work well for you?
Some people have put numbers on it, over at Unfancy, a blog I’ve been following for a few months, Caroline limits that number to 30 items (just counting the items for that season). Out of my 49 items, 8 of them were only winter attire so I currently have 41 for this season, and I just said that there are 9 of them I don’t wear, bringing me down to 32 items for this season, so I think 30 sounds like a completely reasonable number.
This is not the first time I’ve purged my closet in the last few years, it’s not only about letting go of clothes, but we also need to make sure we don’t just simply replace all the items we got rid of, then we completely miss the point!
I love the idea behind The 40 Hanger Closet, though in this instance, maybe a 30 hanger closet, if you want to purchase a new item you have to make room for it by getting rid of another.
My plan is to have my closet at 30 items by the time fall/winter hits (not counting the few items that I have that are only summer items). One thing that really helps is the fact that I am currently on a spending freeze, and plan on staying away from purchasing any clothes all June, July and August.
How do you keep your closet from getting overloaded?
Could you work off of 30 clothing items for a season?
Would you be willing to try?
CHRISTINA @ ROUTE BLISS
Hello, I’m Christina of Route Bliss. By day I write reports for a living while I simultaneously plan blog post ideas, daydream about my next trip, and wish I could edit all the photos I’ve taken and haven’t gotten around to yet. While I’ve been blogging for over a decade now, Route Bliss itself has only been around since the Summer of 2013. RB (as I’ve dubbed it) is where I share my love of travel and photography as well as what I’m learning on my journey to healthier living (adapted recipes as well as running and fitness tips and grumblings!).
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