Thursday, January 26, 2012

Classy Closets

For those interested in our minimizing efforts, I thought I would open up our closet to the public. This is the first area we turned to when we began our mission of decluttering.  Today I am debuting our new, pared down closet!  Brad's stuff on the left and mine in the middle and right.  When we had begun I had well over 100 pieces of clothing.  Now I believe I am down to about 70 or so, and I really tried to include everything.

It looks like nothing, but it really adds up.

-3 tank tops (everyday)
-3 t shirts (everyday)
-8 shirts (everyday)
-4 sweaters (everyday)
-2 exercise shirts
-4 tank tops (work)
-5 t shirts (work)
-4 sweaters (work)
-1 blouse (dressy)

-1 dressy dress
-1 casual dress

-4 scarves
-2 belts
-1 hat
-1 toque
-2 pairs of mittens
-2 pairs of pants (everyday)
-1 pair of jeans (everyday)
-4 pairs of shorts (everyday)
-1 pair of leggings (everyday)
-1 pair of exercise shorts
-2 pairs of pants (work)
-1 pair of jeans (work)
-4 pairs of shorts (work)

-1 pair of everyday shoes
-1 pair of flip flops
-1 pair of dress shoes
-1 pair of everyday boots
-1 pair of snow boots

-1 fall/spring jacket
-1 dressy jacket
-1 winter jacket
-1 snow jacket
-1 pair of snow pants
-1 bathing suit

I still feel like I could do even more, but I am happy with what I've done so far.  There are some factors I am not sure how to get around.  I have a completely different set of clothes for work and regular life resulting in 2 nearly full wardrobes.  Since I work in a daycare, I am unwilling to risk ruining my everyday clothes with paint, bleach, or who knows what else.  Also, I live in a place where the temperature can range from -20° to 35° C (-4° to 95° F) depending on the time of year, meaning I need clothes for all the seasons.  There are also so many pieces that only serve one purpose (like dress shoes or exercise shorts) which drives me crazy.

This is why no one can set a magic number for the "perfect" or "right" amount of clothes for a person to own.  Based on your life and circumstances, come up with a reasonable amount you're comfortable.  Work towards it over time.  Once you've achieved it, stick to a "one in, one out" system.  If you purchase or receive a new item of clothing, be sure to remove an old one (give it away, donate it, throw it away if it's in poor condition) before allowing the new one into your wardrobe.

Now this would really be a problem solver!  My mind was blown when a friend showed me this, and now I would like to show you all the Versalette.  According to the {r}evolution apparel website, "The Versalette is a multi-functional piece that can be worn over 15 different ways — with just a few adjustments. It serves as a dress, shirt, skirt, scarf, purse, hood & more. It’s a simply designed staple that makes travel, minimalism, and living sustainably just a little bit easier."  Check it out here:

{r}evolution apparel Introduces the Versalette from {r}evolution apparel on Vimeo.


  1. Good job!! It really does look like your closet is bare, but from your list it seems adequate. Although I would not fault you if you allowed a few more items to creep in!

  2. Wow - that makes a closet neat!

    I came to your blog from Jon Acuff’s site. He has created a tremendous forum for sharing our blogs and impacting more people with them.

    I hope my blog can be an encouragement to you also.

    I write it for encouragement and motivation daily.

    Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to watching the connections grow!

  3. i love how much space there is in your closet. nothing makes me happier than empty shelves. we just don't need to fill every flat surface.

  4. The Versalette looks cool. It's also nice to see that some people still value minimalism. I'm not really a big time minimalist, but in the blogging world especially there's a lot of "oh, cute shirt. where can i buy it?" on like every single post. It can be kind of bothersome to see so much materialism.