Last month, we talked about getting started with minimalism. That was a surprisingly popular post. Turns out, there’s much to be said about owning less. It’s the one thing that makes such a difference in my attitude. I see empty spaces in my home as peaceful, like the white space publishers use in text to make reading easier. Brent calls it a disease. I say he still has too much stuff. Every weekend, I want to go through bookshelves and closets.
I’ve pared down my closet to the essentials.
This post is inspired by The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
The 20 Essential Items in a Minimalist Closet
- Two or three pairs of jeans. Only keep the ones that make you look and feel good.
- Three or four tank tops. For layering, and when the weather gets nicer, for wearing alone.
- Short-sleeved shirts. Start with five, then work your way down from there.
- Long-sleeved shirts. Three or four.
- Sweaters. Keep the sweaters you can wear with tank tops. Don’t have more than four sweaters.
- Two or three casual skirts/dresses. This is for women, and the dude on my street who wears a kilt and rides a unicycle.
- One business appropriate outfit. Maybe two. Use blazers as jackets to dress up a casual outfit.
- A little black dress.
- Two pairs of exercise capris.
- Two pairs of running shorts.
- One pair of running shoes.
- One pair of heels you can walk in.
- Two pairs of flats.
- Two pairs of sandals.
- Three or four scarves of varying weights.
- Three good bras (oh, lordy, I wrote bra on my website).
- A week’s worth of other unmentionables.
- A bathrobe.
- One set of loungy clothes/pajamas.
- Two swimsuits. Because nobody should have to ever put on a wet swimsuit.
I’ve been doing laundry more often since paring things down, but then again, I should be doing laundry more often anyway.
What am I missing? Could you pare your closet down this much?