wash day. photo by me. taken last week.
Lorna recently asked me how many items of clothing I own now. She saw my tiny house closet shot and felt compelled to ask.
I don’t like to get number-bound, but I’ll share my clothing number with you (but I won’t count my undies). First things first, I have to go count, because I haven’t been keeping track.
All right I’m back. My count? 28. Currently. And I love it.
Yes my entire clothing collection is smaller than some women’s jeans counts.
So why am I living with such a scant wardrobe?
1. I love to experiment and challenge myself. Living with less clothing started as a personal challenge a few years ago. I downsized from somewhere around 200-300 pieces (not an exact count) down to under 50. It’s been fun so I’ve kept the experiment going.
2. I love being limited. Being limited makes getting dressed a non-decision every day. Everything goes with everything else. I can grab any two items of clothing and I’m dressed.
3. I love the simplicity. Before I never had anything to wear. This didn’t go with anything else in my closet, or that would be perfect if I stitched the little rip, or I could wear the other dress if I just found my vintage cardigan and the matching… Chaos. Dressing used to cause stress. Now it is simpler than I ever imagined possible.
4. I love loving everything in my closet. I have very little, so I can love each item fully. I only allow things I love into my closet and now I love everything I wear.
5. I love being free of image. I used to dress for other people. I was portraying an image of myself through my wardrobe choices. Now I dress based on what makes sense in my life. It’s utilitarian, functional and liberating.
6. I love having a clear closet. By having just a few clothing items, it’s easier to keep things in neat little stacks, or hung up on their hangers. And if I let things get out of control one day, it only takes a few minutes to tidy up my closet. The energy in my closet feels peaceful and pure, and that’s a hell of a lot different than my packrat days.
7. I love not needing a dresser. I got rid of so many clothes I no longer needed a dresser. Every large furniture item I kick out of my life makes me feel like I’ve won a victory. And little decisions affect bigger decisions. By getting rid of some extra clothes, I removed the need for a dresser. By getting rid of a dresser (and other items too) I created the ability to live in a tiny house.
Each little decision we make has a ripple effect. Minimalism is a ripple effect. Embracing less opens up our worlds to new things, new experiences, and new people.
So what’s in your wardrobe? And why?
p.s. Contest results! Do you remember the special contest I ran in August? It was to celebrate the launch of my newsletter. Well, the numbers have been tallied and five winners have been chosen. Cheryl, Kay, Sara, Heidi and Chris have each won a copy of 30 Day Clutter Bootcamp. (I’ve emailed the winners and sent them a copy.) And the newsletter? I’m working on getting the very first edition out today. Sign up to the right if you feel like it (and find out why I’ve decided to feature my neighbor John and his pet raccoon in the first edition. :)