Minimising the Other Things in my Wardrobe

37 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 3 bags

My mother had taught me that we don’t throw things away. If an everyday item of clothing is no longer worn regularly, it becomes a leisure thing, a thing you ‘can wear around the house’. And so in my old apartment, a giant wooden chest of drawers held dozens of these other things; t-shirts, tights, shorts, floppy pants and unused underwear.

After I moved, my giant wooden chest of drawers became a tiny white chest of drawers. I had five small drawers to fit my underwear, PJ’s, active and leisure wear. For some time, some of these things sat in boxes, as they could not be contained within the drawers.

As a cleansing was happening in the everyday hanging wardrobe, it was inevitable that a cleansing began in the tiny white chest of drawers. I had to face reality and accept that I wore very few of these other things.

There were layers of rolled up leisure things in the drawers and boxes. I began by taking them all out, and evaluating the purpose of each. This was surprisingly hard to do. My mother’s alarmed voice rang in my head, ‘but it might come in handy!’

I divided the things into categories. I had to force myself to pare down each set of t-shirts, tights, shorts, floppy pants and unused underwear. I felt such guilt for daring to consider sending these things away. ‘Wasteful’, I told myself, however, I persevered through the process. I was slowly learning that I really didn’t need a lot of things. As soon as they were gone, I forgot about them. This is often the case with the other things we don’t really need.

I associated removing these items with wasteful behaviour, however, the wasteful behaviour had occurred when I purchased these items mindlessly in the first place. Now these things were simply clutter. I did not need five t-shirts in the same style, in the same state of neglect.

The tiny white chest of drawers is divided simply now.

  • Drawer one contains only dignified lingerie.
  • Drawer two contains socks.
  • Drawer three contains knits that should not be hung.
  • Drawer four contains active wear.
  • Drawer five contains PJ’s and leisure wear.

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Don’t let the other things take up too much space in your life. Acquire and keep only what you need.


18 thoughts on “Minimising the Other Things in my Wardrobe

  1. Love this! I’m really struggling now I’ve removed the easy items to start removing the items that are wearable and useful but realistically never worn. Does anyone really need 20 pairs of socks and 10 pairs of PJs?!?

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  2. oh. my. gosh. Your url wasn’t lying you really do have a small wardrobe. I started trying to minimalize my wardrobe just recently and honestly it’s not going extremely well. Like you were my mom constantly told us not to waste by getting rid of old clothes and I haven’t been able to full work through my guilt. I have been a little successful, but I want to do some more.

    I love your blog! I can’t wait to read your other posts!! You are my new motivation to continue my minimalism project. ^_^

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  3. I love the minimization of wardrobe! Part of what I like about living in a tiny abode is not having room to accumulate much– even my books have gone through a recent purge, which, remarkably, felt grand.

    Also: thanks for stopping by and liking a post on The Expositrix!

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  4. My mother is exactly the same as yours! “Keep this stuff, it might be useful someday” ==> Ends up with rooms full of useless stuff 🙂

    Did you throw away your old clothes ?? I don’t know where you live but in France there are containers where you can put clothes you don’t need anymore in it, then they might be reused by people in need

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    1. Exactly! We have similar charity bins here in Australia. I donated some things, and others I sold as they were known brands and barely used. I sold some stuff on Ebay and at some local consignment shops. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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  5. I was raised with a similar philosophy on stuff that was usable but not wearable on an everyday basis. I had way too many graphic tees and over-sized shirts taking up space in my drawers. Not only did I not reach for them, they made it harder to find the items I enjoyed wearing. It’s hard to let go, but so freeing when you do. 🙂

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  6. Wow, I have started minimizing my wardrobe but I am finding that I don’t have have a lot to wear at all. I am doing lots of research and careful consideration before I make any purchases because I want to create a small but functional wardrobe. Love your point of view and will be checking out your other posts!

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  7. Hello, so nice to come across your blog. I couldn’t agree more with this minimalism concept. I’ve just started to declutter, its early days but I’m feeling so much happier for it 🙂

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  8. I am a big fan of textile recycle. I’m hoping to do a goodwill run and donate textiles while I’m home for Thanksgiving. I did recently buy more leisure wear but it was dark purple pants with pockets that are comfy AF. They could be PJs in a pinch. No regrets.

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  9. I love how this eliminates the need of a large dresser/chest of drawers. My dresser ends up just being a dumping ground for random things! Hubby and I do share a dresser, so that eliminated the need for two of them in our small bedroom.

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