How many of the items in your wardrobe do you actually wear?
They say that most of us use 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. I’m not sure where these numbers originated (I searched for the source and failed to find it), but I agree.
Wearing 10 items
In the last two and a half years of my minimalist journey, I have worn the same 10-15 items over and over again. I have realised that even as my wardrobe has become smaller and smaller, I continue to gravitate to a few staples that I wear for a majority of the time.
If we wear so little of our wardrobe, why do we own so many things? Why do we continue to buy new clothing when most of our wardrobes do not get worn?
Today I would like to suggest a challenge. Let’s call it the Wardrobe Diary Challenge. I propose that for the next 28 days you record what you wear in a wardrobe diary.
The concept is simple. Write down every item of clothing that you own, and record which items you wear for this period of time.
This challenge is designed to show you which of the items in your wardrobe you wear the most. Below are a few examples of ways in which you could use your findings.
- Look for patterns in what you wear
- Look for patterns in what you do not wear
- Declutter your wardrobe
- Write a shopping list
- Help you wear more of your wardrobe.
I have prepared a downloadable Wardrobe Diary to aid you in this challenge. This resource will allow you to analyse your use of thirty items, but if you own more, you can print more than one copy of the PDF.
How to use the Wardrobe Diary
There are 31 rows in the table. In the wide column on the left write in all the items of clothing you own. List the items in categories, so they are easy to find. If you really have a lot, it might be a good idea to colour code different categories so they are easier to distinguish.
There are 28 thin columns. Each of these represent a day. Mark the days in the top row. It might also help to note the date on top of these. Keep the Wardrobe Diary near your wardrobe, and every day, mark the boxes of the items you wear. Continue to do so until the 28 days are complete. When you have completed the diary, tally up your wardrobe use. This is where you can begin to analyse your wardrobe.
Below is a video that discusses these ideas in more detail.
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