So, I have been cleaning out my closet, my kitchen, everything, getting rid of stuff I don’t need. I find it liberating not to have all this excess stuff. But also some times difficult, as my trouble removing dresses from my closet; I had 15 dresses, and really only need 3: One in jersey, 1 in woven and 1 fancy. I really struggled as all my dresses are homemade and fit perfectly.
But then I had an epiphany: If I can only have 1 woven dress, then it definitely should have pockets! And well, only one jersey dress? Pockets! And then it was not hard to get rid of all the dresses anyway. I find this interesting: If I can have all the dresses I want, I choose to have 15 dresses, only 2 with pockets. If I can have only 1, it MUST be with pockets. When I only have a few slots per clothing category, it becomes very important that the clothing I own is good in all aspects; great fit, color I like, functions well.
So now I have found my way forward:
- For each clothing category I will try to pinpoint what the most important thing is for me. Like pockets, color etc.
- I will try to replace my RTW items with handmade items. This means I have to learn how to knit much better than I do now! But I would like a 100% homemade wardrobe.
I have read this book by Cait Flanders, and I must say it is very inspiring! I have thought about what I need of clothing in the climate I live in, with the life I lead, and it comes down to this list:
|Shorts||1 nice for work|
|1 very short for tanning|
|1 knee lenght for hiking/ travelling|
|Pants||3 jeans (black, light blue, navy)|
|1 soft home pants, winter|
|1 soft home pants, Summer|
|1 thin summer pants|
|T-shirts||10. 5 of thoes not slim.|
|Short sleeved T-shirts||10. 5 of thoes not slim. 1 tanktop.|
|Cardigans||1 Warm (Nancy)|
|1 summer, knitted|
|1 summer, fabric|
|Sweaters||1 very warm|
|2 medium warm|
|1 lightweight summer to shield sun|
|1 work short sleeves, white|
|Dresses||1 fancy, pockets|
|1 summer jersey, pockets|
|1 summer woven, pockets|
|Maybe 1 job|
|Jumpsuits||Love them. Will never part with them. All 8 of them.|
|Warm Wintercoat (funf)|
|Warm snowsuit (HM)|
|Medium warm, rainproof coat – nice pockets|
|Summer coat, rainproof – nice pockets|
|Nice jacket, cottoncoat|
|Shoes||Warm winter boots|
|Summer shoes/ sneakers (possible 3-4 pairs as I <3)|
|Nice leather shoes|
|Dog hiking sneakers|
|Underwear||Bras: 5 + workout|
|Knitted socks: 3|
This adds up to 106 items, all in all. I only need to reduce my wardrobe by 19 items to get to this; is it hard enough as I have already removed the items I don’t love, but I am confident I will get there in the next couple of days 🙂 (The shirt, Granville, I am wearing in the photo is one of the items that did not make the cut. I just don’t love it enough).