I decided to finally take a count of my clothes.
I’ve never been one of the Count-Your-Things types of minimalist. I’ve read a number of posts on project 333 and the like, but I’ve never felt the need to count.
Instead of counting my clothing items, I decided how many clothes I needed in order to get through a one week period. I do laundry once a week, so I wear all my clothes over the course of the week, do laundry, and repeat.
Most of the articles I’ve seen about clothing count certain items. They often leave out how many pairs of underwear and socks a person might own. This always bothered me, as I think it paints an incomplete picture. So in my count of clothing, I’m including everything – every single item.
Leisure Wear (non-work items) – 15 items
- 7 t-shirts
- 1 casual polo shirt
- 4 shorts
- 3 jeans
Work Clothes – 7 items
- 3 polo shirts
- 4 khaki pants
Undergarments and Accessories – 38 items
- 3 pairs of work socks
- 22 pairs of athletic socks (white ankle socks, all the same, all matching)
- 9 underwear
- 1 brown belt
- 1 black belt
- 1 sun visor
- 1 sunglasses
Shoes – 4 items
- 1 athletic shoes (my everyday pair)
- 1 brown shoes (my work pair)
- 1 black shoes
- 1 flip flops
Occasional Wear – 9 items
- 1 swimming suit
- 1 pajama pants
- 1 suit (jacket and pants)
- 1 dress pants
- 1 pair dark gray socks
- 2 dress shirts (long sleeve button ups)
- 1 short sleeve button up
- 2 ties
- 1 mechanix gloves (These stay in the Jeep)
- 1 wetsuit (for snorkeling)
Winter Wear – 7 items
- 1 casual jacket
- 1 wool coat
- 1 light sweatshirt
- 1 heavy sweatshirt
- 1 knit hat (I keep it in the Jeep, I don’t like to get caught in the cold with the top down and not have a warm hat to keep my head and ears warm.)
- 1 winter hat (bomber style with ear flaps)
- 1 leather gloves
Occasional Winter Wear (for rare cold days or trips north in winter, stored in a box in the closet) – 3 items
- 1 snow pants
- 1 snow gloves
- 1 thermal underwear bottoms
Total = 85 items
If you follow project 333 rules (don’t count socks, underwear, and pajamas) it comes in at 50 items. Project 333 seems to go by seasons, but in Florida the only difference between winter and the rest of the year is that we wear jeans/pants and jackets in addition to shorts and t-shirts. So my summer wardrobe is a bit smaller and my winter wardrobe is a bit bigger. Also, I was reading through some project 333 stories, and I didn’t see anyone list a swimming suit, so I’m guessing they don’t swim or they go au naturel.
My list includes my entire wardrobe rather than items by each season. I think it gives you a better overall picture even though Project 85-12 isn’t as catchy.
There are no rules on what to count and what not to count, it’s a list everything kind of list. What can be simpler than that? I think you are doing pretty good if your whole clothing inventory comes in under 100 items.
Taking inventory like this is a good exercise, because it helps you get a picture of how much you really own, and I’m glad I finally did it. If you have a spacious closet, you might feel like your wardrobe is minimal, but when you see the numbers, you might decide there is more that could be culled. As is the case in my exercise today — I’d like to reduce the number of items in my Occasional Wear and Winter Wear categories, and there are even some cuts that can be made in my Leisure and Work items.
You can see from the picture that this is a minimal wardrobe. I don’t own a dresser, so all of my daily wear clothes are stored here. My wardrobe takes up very little space. Hanging to the side (not pictured) are a few other items – jackets, dress pants, dress shirts, suit, and ties. Without taking a count, I might not have considered downsizing further, but the stuff off to the side still takes up space, and if it’s rarely used, I may be able to downsize further.
I’m going to mull over what can be cut and I’ll cover that in a future post. For now, I encourage everyone to take a look through your closets. Even if you already downsized, it’s still a good exercise to perform. If you feel like counting and want to share, I’d love to hear where everyone stands with a full inventory (counting everything.) Share in the comments section below.