Well, yes and no. In October 2012, I wrote about “Closet Full of Clothes,” with ideas for how to weed some things out of your closet. Most of these ideas were coming to terms with clothes you don't
First thing's first – make sure that everything you're looking at does fit and is still the style of clothes you're comfortable wearing. Next, pull it all out of that closet! And, the dresser, too; clear the floor of clothes, too! Make piles of clothes categories: pants, skirts, dresses, tops, sweaters, underwear, socks, belts....anything and everything you come across in clearing out that space. Put everything that belongs someplace else (like the laundry room or the mudroom) in a basket near the door. You can deliver those items later, when your clothes project is done.
Before looking through each of these piles, ask yourself the following:
- How often do I do
laundry? If it's once a
week, technically, you only need enough clothes for about 10 days.
If it's once a month, you need about six weeks of clothes in your
- How many times a day do I
change clothes? Maybe
you go from pajamas to work clothes to pajamas before bed. Maybe you
go from pajamas to workout clothes to work clothes to lounge wear to
pajamas. Knowing how many outfits go on and off your person in a day
- How often do I need
something outside of my ordinary wardrobe, like formal wear or a
business suit? If it's
once a year, maybe you need two options. If it's once a month, six
or seven might be more reasonable.
- Most importantly, keeping
the answers to the above questions in mind, how
many _____ is it reasonable for me to have? T-shirts,
pants, dresses, fill in the blank. Knowing how often you're changing
clothes and doing laundry will give you an idea of how many of each
item you go through before it's time to do the wash again. Be honest
with yourself. And, answer this question without
looking at your piles!! If helpful, write down your answers, to hold
yourself accountable with the next step.
Perhaps, you're keeping some because it's from a special event (like a race or organization), but you actually never wear it. Then, these t-shirts should not be considered part of the 15 keepers. These t-shirts should be set aside to pack up with memories. Maybe, now you're down to 14 shirts! Hooray! If you really feel strongly about it, pick one out of the donate bag to complete your desired 15 t-shirts. Otherwise, have a little wiggle room; you can always get another t-shirt, right?
So, there is a number of each type of clothing item that everyone should have. It's just a different number for each person. Remember, you made those goal numbers, so you should stick with them. Otherwise, you're going to just fill the closet back up again with no sense of up or down!