Downsizing my closet has made for easier moves, travel, cleaning and maintenance. When we moved to Arkansas, I had to choose between two closets. My wife took the bigger one, and I chose the mini closet. I no longer use a dresser. All of my intimates can be folded into a small drawer-
I use a lightweight hanging organizer from Ikea to manage my foldables: workout gear, jeans, socks, intimates.
Everything else gets hung up or packed overhead (I use two shoeboxes to pack “out of season”) pieces.
I picked a general color scheme for my wardrobe, based on my favorite colors (aka clothing I actually wear).
Current color scheme: Navy, black, white, gray, Oxford blue, maroon
I have my clothing separated into categories
Outerwear: linen blazer, winter coat, rain jacket, winter vest, (2)sweatshirts
Work wear: (5) Oxford button ups, (3) slacks – two are technical fabric/ one is wool, (2) skirts – both technical fabric
Casual wear: (3) jeans, (1) jean short (3) linen tops (5/6) tees
Workout wear: (6) workout tops, (5) workout bottoms – comprised of leggings/ shorts/ joggers
I am in the process of redefining the shoe area of my closet- I prefer heeled leather boots for bike commuting
(2) pairs boots- one heeled/one flat
Currently on my list to buy: new pair of sandals/ new pair of black sneakers
I love everything in my closet! All my pieces are interchangeable and are made to last. Sometimes I count my things, not to focus on a particular number, per se, but rather- to see what types of clothes I tend to buy repeatedly. This usually is jeans and button ups- I should probably turn off my eBay alerts for Madewell jeans in my size 😉 I’m better able to pinpoint my true style if I constantly weed out the pieces I don’t truly wear.
As a bike commuter I lean heavily toward practical technical/ workout wear that can be styled and worn to the grad office rather than only upscale office pieces. I prefer to be comfortable rather than 100% stylish. I’ll wear bike shorts and a black workout tank on the ride to school and change into some slacks when I arrive. Easy to pack and go!
Could you live with a tiny closet? How big is your wardrobe? What types of clothing items are on your repeat purchase list?