A minimalist wardrobe is the best.
I teach yoga, so my garments tend toward "workout gear" even though I wear them always and dressed up.
Here is my whole wardrobe:
Socks: 3 (2 smart wool, 1 cotton)
Tank Tops: 4
Yoga Pants: 5
Dresses: 3 (wrap, green, LBD)
Skirts: 3 (grey a-line, grey pencil, denim pencil)
Sweaters: 2 cardigans, 1 pull over
Jeans: 3 pairs
Outter wear: 2 fleeces, 1 vest (jacket), 1 winter coat, 1 denim jacket, 1 raincoat (trench-style), 1 wool coat
Shoes: 1 wedge heels (grey); 1 peep toe heels (black); 1 keen hiking shoes; 1 vibram five-fingers.
Accessories: 4 pashmina scarves, 1 sun hat.
So that's 56 objects. I might have a few that I forgot.
My mother keeps impulse buying clothes for DS, and most of it is not useable for his lifestyle. We are outdoors, usually in the rain, quite a bit. He needs rain gear that *functions* for him. She keeps buying "cute" rain gear from "designer" shops on sale -- stuff that is hardly weather resistant! I then have to send it back to my sister to use later. And that's really annoying.
So, I explained that when he needs basics, I'll tell her exactly what he needs. Usually, she does well. He mostly wears jeans, t-shirts, and an over-shirt (polo or button down style -- his favorites), and then over that we put his rain gear (pants and coat) with his rain boots. When it's not a very rainy day, he wears his running shoes. I try to keep his wardrobe streamlined-- less is more with this kid. Besides, he likes to wear the same 3-4 outfits over and over anyway. Even when we have more.
She was upset, but I had to explain that a "cute lightweight jacket for summer" was not going to be used because it wasn't waterproof. Resistance isn't enough here. It is humid, then misty, then it will rain, then the sun comes out, then it mists again, etc. You get soaked. And I can't just keep him indoors just because it is raining.
Hopefully, she'll now understand.
My MIL keeps sending shorts. Hawk doesn't wear shorts for two reasons: 1. the sun is brighter here, the more coverage the better; 2. it doesn't get hot here. Seriously. We wear light jackets/sweaters all summer. So, I have to have DH remind them to NOT send shorts -- because they don't get worn either.
In other news, started decluttering today.
3 bags (grocery store sized) of papers to recycle (shredded);
2 bags glass jars to recycle;
lots of cardboard to recycle (2-3 trips down the street to the recycle pick up);
1 bag plastic yogurt containers (not being used as food storage) to recycle.
Craft supplies to be donated to the waldorf school (via a friend on Thursday).
Paperwork -- business and home financials; immigration; health care; letters from friends/family (DH likes to keep these, so we have a 'home' for them).
Pantry -- spices reorganized (those that were not doing well (due to the moisture of our world here) were tossed, jars cleaned and prepped for replacements.
Toys -- some are completely beyond repair, so I pitched them; others that he doesn't often use, I packed away into his trunks so that we can move them more easily and quickly;
Clothes -- just started dividing them into worn out (rags); too large (to be stored until DS fits into them), and what we currently wear. I've packed everything that is out-of-season already, so that will be easy to transport first.
Walls throughout, bathroom (scrubbed bright and shiny) and kitchen (scrubbed), and got the house ready for staging for the photographs for the advertisement that will go online. DH is bringing home the vacuum cleaner so that we can do the floors (which we do once a week, but I guess it will be twice this week!).
We meet with the new landlady on Wed/Thurs/Fri, and will sign the new lease.
The current tenants move out on Fri, so we'll go in and clean it, and then our friends are going to paint it for us (for a good price). Our washer and dryer should be delivered this weekend as well, and then I have to organize the fridge. Hopefully, we'll also "win" the dining room table that I want, and be able to move that over as well. After that, I'll get new curtains up, and the shelving that we want up, and then start moving out things over each week in small amounts. On the last weekend, we'll have the big furniture moved, and we'll be transitioned over by the end of the month.
Should run smoothly. :)