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I've been pondering this question the last few days, and then I saw in the Extreme Simplicity thread, someone wondering about that as well. So I decided to make a new thread.

On Mon I went through my closet and paired my clothes to:
4 pairs of pants - 1 jean capri, 1 jean, 1 white cords, 1 casual brown
3 skirts - 1 black, 1 white, 1 grey
1 black dress
1 brown sun dress
4 long sleeved t-shirts - 2 green, 1 black, 1 red
3 short sleeved t-shirts - 1 white, 1 blue, 1 green
1 black sleeveless top
4 sweaters - 1 brown, 1 red, 1 black/white, 1 blue/white
1 black dress cardigan
2 blouses

The one thing I couldn't get rid of is all my pj's. So I have 4 pairs of pj's. I'm sure I could go down to 2 but well I love them.

Eventually my plan is to replace all the items with eco friendly, non-sweatshop, organic clothes. So far I have 2 long sleeved shirts and the grey skirt that I have bought that fit those guidelines.

One thing I have noticed is that my lack of clothes and the ages of my kids mean that I have to wash more often. Which is a very good thing. And since the stuff I have I like and fits me well. I actually feel good about how I look, and I don't ponder "what should I wear today, I have nothing to wear." Which really was a statement that was saying. " what I have clean in my closet I hate, and I don't want to wear it."

My cousin was the one who made me decide to do this. She has 1 skirt, 2 pairs of pants, and 4 shirts. Whenever she buys some more clothes it replaces whatever she already had.

Anyone else?

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I so need to go through my own clothing again. I have so much clothing that I don't wear that is next to new... it's either not flattering or the wrong size.

I think tonight I will pare down my pants. My goal is 1 pair of nice jeans, 1 pair of dirty job jeans, 1 pair of track pants, 4 pairs of work pants.

I'll go through some other clothing, too... but it'd be SO awesome if I could get rid of enough clothes that I could see my laundry room floor again.

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I try to move that direction, but I have a really hard time with it (and I have way less clothes than most people!).

The hard thing, for me, is that I regularly ruin clothes by staining them. So I try to pick things up when I see a super good deal, so that I don't have to buy full price when I ruin something.

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I am SOOO cleaning my closet out today after reading this thread!!
I want to start now but I have a sleeping babe on my lap (the ONLY way he will take a nap and I am stuck.

But I am thinking about all the things that really need to go! I have bought a lot of new clothes recently, but I haven't really purged a thing. My kids keep me so busy with their clothes...Anyway, I noticed some Maternity clothes in my closet the other day, and the "baby" I mentioned earlier will be one next week. Why do I still have Maternity clothes in my closet??:

Oh I have about 15 pairs of Birkenstocks that need either re-soling or other type of repair. I don't even WEAR Birkenstocks anymore!!

I think I could find at least 50 things to get rid of. I will try to update later with pics!! Thanks for the inspiration!!
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I try to move that direction, but I have a really hard time with it (and I have way less clothes than most people!).

The hard thing, for me, is that I regularly ruin clothes by staining them. So I try to pick things up when I see a super good deal, so that I don't have to buy full price when I ruin something.
I have the SAME problem!! I have been trying to be better about it but I swear I am worse than my 5 yo!!

For me I think I don't pay enough attention and I end up with things on my clothes.
I have been wearing an apron in the kitchen now and that has helped a lot. I also deal with stains right away...I will at least dab at it with a damp sponge and a little dishwashing liquid. Then the stain doesn't set. Works wonders.

and i know some of you are reading this and thinking "My God! You just figured that out??!!!" Yup.
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I have the SAME problem!! I have been trying to be better about it but I swear I am worse than my 5 yo!!

For me I think I don't pay enough attention and I end up with things on my clothes.
I have been wearing an apron in the kitchen now and that has helped a lot. I also deal with stains right away...I will at least dab at it with a damp sponge and a little dishwashing liquid. Then the stain doesn't set. Works wonders.

and i know some of you are reading this and thinking "My God! You just figured that out??!!!" Yup.
My husband has this tendency, and the one cleaning supply I use that is not eco-friendly is Shout. I decided that getting the stain out (and keeping the shirt) is better for the planet than consuming shirt after shirt after shirt. I'm not sure if I'm right on this one or not, but it feels right to me.

I tried some eco-friendly stain removers and found none that works as reliably as Shout.
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This is an inventory of all the clothing I own:

Pants
2 jeans (one grey, one blue)
2 wool (one grey, one pinstriped)
2 yoga pants (one capri, one full-length)
1 pajama pants
1 scrubs pants

1 Nightgown

Skirts
2 all-season (one black with flowers, one black)
1 jean
1 wool (black and white)

Cardigans
1 black with white
1 black
1 pink

Sweatshirts
1 black
1 green
1 maroon

Blouses
1 short-sleeved grey
1 long-sleeved patterned

Short-sleeved tees
2 black
1 green
1 grey/cream
1 cream

Long-sleeved tees
2 black
1 cream turtleneck
1 brown/grey stripes
1 black/white stripes

Tank tops
3 nursing (one grey, one black, one pink)
1 black
1 black camisole
1 brown
1 crazy purple knitted camisole thing that I love

Dresses
1 black and green

Things I can't wear while I'm still nursing:
1 black sundress
1 black cocktail dress
2 jersey dresses (one grey, one black)
1 nightgown
1 slip

Shoes
1 pair black heels
1 pair Birkenstock clogs
1 pair black Mary Janes
1 pair black Fluevog boots
1 pair running shoes

Coats:
1 long green wool
1 short heavy brown sweater
1 long lightweight camel sweater (for spring and fall)

Socks
Undies/Bras
Scarves/Mitts/Hats
2 Swimsuits (one beachy, one sporty)

Somebody wears too much black!

Looking at it, I could probably pare it down, but I do honestly wear it most of it really regularly (excepting the things that aren't conducive to nursing right now). It still looks like a lot. I dunno.

I know there are some doubles in there. I have two pairs of wool pants. I could probably do with only one, but I live in Canada, and I get a lot of months of wear out of them. I can probably ditch the cocktail dress, since the sundress is nice enough. The wool skirt can probably go, and one of the black cardigans (even though they're both pretty...ugh!).

I cycle through the t-shirts pretty regularly. I consistently get little holes in them around my middle. Why? It's a mystery. I bet half of the ones I've listed are holey, but I'm telling myself they don't have ENOUGH holes for anyone to notice.

I SAH most of the time, but I do some occasional contract work that requires businesswear.

Does this look like too much? I may have to do some culling tonight.

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I cycle through the t-shirts pretty regularly. I consistently get little holes in them around my middle. Why? It's a mystery. I bet half of the ones I've listed are holey, but I'm telling myself they don't have ENOUGH holes for anyone to notice.
Hey! I have the mysterious belly hole disease too! I blame mine on my cats though, because they like to come knead my stomach. Apparently my big Jell-O tummy feels good to their paws or something

I really need to go through my closet, but I feel guilty getting rid of clothes. Most of them I didn't buy, my mom or grandma bought them for me in an effort to dress me up a bit. I'm just not a dressy type of girl. Give me a couple of T-shirts and a hoodie and a pair of jeans or two and we're good to go. They tell me I dress like a man I tell them it's more comfy... arguments, blah blah blah, and so my closet has a ton of clothes that are really cute, just not my style.

So yeah, I really need to de-closet. And I have way too many pairs of pajamas too...leftover from when I was pregnant and lived in only pajamas

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the major problem in my closet is pjs.. and I rarely buy them.. the thing is, my pj's are my regular clothes that are no longer acceptable to wear in public, so they get demoted to the pj drawer (i'm constantly getting stains/holes/snags on my tees). I probably have 5 pants, 1 capri, 2 shorts, 5 shortsleeve t's, 4 longsleeve t's, 3 tank tops, 2 hoodies, and that's after I recently pared it down. I try the "one in, one out" rule, but they're just all so comfy, and they all could completely fall apart at any moment, so I'd hate to be left with nothing...

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Does this look like too much? I may have to do some culling tonight.
I'd probably get rid of the black jersey dress, since you have the black cocktail and the black sundress.

I think as far as pajamas go you are doing great, since you just have the one nightgown. I pared down to 4 pairs of pajama bottoms and a couple of pajama tops (DH's old t-shirts) last night.

I guess you could go down to one bathing suit... but if you really have a use for one beachy and one sporty, then that's cool. And I'd probably go down to the one black cardigan, but if you find yourself reaching for both of them, then there's no reason to get rid of one.

I think really it's a matter of if you have space for the clothing that you have, and if you have the patience to fold the laundry that you have.

For me, that's the main thing. I'm running out of space, and I don't want my laundry room floor covered in laundry anymore.

You're doing really well!

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This is such a problem, as I'm looking at my clothes I'm noticing that I don't have a lot of the closet *basics*... you know... one black dress, etc. I did get rid of one garbage bag of clothing so far, and I'm working still... but I think that in the New Year I'll focus my clothing attention and budget to minimizing and swapping (one in, one out) for really classic, basic pieces that go well together.

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This is such a problem, as I'm looking at my clothes I'm noticing that I don't have a lot of the closet *basics*... you know... one black dress, etc. I did get rid of one garbage bag of clothing so far, and I'm working still... but I think that in the New Year I'll focus my clothing attention and budget to minimizing and swapping (one in, one out) for really classic, basic pieces that go well together.

Take care,
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I've been thinking about this, too, since I don't really have THAT much, I want to make sure it's all classic and versatile.

I'm really tempted to get a different pair of boots and a different pair of heels, because the ones I have are a little too trendy. I'm Compacting this year, though, so new shoes haven't been a consideration for a while.

It's hard to know what to do with the specialty clothing. Like, I rarely wear a cocktail dress, but it fits well and looks nice. When the occasion comes to wear one, will I be sorry that I got rid of it? But then, if I seldom wear it, should it be taking up precious real estate in my closet? Is there something else I own that will serve the purpose?

If I could do a better job of keeping on top of laundry, I could get away with less.

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I'm hoping that by really simplifying my closet it'll FORCE me to keep on top of laundry!

Because really... I took pictures last night of my laundry room floor, my messy drawers, and my closet, because when I'm done I'm going to take pictures.... and they are COVERED... and that's not including the floor space in my bedroom and bathroom that has clothes on it.

It's actually embarassing me to write this... but hopefully I'll get this under control. I feel so untidy.

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I don't have an inventory but I do have a lot. My thing is that it's hard for me to find things that fit right, since I'm so dern short (4' 10-1/2"). When I find something, I hang onto it until it's in tatters. (Or stained beyond belief, thank you kids! )

I don't wear most of it though, and a lot of what I have doesn't fit anymore due to the inevitable changes in body-shape after six kids. I have been meaning to sort through everything and weed some of it out. I do already have one stack of donation-items. Mostly t-shirts that are just too baggy, hehe.

On that note, however, I sorted through my 3-yo DD's clothes the other day... because of boxes of stuff having been donated by a sister, a sister-in-law and a friend, she has 44 pairs of pants in a size 3T. She could wear a different pair of pants every day for a month and a half before I had to do laundry. Yeah, it's definitely time to pare THAT down!! I don't think I have owned that many pairs of pants over the course of my entire life.

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I don't have an inventory but I do have a lot. My thing is that it's hard for me to find things that fit right, since I'm so dern short (4' 10-1/2").
I hear ya. One of the reasons why I would rather buy dresses and skirts. I don't have to hem them!! Two of the pairs of pants I have I really dislike, but I've hemmed them already, to buy a new pair of pants that I have to hem just makes me want to cry right now.

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On that note, however, I sorted through my 3-yo DD's clothes the other day... because of boxes of stuff having been donated by a sister, a sister-in-law and a friend, she has 44 pairs of pants in a size 3T. She could wear a different pair of pants every day for a month and a half before I had to do laundry. Yeah, it's definitely time to pare THAT down!! I don't think I have owned that many pairs of pants over the course of my entire life.
That reminds me, I was the youngest and smallest girl cousin of 17 girl cousins. So I got a lot and I mean a lot of handme downs when I was a kid. I remember in grade three, I wore a different outfit to school each day. It wasn't until the end of Nov that I finally ran out of clothes. It was a sad day when I stopped recieving so many handme downs.

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I read a neat article on liturgical dressing, and I really liked the idea. So, I am in the midst of paring my wardrobe and changing over my clothes.

I am figuring the following will cover any needs I might have:

3/4 length t-shirts

3 green
2 purple
2 rose/pink
2 blue
2 red
3 white

Knee-length casual skirts
1 black cordoroy wrap
1 brown cordoroy wrap
1 denim wrap
1 black twill flare
1 khaki twill flare
1 denim flare

Button-downs
1 green
1 purple
1 blue
1 red
1 rose/pink
2 white

Knee-length dressy skirts
1 black sateen flare
1 black microsuade wrap
1 black microsuade flare

Casual dresses
3 black (with no ties, and several ties in the below colors)
2 green
1 red
1 blue
2 purple
1 rose/pink

Nice dresses
1 black wrap
1 black crushes sateen pullover
2 purple
3 green
1 red
1 blue
1 gold
1 rose/pink

I figure that I can "pack" each color together (except for the black) and pull it out according to the liturgical season!
Though now that I think about it, I will prolly have more green since ordinary time is the longest!

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I want to pare down my clothes too. One thing puzzles me - many of you who have gone through the exercise are still ending up with multiple clothes of the same color & type. (e.g. 2 long sleeve green shirts).

Why?

I havent taken inventory yet but what I am thinking of is 2 sets of the following, one for hot weather and one for cold weather: 5 complete outfits suitable for wearing out, 3-4 for home, 2 for sleep and 3-5 for dressy ocassions.

practically I will have to see how this shapes up once I take inventory.

I may not toss anything but I will resolve to buy NOTHING unless required to complete required inventory. I am hoping I can buy no clothes in 2009.

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I want to pare down my clothes too. One thing puzzles me - many of you who have gone through the exercise are still ending up with multiple clothes of the same color & type. (e.g. 2 long sleeve green shirts).

Why?
With me, I am dressing according the color of the liturgical season. And I like to have at least one week's worth of clothes. So for me, 2 green shirts (with one of the above skirts), a casual green dress, a casual black dress with green ties and a nice green dress get me through one work during Ordinary Time.
The white shirts are something to have on hand, just in case. And it's always nice to have at least 2 white t-shirts and a white button down!

And you have to understand- all of those clothes are not in my closet at one time! The green items are packed together, the purple, the pink, and so on.

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I have a bunch of casual clothes that Ive had since before I got married. Other than maternity clothes the last time I really went clothes shopping was when I got back from Iraq in Mar 2005. I really need to go clothes shopping when I get back to the states in a year and a half. Most of the clothes I have are only good for house work, I think I have one or two nicer outfits for when I go out. I do have nicer maternity clothing than I do regular clothes since I just bought some when I got pregnant with DD2 since I gave away most of mine before I found out I was pregnant.

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I want to declutter my wardrobe, but i am having problems because of weight fluctuation. I have my skinny clothes, my regular clothes, my bigger clothes/post partum clothes an then the maternity clothes-which most i am lending to my sister at the moment. I just can't part with clothes that I may 'need' down he road, but my closet is always unorganized and i keep thinking, that if i get rid of some or my put some clothes in storage?? I don't know what to do, but then i have dh saying I wear boring clothes? I guess i try to by more classic styles, the trendy clothes go out of style so fast or i will gain a few pounds then they no longer fit me. I do plan on ttc again sometime in the near future, and right now i am trying to lose weight. I guess i should just focus on clothes that i don't like or never wear-like tshirts, i think i have a doze that i never wear, i just don't like to wear bulky tshirts much. I guess i can keep a couple for cleaning or dirty jobs and donate the rest. Okay that is a start!

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All my maternity clothes (which are also my post partum clothes as I hate the maternity clothes with the tummy front on them) I have in storage. We don't have a lot of room, and I was feeling that my actual wardrobe was suffucating with all the clothes that I can't wear anymore. When I do become pregnant again I will put back the maternity clothes and store the non maternity clothes. Then whatever I actually wear will be in my closet, and I don't have to sort through the "can't wear anymore" clothes trying to find something that I can wear.

As for having duplicates, I only have 2 green long sleeved shirts. Basically because I love both shirts and can't bare to give one up right now. Plus I reasoned in my mind, one green shirt doesn't look good with skirts while the other one does.
The two blouses that I have are different multi-colored blouses and different cut, so even though I just said 2 blouses. They are very different.

I think everyone has to find what works for them and what doesn't. For me, right now, a week into it. I love my limited wardrobe. My mind feels uncluttered, I don't feel like I have little to wear, and I do laundry more often. I'm hoping one day when I don't have sticky dirty hands always touching my clothes I will be able to rewear clothes once or twice without having to wash them after I wear them.

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I am fortunate, I lost weight recently and gave my previous bigger sized stuff away. The maternity stuff left after I finished having babes w Maggie. Also, when done nursing, I passed the clothing on too.

After I finished nursing, we moved to a more walk friendly neighborhood and with two large flights on stairs to boot, I lost weight- 2 sizes. A friend of mine also was loosing weight so she took all my old clothes happily.

Now, on one income and wanting to not buy things to sit in my closet, I buy what I need. If I buy a new pair of black boots, the old ones go out the door. If I buy new athletic shoes, the previous gets demoted to lawn mowing.

The only difference, I live in the midwest so we have really hot and really cold weather so I have things I might not wear for 6 months like shorts etc.

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Last winter I couldn't get my 'post baby number 4' bum or hips in to any of my trousers and I had read the Little Brown Dress blog so I decided to sew something I could wear as a uniform. As I was hoping to lose weight I settled on a long wrap skirt not a dress because I was going to need boob access.

I made the first one in a brushed twill to see how may pattern would work and wore it every day for about a month with about 5 different Ts and a couple of sweaters.

Then as it got colder I found two large remnants of heavy weight burn orange coloured wool fabric which was just amazing so I sewed another one the same. It is amazing how well orange co-ordinates with brown, turquoise, purple, deep pinks and black! I hate taking the wool one off to go to bed as it keeps me so warm

I bought one pair of jeans from a thrift shop and those 3 things were my whole wardrobe of 'bottoms'

This winter I am back in the skirts and have bought a new pair of jeans because I have lost a bit of weight! I wear them with knee length socks or tights underneath and 3 different sweaters with long sleeved Ts under and sometimes a vest too.

No-one has said anything about me always wearing the same clothes and I don't feel bad about it at all.

Now if only I could work out a similar uniform for summer I would be set!
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Last winter I couldn't get my 'post baby number 4' bum or hips in to any of my trousers and I had read the Little Brown Dress blog so I decided to sew something I could wear as a uniform. As I was hoping to lose weight I settled on a long wrap skirt not a dress because I was going to need boob access.

I made the first one in a brushed twill to see how may pattern would work and wore it every day for about a month with about 5 different Ts and a couple of sweaters.

Then as it got colder I found two large remnants of heavy weight burn orange coloured wool fabric which was just amazing so I sewed another one the same. It is amazing how well orange co-ordinates with brown, turquoise, purple, deep pinks and black! I hate taking the wool one off to go to bed as it keeps me so warm

I bought one pair of jeans from a thrift shop and those 3 things were my whole wardrobe of 'bottoms'

This winter I am back in the skirts and have bought a new pair of jeans because I have lost a bit of weight! I wear them with knee length socks or tights underneath and 3 different sweaters with long sleeved Ts under and sometimes a vest too.

No-one has said anything about me always wearing the same clothes and I don't feel bad about it at all.

Now if only I could work out a similar uniform for summer I would be set!
Where did you get your wrap skirt pattern?

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I really like this thread. Getting rid of clothes is easier said than done. The longer I have had something the less I feel like parting with it and if I just bought something then why would I get rid of it .... and with this economy,better hang on to it ... so there is always some excuse.

I'd love to stop buying but unfortunately I can't pass up a sale. Flannel night-pants for $3.24 ... better stock up, and get bigger sizes too! I did decide (3 days ago) to STOP going to the store so that I don't see these sales - something is always on clearance. Wish me luck, I plan to stick to this one for a while. (We can get everything we need from the grocery store so there is no NEED to visit dept stores and get caught in clearance sales.)

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Where did you get your wrap skirt pattern?
I made the pattern with a bit of maths!

My wool skirt has 6 panels. The grey skirt has 5.

Measure your waist and add half your waist again. Divide this by 6 (or 5) and you have the top edge of each panel. The bottom edge of each panel is at least half again of the top edge so for example top is 8" bottom is 13" Length of each is whatever you like.

Draw one panel on newspaper or other big paper then add seam allowances to each side of about 1/2 inch, top 1/2 inch and bottom about 2" for the hem. Cut this out and use as your template.

Cut as many panels as you need and sew side seams together then make ties/waistband and finish hem.

Here is a pattern with instructions for sewing and drafting a pattern for only 2 panels. I was trying to get the most out of the fabric I had which is why I went with a larger number of smaller panels.
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Thank you orangefoot. I think I'm going to make one. I love nice wrap skirts.

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I have:

1 pair of jeans (i seriously own no other trousers)

5 tops

1 pair black lace up shoes (Look great with jeans)

2 oversized t-shirts to wear in bed

1 long sleaved black zip up top


underwear


Thats it! Is that insane? I find I have to do laundry regularly (every couple of days) I don't choose to spend my money on more clothes than this b/c i feel they are over priced and fall to bits anyway.
Do you think i am mad to have so little? I'm 29

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I have:

1 pair of jeans (i seriously own no other trousers)

5 tops

1 pair black lace up shoes (Look great with jeans)

2 oversized t-shirts to wear in bed

1 long sleaved black zip up top


underwear


Thats it! Is that insane? I find I have to do laundry regularly (every couple of days) I don't choose to spend my money on more clothes than this b/c i feel they are over priced and fall to bits anyway.
Do you think i am mad to have so little? I'm 29
Wow... I down to you. I think if you are happy with the amount of clothes you have then it is the perfect amount. I'm liking my 4 pairs of pants... I couldn't do one though. a) I always have sticky hands making them dirty. b) the laundry room is down the hall.

I really am a believer now that less clothes is the way to go. I don't waste money on cheap clothes that fall apart in a few washes. And the clothes I do buy fit me better because I'm able to spend a bit more money on them, and buy the better quality clothes.

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I don't have an inventory but I do have a lot. My thing is that it's hard for me to find things that fit right, since I'm so dern short (4' 10-1/2"). When I find something, I hang onto it until it's in tatters. (Or stained beyond belief, thank you kids! )
Ha, I have the opposite problem . I'm 5'11" and have really long legs and arms. My inseam is 34 inches! So it's really rare for me to find clothes that have long enough legs or sleeves. I tend to keep my clothes forever, or until they fall apart. I have some clothes that are 15 year old…I am meticulous about the care of my clothes to make them last. I’ve reached a point in my life where I spend very little money on clothes. I only add a couple things to my wardrobe each year, and those are generally thrift store finds. (Maybe there is something about being 30 that makes me hate shopping for clothes .)

I try to keep versatile cloths that can coordinate/layered easily and be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the circumstance. I have a fair number of clothes, but far fewer than most. One of the reasons I haven’t gotten rid of more clothes is because my weight fluctuates a lot due to a thyroid disorder. I can wear anything from a size 8 to a size 14. So I hate to get ride of something that I might need, yk. For example, I have two pairs of skinning jeans and two pairs of chubby jeans. I tend to wear both of whichever size I fit into each week.

Plus my job as an archaeologist means that I need everything from business suites to field clothes, so I it’s impossible to have just a couple outfits in my closet. I have three pairs of field pants and three pairs of dress slacks. Field clothes are only worn during the summer when I'm in the field. Dress pants are worn every week at work.

The other issue is that I live in a climate that varies considerably. Summers are very hot and winters are very cold...Climate makes a difference in wardrobe choice. Especially when you don’t live with A/C and keep your heat turned down in the winter, so I have to dress appropriate for the weather. This is why I also have about 4 pairs of shorts, which are worn throughout the summer.

So I have a variety of clothes, but they are all used regularly. I wear enough clothes to make one load of laundry each week. Anything that hasn't come out of the drawer in a while gets donated.
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