I have done some minimalizing with my pajamas. I now have two tops and a winter bottom and summer bottom. We wash every day so I basically wear them without putting away, from out of the wash. I could have one top only but am happy with the two in case one gets wet or something. Considering I had two drawers of jammies before this feels great so Im thinking of taking the clothes minimalizing to the extreme too!
So what about clothes?? Anyone go to the point of having only what you wash every day? Im thinking of having just one of each type of top and bottom which would cover for spares in case of accidents. So like one long sleeve, one 3/4 and one t-shirt in tops. One pair jeans, shorts and a skirt. For example
If you've gone this far to the extreme, what did you/do you keep? And any advice? Any regrets?
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I inevitably blow through a knee or wear through at the inner thighs no matter what the brand (some do wear better than others). If I only had one pair, I'd probably end up buying a new pair at a higher price. As it stands, I buy them for $5 at a thrift store. I would get bored wearing the same t-shirt everyday. It would get a stain. I'd need a new one and I wouldn't have anything presentable for going out.
I really can be pretty minimal with clothes. A couple pairs of jeans, a couple capris for summer, maybe 5 t-shirts, and a brown cardigan, one pair of boots, one pair of shoes, and one pair of sandals could do me just fine. I really only need to dress up once every couple of years or so. And I don't wear pajamas. I just sleep in a t-shirt.
I was talking about this the other day with DH - after my graduation and when his business is mobilized, we're wanting to live aboard on perhaps a monohull sailboat or a catamaran. I told him I'm going to be living in a couple of sundresses - that's it! (Plus rainy clothes).
My current clothes are an absolute mess. I have so much - drawers and dowel rods full, and yet for some reason I can only get rid of a shirt or two at a time. I'm super sentimental when it comes to clothes .
Now that I'm a householder, I like to skip days of doing laundry, so I have three pairs of pants, two skirts, and six or seven tops right now. I also don't wear pajamas. Works for me.
My 'pajamas' just are a t-shirt and really comfy pants. They're not cute little fluffy duck pajamas or anything. But they are not something I would wear in the day...well the delivery man has caught me in them a few times, but that was an accident
But you could absolutely pare down the pyjamas even more. I just sleep in whatever shirt I wore that day during the winter and a singlet during the summer.
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I think people would look at you strangely and assume things about your personal hygiene if they saw you wearing the exact same outfit every single day. You also need to consider the extra wear on your clothes and environmental impact of washing everything together every day.
I wash every day anyway. We have at least one load a day. It wouldnt be any different amount by minimalizing the clothes, it would just mean the same items getting washed. I find already my clothes end up all equally worn and then you have to wear all worn clothes for ages until they finally die. That's what I like best about all my minimalzing so far, everything gets worn to death so you wear it out before you get tired of it or it goes out of style. And then you can get something new, justifiably, when you actually need it. Instead of having heaps more than you need and never wearing anything out. At least thats how its working so far, and thats what I like best
I currently am living in a "developing" country and it's summer right now. So, I'm wearing three skirts and six tops. Usually no socks and probably 6 pairs of underwear. I feel pretty minimal and kind of panicky about my lack of skirts, but it's working. Once winter comes, I'm sure that I'll be wearing a lot more clothes since people don't heat their houses and nights are about 30 F but days are 70. People have told me that the houses stay cold all the time though (haven't experienced winter here yet).
To the OP, do whatever you'd like. To me, your plan sounds a bit crazy, but to each his own. Are you sure that your kids wouldn't be embarassed by you?
However, I just recently got rid of about 3/4 of what I have, and it felt WONDERFUL! Also, strangely, I don't have as many of those "I don't have anything to wear" days.
I would like to get rid of even more. I still have many duplicates. For instance, three different types of black skirts, four pairs of jeans, two different pairs of gray pants (dockers for summer and thick cords for winter). On the one hand I know I could do with less, BUT I am a teacher, and feel like I have to dress somewhat professionally, as well as varying my wardrobe slightly each week.
I also live where it's very cold in winter and hot in summer, so I need both a winter and summer wardrobe.
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I already wear the same few outfits (two tops two shorts) cause they fit the best/look the best/are the most comfortable. Guess that ship's already sailed Except I can wear other things if I want to, but they mostly just sit in my wardrobe unused, annoying me. Plus I dont generally let other peoples judgement sway my lifestyle, if I did I wouldnt be living the way I am.
I think it's good to have some buffer room, just in case you get the flu and can't do laundry or something happens, you know? One less thing to stress about if you have a few day's buffer.
On the other hand she has a tiny house and no pets and 2 older kids. I have a farm. It is not uncommon for me to go through 2 outfits a day because I literally smell like a barn after stall cleaning and then have to run errands. I have a jacket for public use and a jacket for barn use, I have winter boots for public use and winter boots for farm use etc etc.
Love what you said here. Makes so much sense!
That's what I like best about all my minimalzing so far, everything gets worn to death so you wear it out before you get tired of it or it goes out of style. And then you can get something new, justifiably, when you actually need it. Instead of having heaps more than you need and never wearing anything out. At least thats how its working so far, and thats what I like best
I think if you are not much of a traveler a couple of outfits would suffice. My dh has gotten by on 2 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of shorts, a couple of t-shirts, one button up, and 2 sweaters for years now. That accounts for slow laundry, unexpected rips, spills that necessitate clothing changes mid-day, a broken washing machine, and going out of town for several days. I have a few more things as I like a bit of variety, but not much more. I tend to do more messy work (yard work, house renovations, painting with kids, rolling around in the dirt at the park, etc) so I like to have extras! I still only fill 1/6th of the closet though.
The biggest problem dh has with his minimal wardrobe is that kids can be messy. He always needs my VERY affectionate (but very messy) 4 year old to wash her hands before she hugs him if she has been anywhere near food. He does hand checks frequently as doesn't have a "back up" if they mess him up more than once. But again, we have 4 active, curious little people so that is a lot of potential messiness! With fewer (or no) kids, a working washing machine, no frequent or multi-day travel, and everything being ideal a couple of items would be just fine.
I like the idea of clothing minimalism (and if DS wasn't sleeping on me right now I'd probably be picking through my closet!) but I think what you're talking about is quite extreme! To each her own though
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Blah. Now I'm sad.
Some were gifts with sentimental value (a robe that I really don't like except that it was given to me by my late foster-mother for the last Christmas we spent together and is the only physical thing I have from her, for example, or the stupid worn-almost-to-shreds "Princess" pyjama top my late father bought me the last time I saw him).
basically, my husband, baby, and I can fit all of our clothes in one garment bag and one tall boy dresser (i have one drawer, DH and DS have two).
I'd get bored with a very small number of clothes, myself, but that could be minimised by choosing clothes that mix and match. If you can create 10 different outfits out of 6 garments you'll have more variety than if you can only create 3.
I'm learning to sew right now, and I do gradually hope to phase out my boring bought clothes and replace them with really good-quality, as-coutured-as-I-can-make-them clothes that will (in theory) last for years and years. I'm planning on making all my dresses and tops breastfeeding-friendly so I'm not frustrated by losing half my wardrobe every time I have a baby. And if I can make myself a really super ankle-length coat, for instance, I'll happily wear it for ten years. (Heck, my curent store-bought coat has been going strong for nearly 8, and it's not even that gorgeous...) I'm going to try to keep the colours along similar lines too so everything matches, while at the same time maintaining enough variety I don't get bored - probably lots of chocolate browns and neutrals with splashes of colour in similar, uh, tone? Hue? I suck at colour theory. You know, stuff that matches.
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