Day 331: Thoughts About Living With Less In My Wardrobe

I’m not usually one to lay my clothes out the night before in order to make getting ready easier the next day; however, last night I did because I needed to save a bit of time this morning. It was easy to do this because I’ve been alternating the same clothes to wear.

It got me thinking why I have so many combinations of outfits taking up space in my wardrobe and drawers, when over lockdown my wardrobe choices have been from a limited selection.

At the moment I’ve been rotating t-shirts from a small selection (mostly black, but there is one pink and one red in that selection as well). On the bottom half I’ve worn either a pair of jeans or a denim skirt (the latter paired with tights in the winter). If I’m going out for a walk, I will choose one of two pairs of leggings and I have 2 or 3 hoodies that I tend to alternate. In the summer, I had a few light dresses with a couple of cardigans as an optional layer.

The rest of the clothes have hardly been worn and although I probably will wear them after lockdown, I’ve been quite content and comfortable with the limited selection. Comparing this to when I was travelling over 17 years ago, I had an even smaller selection to choose from. I managed then and I’m doing it again now.

Feeling brave

I wonder if I could reduce my wardrobe now before lockdown is over. This way, I will have less to wash, less to store, less to manage etc. I’ve always kept clothes just in case. Can I really change?

At the weekend I might tackle clothes again and maybe list down exactly what I have and work out what I actually need. I have a charity bag run on 15 December where I’ve committed to ten more bags so I can use that as my deadline.

Have you realised over this year’s lockdowns that you can operate out of a limited wardrobe? Have some of your clothes not seen the light of day this year?

I know that I will struggle to get rid of clothes so any tips would be useful… thank you.

A Busy day… so time to relax

Today’s been busy at work so not much progress on the decluttering side. I also had a coaching assessment via zoom today which is going to determine if I’ve passed the course that I’ve been working on for the past year. Fingers crossed, as I did beat myself up about it afterwards thinking that I could have answered the questions better.

Time for a nice bubble bath to relax. I really need to create some space in my mind.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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3 Responses to Day 331: Thoughts About Living With Less In My Wardrobe

  1. Going through clothes is a process. Since you have not been going to an office, your wardrobe is naturally going to be pared down, do a deep dive into your closet and try things on that you have not worn, maybe they haven’t been worn because they don’t fit, you don’t like them, they need repairs or you just forgot about their existence. Think about them, would you wear them if you started back into the office? If they don’t fit or you just don’t like them put them into a bag immediately, anything that needs a repair should be fixed then the decision can be made. Now that I am retired my wardrobe is not as extensive even though I used to wear a uniform to work, so now I really like what I have and if it doesn’t fit, look good or I haven’t worn it in 6 months it is gone, with the exception of special occasion outfits.

    • Thank you for the tips. As mentioned in today’s post, I’m looking forward to trying everything on tomorrow and making decisions. I think I’ll be surprised with what I end up donating.

      • I recently tried on a few pairs of jeans and a sweater and was very surprised when I realized that not only had I not worn them in quite a while but I didn’t really like them so I sent them to Thredup to sell or donate.

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