My Epically Decluttered Wardrobe (Update #1)

my 10 month declutter plan has officially begun.  heck not only for me but sunday i'm heading over to my friend's house, to help her make room for her baby coming in february.  for myself though, i decided to start with my closet.  i've been majorly decluttering this area for the past year and got rid of a ton of things before moving, so i figured (correctly) that it was an area that was mostly done and i could check it off the list.  i only found about 60 more things to get rid of (detailed below), but i also wanted to count up what i was keeping.  (1) so i could see exactly what needing replacing and if anything was missing and (2) to keep that number in mind when i determine at the end of all this whether i got close to getting rid of 50% of the stuff in my place.

i've read other blogs on minimalism and closet decluttering, and they give great advice and show impressive numbers on how much they have.  but their numbers often come with an asterisk saying "does not include underwear, socks, workout clothes, pajamas, etc."  well, isn't that part of a wardrobe?  it is to me.  my numbers include all of those things.  every single thing you'd find in my closet and dresser.  even coats and winter accessories.  and jewelry!

the number of things left?  199.  i'm pretty impressed with myself!  here's the breakdown by category: (and tossed means tossed, donated, or sold.)

the clothes
kept my 1 suit.  i probably need more than 1 eventually but my current job just doesn't require it, as i mostly stay out of court.
tops.  tossed 2, kept 27.  i was even surprised that i wear all 27, but i truly do.  and remember, this is for every season, not just fall/winter.
sweaters.  tossed 2, kept 5
cardigans.  tossed 3 4, kept 6 5
tank tops.  tossed 1, kept 5
t shirts.  tossed 1, kept 3
work pants.  tossed 0, kept 3
jeans.  tossed 0, kept 9.  i still think 9 is excessive, but since everything is in good condition, i decided to keep the extras and when one pair gets worn out, i won't replace it.
dresses.  tossed 0, kept 11
skirts.  tossed 2, kept 5
sweatshirts.  tossed 3, kept 1
coats/jackets/blazers.  tossed 2, kept 5

the little things
underwear.  tossed 5, kept 23.  this is probably still excessive but victoria's secret makes cute things and i can't give them up.  underwear in good condition will always be put to use, right?!
bras. tossed 0, kept 10
socks.  tossed 0, kept 10
tights.  tossed 5, kept 2
lingerie.  tossed 2, kept 5
pj/yoga pants.  tossed 3, kept 5
pj/yoga tops.  tossed 0 2, kept 4
workout bottoms.  tossed 1 3, kept 3 1
workout tops.  tossed 1, kept 3
swim suits.  tossed 0, kept 2
robe.  tossed 0, kept 1

shoes.  tossed 7, kept 15 (would shoes go under clothes, or accessories? eh. whatever.)
purses.  tossed 3, kept 10
belts.  tossed 2, kept 3
winter wear.  tossed 3, kept 6
jewelry.  tossed 13, kept 15
sunglasses.  tossed 0, kept 3

total decluttered: 58 66
total kept: 199 198
22.5% 25%

maybe when i get my act together i'll make a spreadsheet or something.  until then, i'm pretty pleased with my list of less than 200 things.  hmm what to tackle next.


  1. it sounds like you're creating a well thought-out, minimalist wardrobe, which is amazing. i would be terrified to count up all of my clothes, accessories, etc. because i'm sure the number would be exponentially higher than yours. in my defense, i've started purging my closet every few months, so at least there's that.


  2. I'm totally impressed. I do go through my things every season and get rid of what doesn't fit/what I won't wear. But I've never counted my things... it's a little intimidating!

  3. I whacked my wardrobe earlier this year but still kept a lot. However, I find myself now seeking to wear different things rather than sticking with the same few things. So if I'm getting use out of everything, I'm pleased.

  4. 58 items! that's pretty awesome. i need to just let stuff go . it's so hard.

  5. OMG so cool! I am motivated now to count my items this weekend and see where i fall! Good job girl!

  6. I love this idea!! What about ratty clothes for cleaning the house? I am not sure exactly how many of those I need...maybe just one outfit like that. I have old workout clothes that I don't wear to the gym but I've been keeping to clean in.

  7. Completely in love/impressed with this! I'm getting there little by little but this has definitely inspired me to step my game up! I used to have SO many tee-shirts and I soon realized it was silly to have them all!!

  8. Wow this is awesome! I have no idea how many articles of clothing I have, but at one time I had 27 light jackets/cardigan sweaters. I have done better at getting rid of stuff though.

  9. I am so impressed you have under 200 things. Mine would be well about that I know without a doubt. Time for me to purge!

  10. Every time it amazes me that you still have anything left to get rid of!! Good job though : )

  11. I may not be organized in all areas of my life, but I keep my clothes and accessories down to what I wear/use. I shop wisely now. I buy items that go with other items in my closet. I think ahead to various ways I can wear something. And I wouldn't live like this if it weren't for blogging. Fashion blogs changed my life when it comes to clothes. This doesn't mean I don't splurge on something random from time to time. I went into a thrift store to get pieces for my Halloween costume and found a pair of coral heels with a gold toe. They were $12 and are now in my closet. Ha! I have no idea what I can wear them with, but I'm going to figure it out.

  12. Ok-WOW. This is impressive! I love to get rid of things I know I'll never wear again, but then two years later I'm like DAMNIT I need that polka dot rain jacket I threw out!

  13. Wow!!! You even counted all your items? I have a new mission now!

  14. I have a really minimal wardrobe except for socks...I have more socks than anything. Who knows why?!!

    This is awesome though! Winter is when I usually declutter as much as possible, probably because I can't do much outside so mine starts soon!

  15. Started following your blog from linkups via Stephanie's blog and JUST realized that you're a fellow attorney. Love "meeting" other attorney bloggers!

    Impressive job decluttering/minimizing.

    I do what I want.

  16. I did a total overhaul and just was like this! I was a mad woman throwing things out but I don't miss any of it!

  17. fabulous! i love that you included other things as well, though i'm with you - underwear in good condition will always put to good use! it's the other things i need to get rid of lol. hopefully i can tackle my own closet this weekend.

  18. I think most of my things might be excessive after seeing your list! I have two huge bags sitting in my car right now to give to my sister tonight for her to keep or that is a start, right?!?!

  19. omg this made me have a mini panic attack just reading it. I would never be able to. not from my closet.

  20. You're so organized when it comes to organizing. It's so nice to keep up with your decluttering. :)

    Life With Antlers // A Personal Blog

  21. This is seriously impressive to me. The more I read it, the more I want to toss out of my own closet...

    aka Bailey

  22. I'm super impressed with your list!

  23. My biggest problem is that I'm not particularly hard on my clothes and I don't grow in any way. So my stuff doesn't wear out and I don't grow out of it (or get smaller...) so I have stuff I bought my sophomore year of high school that I can't justify getting rid of. It's rough. Maybe I need to just crack down and de-clutter like you did.

  24. "would shoes go under clothes, or accessories? eh. whatever" I would say if the shoes are comfortable than they fall under the clothes category and if they are uncomfortable then they are an accessory ! * Sarah Grace

    1. Haha that's the perfect distinction! So true!

  25. That's some good work! I need to pare down my wardrobe too. I have a lot of things it's time to get rid of.

  26. WOW!! I loved that you shared exactly what you had in terms of numbers, that is awesome! I've started setting a few items aside to get rid of, even though we did two trash bags full of stuff before the move :) Your posts are very inspirational, thanks so much for sharing so many great details!