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I kept looking in my closet and being very underwhelmed with my options. I just had a baby and my body is completely different. Not only am I a bigger size, I feel like the shape of my body has changed also. I decided that now was the perfect time to declutter and develop my minimalist wardrobe! I never had any intention of being able to fit all of my clothes in a backpack, but I definitely wanted to simplify my closet.

Clothes that are too small = stress

Clothes that make me look bad = stress

Too many options = stress

Not the right stuff = stress

Too much laundry = stress

So, I started by getting rid of everything. And I really mean it, I dropped 11 black garbage bags full of clothes at Goodwill. I took every item out of my closet and sorted it into three piles. Donate, Keep, and Try on (so I can either donate or keep). I did this with the intention that I was only keeping the bare minimum amount of  items that look good, feel good, and have a purpose in my closet.

I had a ton of clothes stored away in the crawl space…I decided to not even look at them and bring them to straight to Goodwill. I don’t even know how long they’ve been down there and by the time they fit again…the stuff won’t be cute or in style anymore. Knowing that there are absolutely no clothes stored away gives me a huge sense of peace! I gathered clothes from our guestroom closet and discarded what I knew I wouldn’t wear anymore or any dresses that have lived their full life.  I went through hats, gloves, scarves, and the coats in the coat closet.

Again, all with the intention that it needs to fit, make me feel good, and serve a purpose.

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I kept:

  • 2 pairs of Jeans

  • 3 Cute Tops I had purchased recently

  • 4 Cardigans

  • 3 summery dresses I purchased recently

  • All of my maternity clothes (I know I will use those again one day soon!)

  • 10 pairs of shoes

  • 5 Pairs workout leggings

  • 3 Black leggings

  • 5 T-shirts

  • Intimates

  • 4 Pajama Sets

  • 5 Scarves



Now, this is not what I will live off of, but It allowed me to start fresh! Like, I mean it. I’ve never felt so good after getting rid of so much stuff!

After I had everything decluttered and organized, I made a list of what I NEED to survive work, not doing laundry every day, and not feeling like I only have one outfit. I’ve never been the type of person who can’t re-ware things, but I want to have enough that I feel comfortable and happy with my selection. 

I’m a teacher so my wardrobe may be different than many of you in the corporate world. But it definitely helps to make a list!


My Bare Minimum Wardrobe:

  • 3 Black Leggings

  • 1 Black Pants

  • 2 Pair of Jeans

  • 8-12 Cute Tops (I could wear to work or out with friends)

  • 2 White T-Shirts

  • 2 Black T-Shirts

  • 1 Grey Cardigan

  • 1 Black Cardigan

  • 1 Other Cardigan

  • 2 WTHS Shirts (For school spirit Fridays!)

  • 2 Illini Shirts (For College Wednesdays!)

  • 1 pair of Black Flats

  • 5 Workout Outfits

  • Gym Shoes

  • 10 Socks

  • 14 Underwear

  • 3 Bras

  • 5 Sports Bras


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Once I had my list,  I started purchasing what I didn’t have. I am not done with my purchases, but I’ve decided to look for good quality items that I know will last me a long time. Like, I love target as much as the next gal, but will those cute tops really last the test of time? Probably not. So, I’ve invested a bit more money into those work/going out tops so I can get pieces that will last for years. Since my wardrobe is mostly very simple, I figured I could splurge on tops at the various boutiques in town! We have a higher-end resale shop that I am LOVING! It makes me happy that I can recycle clothes without sacrificing quality or style.


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Have you started to declutter? Are you working towards a more minimalist lifestyle?