I am asked this question a lot by my clients. How many clothes do you need per person in your home? How many clothes do I need? It’s not an easy answer.
- Too many clothes can cause chaos in your home. Having too many clothes makes it difficult to get ready in the morning, aka “I have nothing to wear, but my closet is full.”
- If your laundry is overwhelming, it’s probably because you own too many clothes. Laundry is never complete and you have a mountain to do. Laundry can become a priority because no one has underwear too even when you have 14 pairs of undies.
- Think of the money you can save if you knew the number of clothes to purchase. Purchasing just what yo need could save you money.
- So, just how many clothes do you need per person? See what you think after I share my experiment with my client.
Here’s what Organizing and Decluttering Blogs say
I searched many blogs for the answer to how many clothes. If you are a minimalist, perhaps just owning fewer clothes is your first step. Owning less is an easy option to start. If you turn your hangers around to see what you wear, you can see how much you don’t wear. To save money, a specific list works well. That list could be a starting point to let go of extra clothes. A coordinated capsule wardrobe minimizes the number of clothes and maximizes your style potential. You will be excited to get ready each day when you know everything in your closet matches.
Here’s what followers on Facebook say
I posted this question to my Facebook followers. How many clothes do I need? Most comments included “depending on your activities.” More activities, then more clothes. Some commented on their own capsule wardrobes. Many commented that they let clothes go each season. What I learned from my Facebook followers is that the number of clothes you need is not a constant and depends on what your activities are.
Here’s what a client and I did
How many clothes does a mom need? My client and I decided on an experiment. Our goal was to simplify her laundry. It had become overwhelming. We took 5 (yes, just 5) of each item (shirts, pants, exercise, dresses, undies) in her closet to keep and placed the remainder in bags in her garage. Our experiment was to keep these bags in the garage for a month to see if she retrieved any clothes and how many she needed. Here’s how we started. We went through her clothes piece by piece and place what we were keeping in a laundry basket. When we were complete, there were 2 baskets of clothes. Immediately she felt relieved. She had struggled with laundry for quite a while. Right away she knew she had plenty to wear and that everything she wore would fit and be what she loved. She is enjoying the freedom from taking care of too many things. Then she did the same for her husband!
What’s the result of our experiment?
- Less stress because of less laundry
- Clothes are put away in closets and drawers
- More time to play with her kiddos
- Plenty to wear each day
When you think of how many clothes you need, drill down to what you need to wear and how many you need. It’s life changing! Take home this experiment and see what you think is the number of clothes you need.
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