Clearing the Closet

The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
— Socrates

I will soon need to replace some of my older clothing. Usually I'd just replace the odd item as needed, but I'm considering a different strategy. I have a lot of clothes that I do not wear, and in some cases have far more of particular clothing items than I really will ever need. I also have a small but growing collection of T-shirts that I love. I've considered minimalist principles in other aspects of life recently, and I'm curious to see how well I can apply them to my daily apparel.

Take my formal shirts: I have perhaps 14 or so of them and tend to wear the same 5 or six on a weekly basis. I only work 5 days a week and the laundry is done over the weekend; so that would suggest that 8 of these are pretty much just gathering dust in my wardrobe. The ones that I do like to wear are starting to get a bit rough around the edges. If I replace those 14 with 6 new ones I'll have a clean shirt every day, one spare should a shirt succumb to an unfortunate accident, and they'd take up only half as much space in my closet.

I should be able to reduce most of my clothing in the same way. A week's worth of small clothing, pairs of jeans and so on; probably reducing the total number of items in my wardrobe by far more than half. So long as there's a small surplus for unforeseen trouble I should never be without the essentials. I can always buy additional items if a need becomes apparent.

I'm not prepared to give up the T-shirt collection yet however!

The downside is lack of choice - but I don't really capitalise on whatever wealth of options I have. I'm a jeans and T-shirt guy, never really caring to spend much time making very deliberate outfit selections. Why not make that selection (more or less) at the point of purchase and not really worry about it later on?

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