Journey to Essentialism: Clothes & Shoes

The first step in my quest for minimizing and becoming an ‘essentialist’ started with my closet. I absolutely HATE doing laundry, and even more so, I hate having dirty clothes lying around waiting to be washed. Over the years I had acquired a number of things I no longer wore. There they hung sadly in the closet waiting for their moment to shine. Those moments never came.

As a business professional, I had to keep a little more than I would have liked, but I was able to get to my ‘essentials’ list to the following:

  • 12 pairs of socks (6 black, 6 white)
  • 3 pairs of boxers
  • 3 plain white t-shirts
  • 1 black v-neck tee
  • 1 hockey jersey (Go Badgers!)
  • 2 pairs of dress pants (1 khaki and 1 navy)
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of sweatpants (loungewear)
  • 1 pair of athletic pants (hiking and exercise)
  • 6 collared dress shirts
  • 1 Patagonia graphic tee
  • 1 Under Armor zip hoodie
  • 1 Patagonia graphic hoodie
  • 1 North Face winter jacket
  • 1 dress sport coat
  • 1 pair of hiking shoes
  • 1 pair of New Balance daily shoes
  • 1 pair of Reef flip flops
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • 1 Belt

I can now fit every item of clothing I own into less than 2 loads of laundry; and that feels GREAT!