Wardrobe Tally

by Alissa

Every now and then, I count each item in my total wardrobe.  I pull open my dresser drawers, scan the closet, and check the laundry hamper.  This tally includes clothing, shoes, scarves, outerwear, sunglasses, hats, gloves, and purses/bags, (you get the picture).  I do count underwear and socks as 1 grouped item.  I’m not aiming for some magical number, but I like to see that the overall sum isn’t increasing.  Practicing Project 333 helps and I try to follow the one in one out rule throughout the year, but I’m not meticulous about it.  My number as of today stands at 109.  I was surprised to see that I’ve actually accumulated two more items since my last count.  In that time, I realize I added a slip and a pair of shoes.  It looks like I could find two more things to clear out.  I’m glad I counted, because those purchases could go easily unchecked and add up over the months and years.  When was the last time you did a wardrobe tally?  I find that it is a helpful simplicity exercise and a good reality check.  Decide what number works for you, whether that is 50 items or 300.


clothing tally in progress next to donation box


my side of the shared dresser