12.1.13

Too Old for White Trainers

one of hubs' fave t-shirts - he was a born minimalist (unlike me)
Alongside setting up my office nook in our bedroom I'm currently decluttering this room as part of my Making Room series (decluttering room by room). After seven months in this house we're tackling some of the wayward clutter that is still hanging around and our bedroom currently seems to be a magnet for it. So this afternoon I helped hubs with a light edit of his wardrobe.

He knows my minimalist mantras off by heart now and he's a true vet of the process so it wasn't time-consuming or difficult. In fact it only took about forty five minutes and I was surplus to requirements really - I cheered him on as I lay on the bed and took photos.




We started by emptying each drawer in his chest of drawers. My tried and tested method is to focus on deciding what to keep rather than what to lose. Each item was sorted according to a wear or don't wear statement. There were few deliberations - the rejected garments were either discarded because they were too worn or too tight.




We then set to work on editing the clothes and shoes in his half of the wardrobe and again this wasn't too difficult. Decluttering your wardrobe second or third time around is really so much easier than the first. He thinks he's too old for white trainers (apart from for exercise purposes) - more a brogues man now - so two white pairs were rejected alongside two other worn out pairs. 



Here is a list of what was removed from his wardrobe:

9 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of pants, 1 scarf, 6 t-shirts, 5 long-sleeved tops, 1 short-sleeved shirt, 2 long-sleeved shirts, 1 cardigan, 1 pair of jeans, 2 pairs of shorts and 5 pairs of trainers/shoes. 

Not bad for less than an hours work and we have one large bag to donate to charity and two bags for recycling. I think we're on a roll.


I imagine my forthcoming clothes edit may be slightly harder but I'm determined to get my wardrobe down to a more manageable level. I'll update you soon.

9 comments :

  1. I like your style. I am not yet brave enough to edit my wardrobe instead I vacuum packed everything and put it back. I may be a lost cause!

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  2. Yes, running along the same road, even down to planning a work soace in my bedroom too!

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  3. I've been working on my wardrobe a lot lately, but my hubs needs to pare down a lot. He's actually more of a shoe hound than me! Isn't that funny? I've just never been a shoe person. My oldest daughter definitely is though and I feel like I'm always tripping over them. Ugh.

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  4. I wish my hubby would realise that he"s too old for white trainers and that he's too young for those old men jeans that he gets from tesco because they are cheap!!

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  5. It's great that you got to help your husband declutter his wardrobe. I'll be happy if one day my boyfriend asks me to help him declutter ;)

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  6. Good job! You've reminded me that I really need to go through my wardrobe, and hubby REALLY needs to go through his. I will bully him into it. We'll both feel better. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Gillian x

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  7. I'm impressed! My husband has so many t-shirts and shirts we are bursting at the seams, I shall casually leave your blog post open on my iPad I think and hopefully inspire him into action, thank you!

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  8. Well done...we did the same and it feels great. strangely enough, I almost feel as though I have more clothes, because I can see what I've got and it's easier to mix and match now.

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