As you know, I had been talking about getting rid of clutter at home and so far I have made many successful sorties.
I was able to donate 13 pairs of shoes and 1/3 of my wardrobe and to gift 2 pairs of shoes (never been worn).
What a relief!
Even after all that, I am thinking, I can still get rid of some more items.
I am planning to retire in the next 4 years (hopefully at the end of 4 years not before) and I can dream of the minimal wardrobe I plan to have when I am retired. It will probably be like this:
1 pair of nice jeans
1 pair of nice black pants
2 nice blouses and a few nice t-shirts
1 pair of jeans to go outside and run errands
1 pair of old and worn-out jeans to do dirty work
2 pairs of sweatpants and a couple of sweatshirts to wear at home in winter
2 house dresses for the summer
Half a dozen t-shirts for every day wear.
Some old t-shirts to do dirty work
Sneakers for everyday wear
2 pairs of boots for the winter
1 pair of nice shoes
1 pair of Crocs
A couple of cardigans and may be one nice jacket just in case.
I have never been a shopaholic but, I still own more than I need. Couple of weeks ago, I was looking at the pocketbooks that I had and was surprised to see that I have probably enough bags to last all my life. I am not the kind of person who changes the pocketbook a few times during the week to match outfits and what not. I usually start using one and until it is stuffed and very heavy, I keep using it for weeks, sometimes months. When I am obliged to empty it out, I change the pocketbook that I am using.
When I was living in the US, I had only two sets of bed sheets. Now, I do not even know how many sets I have between the two apartments. Why? I have no idea! Same thing for towels. I have a thing for towels and I think, one can never have enough towels. Why? Don't know.
Last weekend, I took a mid-size garbage bag and went around the apartment opening each drawer and cupboard. By the time I was finished, I had the whole garbage bag full of stuff to be thrown out. I think, I should do this more often.