Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Closet Inventory – September 2017

Oh, hey. I’ve been blogging for three years now and completely forgot to mark the occasion. Oops!


One of the big benefits of blogging is being able to look back on recent years and see how things have changed. In some instances, it’s more interesting to see how they’ve stayed the same. It has been two years since I did a closet inventory, mostly because I didn’t see a lot of value in doing one while my body was quickly changing sizes postpartum. The thoughts I had surrounding my wardrobe last year and what I wanted out of it still ring true to this day. I feel like I made a lot of positive strides in my wardrobe in recent months. Instead of increasing in volume, it increased in function.

I’d show you what’s hanging in my closet, but our area had a water ban this past weekend due to a broken valve. My laundry is only just being washed now.

Much like in my original inventories, there are large differences between my functional wardrobe and the total number of clothes in the house. Since I don’t know yet if we’re having more kids or not, I haven’t fully purged my maternity and in between sized clothes. Those aren’t included in these totals. Likewise, workout and “home only” clothes aren’t included in the count either. Do you really need to know how many pairs of purple fleece pants I have? Probably not (but the answer is two).

Tops: 39

  • Sleeveless Blouses: 5
  • Short Sleeved Blouses: 1
  • Long Sleeved Blouses: 3
  • Tank Tops: 4
  • Short Sleeved T-Shirts: 4
  • Long Sleeved T-Shirts: 3
  • Work Polos: 6
  • Jersey/Knit Tops: 5
  • Cardigans Sweaters: 3
  • Pullover Sweaters: 2
  • Zippered/Fleece Shirts: 3

Bottoms: 13

  • Jeans: 3
  • Trousers: 4
  • Hiking Pants & Shorts: 3
  • Skirts: 1
  • Leggings: 2

Dresses: 5

  • Sundresses: 1
  • Wrap dresses: 1
  • Maxi dresses: 1
  • Sweater dresses: 2

Outerwear: 16

  • Coats: 4
  • Jackets: 5
  • Blazers: 3
  • Vests: 2
  • Capes: 2


Interestingly enough, this is getting back down close to the number of clothing items I was wearing when I started this blog three years ago. The total number of items was higher (132), but at that point in time I had 60 items in what I would refer to as my functional wardrobe. The word functional is being used loosely here – getting dressed was kind of a nightmare.

After a few years of bloating and culling, I feel like I’m starting to find a sweet spot. Most items mix and match nicely – so long as there’s clean clothes in the closet I’ll have something to wear. Likewise, I feel more like I’m getting dressed than playing dress up. My wardrobe is feeling more like me. There’s probably a half dozen items I feel ambivalent about in here, but until I find suitable replacements for them they’ll probably stay put.

How about you? Have you found your wardrobe sweet spot? How large is your functional wardrobe?

6 Responses to “Closet Inventory – September 2017”

  1. Xin says:

    For all that I’ve been at this decluttering and KonMari-method thing for years (and reading about minimalism in shopping and capsule wardrobes and assorted ideas for even longer), I’ve still never counted everything and done an inventory!

    Part of it is that I have super separate work and casual wardrobes with basically no overlap and so I think I’ll be a little embarrassed by the total numbers. I don’t love most of the things that need to be in the work wardrobe, and it’s definitely bigger than pure physical “need” warrants. Also, I’m really slow to finally get rid of items I really do know I’ll never wear again, from both halves of my wardrobe, so my real wardrobe is much bigger, probably more than double my functional wardrobe/the items that actually get frequent repeat wear.

    • The Minuteglass says:

      Really?? That surprises me! I found taking an inventory was critical when I was trying to sort out why I was having problems with my wardrobe. Much like you I had very disparate wardrobe when I started out. Pretty office dresses don’t mesh well with a dirty manufacturing environment!

  2. Mica says:

    I’ve done a bit of decluttering since my last inventory (in March) but if I look at the numbers from then it’s embarrassing! You have 13 bottoms all together – I have 16 jeans and then 19 skirts….oops.

    I’ve always been a bit of a shopper though! I find it hard to let go of things unless they no longer work for me (sometimes happens) or they are worn to death (rarely happens as I have so many pieces I cycle through slowly!). I have really been focusing this year on wearing what I already own as I have a lot of options in my wardrobe!

    I like having a lot to choose from but I do need to work on downsizing – I regretted the things I got rid of postpartum first time around so this time I held off and I’ve only started letting things go recently. Will be interesting next year to see how the numbers have changed!

    • The Minuteglass says:

      Hahaha, to each their own! It makes sense when I think about it, but when I have a large wardrobe a lot of the clothes tend to go unworn more than I’d like. Also, given my penchant for the pricy stuff, I can’t justify having it sit there unworn.

  3. SarahN says:

    I should blog this, but it’s easier to tell you!
    All tops including jackets & coats: 89 (has been up to 99 in recent memory).
    Broken down
    13 camisoles/tanks
    9 casual short sleeved tops
    7 3/4 sleeved tops
    8 long sleeved tops
    3 dressy
    6 short sleeved blouses
    7 3/4 sleeved blouses
    12 long sleeved blouses
    12 jumpers/cardigans (various weights(
    6 jackets
    6 coats

    4 shorts
    5 casual skirts
    10 work pants (interesting only about 3 pairs suit ‘winter’!)
    5 work skirts (which I never wear)
    6 jeans (weird, as two white pairs, identical, seldom wear)
    1 hiking pants

    21 dresses – a shock to me!

    I tried 333 recently and that helped strip a handful of winter items from my wardrobe. Then last weekend, I bought 6 items (3 dresses, 3 tops). I’m very mindful to buy things I know I’ll wear, though with thrift store items, I’m more willing to ‘take a risk’ with style or colour.

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I'm a petite hourglass, slow adopter, food geek, Engineer, wife and mom. Welcome to the little corner of the internet where I ramble on about random things. Mostly clothes.