WHAT’S IN OUR WARDROBE
Ever wondered how on earth we plan to fit all of our belonging into a 28ft boat? So do we. All the time! So today we’re talking about clothes- or a lack of, to be precise! -and taking a look at what’s in our wardrobe.
We touched on this topic in our last piece, and it all boils down to the fact that the minimal life we’re preparing for on the boat means that our belongings will have to seriously shrink. At first this seemed like an impossible feat. The hoard of things we’ve managed to accumulate in our short lives is fairly impressive. I’m not sure how I’ll cope parting with 200 odd books and I don’t think H has come to terms with the fact that he can’t feasibly house over a dozen board games! However, when we sat down to think about it, we realised that ever since we moved in together we’ve slowly but surely been streamlining our possessions to fit around one another.
So we’ve come to the conclusion that we can do this! And if WE can fit all our things into a tiny, floating home, then just about ANYONE can learn to live minimally. Eat your heart out ‘the life changing magic of tidying up’! Surely less stuff means less tidying in the first place!
So we started where most spring cleaning does, in the wardrobe. Below are the fairly fool proof rules, which we made up to help us along the way:
1. 2 IN, 1 OUT
For every item you buy, take out two items that you no longer need. In theory you should find that over time your wardrobe has decreased by half. This is a very simple rule, which requires hardly any input and I found that when I kept it up, it really helped me tame my closet as well as spending!
2. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO GET RID OF THINGS YOU LIKE
This is one of the hardest rules we’ve had to get our heads around. “Why get rid of things you like?” I hear you say! Well, the problem is, often we own things that we like but they don’t quite do the job. For example, I used to own a beautiful, fluffy, pink, cashmere jumper. It was warm, cosy, pretty, soft and yet… it had short sleeves! In what world was it going to keep me warm! Things like this can be really hard to let go of, but in the end I try to remember that my sister will love it and that she’s only 13 so she doesn’t need to stay warm anyway!
3. COORDINATE WHAT YOU GET RID OF AND GAIN MORE
The second half of my cashmere jumper tale goes like this: I found that by getting rid of it, along with another jumper that was too thin to keep me warm, I’ve made room for a marriage of the two items. I’ve now bought myself a gorgeous, sustainable, handmade jumper from a brilliant company called Birdsong and I love it.
4. BUYING THE BORING STUFF CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
One of the biggest changes both H and I have seen in our wardrobe over the last year is in the underwear and T-shirt department. I think we’re either really late to the grown up table or we’re just, like, complete geniuses, because recently we decided to go out and buy 10 pairs of well-made, matching socks each, as well as some nicely cut but relatively plain underwear and T-shirts. We had a field day in Uniqulo and M&S and now every morning we know what to reach for, and doing a wash no-longer makes me feel like Dumbledore looking in the mirror of Erised- I have socks and they are clean AND THEY MATCH!
5. COATS AND SHOES
This is the most expensive part of our wardrobe that needs seeing to, and as we’re trying to fund an entire boat renovation I think we’ll be putting this one off until the last minute. Together we own approximately 16 jackets and 25 pairs of shoes and realistically we need to get those numbers DOWN. However, we have identified the problem so we thought we’d share it, in case someone else wants to give it a go first.
Our jackets only do one job each: One is waterproof, the other is warm, another is smart, another is denim and so on. So what we need is 3-4 jackets each that cover all those bases: Our smart jackets should be warm, so should our waterproofs etc.
When it comes to shoes though, that’s another story. It’s ALL my fault. Harrison only owns 4 pairs of shoes! That means I own 21! Me! On my own! My excuse is that my feet are only size 2.5 so they hardly take up any room, but there comes a point where I can’t keep lying to myself. The bottom line is, a human does not need 5 different types of ‘pumps’, nor do they need 4 different pairs of trainers. 1 or 2 of each will do, so I need to make sure that I actually like them and get rid of the rest. Life is hard. 🙈
With all this in mind, our minimal wardrobe is still a work in progress. We’ve been discovering shops like Cos, & Other Stories, Toast, Olive Clothing and many more over the last year or so, who all make wonderful, well cut items, and the majority of which are lovely and ethical. However, we’ve got a long way to go before we move onto the water. I hope this post has been helpful, if you want to know about any of the items pictured above we’ll be putting details over on Instagram, plus we’d really appreciate any tips you might have to share, so do get in touch.
ALSO, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT US INCLUDING HARRISON AND HIS WARDROBE IN THE POST? WOULD YOU LIKE MORE OF OUR PIECES TO INCLUDE THE ‘MALE PERSPECTIVE’? (I say that with a huge pinch of salt, seeing as we both just wear shirts with stuff over the top). BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, SO EITHER WAY DO LET US KNOW ON TWITTER OR INSTAGRAM AS WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. UNTIL THEN HAVE A LOVELY REST OF THE WEEK! xx