Time for one more round of purging. This is all the clothes I have except for a few things hanging in my closet. I spent a few hours sorting it into piles of shorts, jeans, tops, work out clothes, winter clothes, summer pants, t-shirts, tank tops and matching all my socks.
I had more than 75 pairs of socks. I have no idea why. As my room mate pointed out, you can only wear one pair at a time. I think it must be like toilet paper, I kept buying them when I was at the store thinking I was running out. Just a couple of weekends ago I was at Greyhounds in Gettysburg. What did I buy? 4 pairs of socks! I cut down to about 30 pairs. I know I still don’t need that many but that was all I was prepared to let go of today.
I read a great blog post the other day by Cherie Ve Ard of Technomadia. She has been on the road full time with her partner in crime Chris Dunphy for 7 years now. In her recent post Cherie celebrates their 7 year ‘Nomadiversary’. As she reflected back on when she first joined Chris on the road full time, she talked about preparing to live full time in a 45 sq. ft. trailer with no kitchen, bathroom or AC. She really had to rethink her wardrobe and she offered some great tips.
My favorite was to take a limited wardrobe and when you get tired of some of the pieces or just want a change, donate them to a thrift store and then go shopping in the store. I’ve shopped in thrift stores for the past 3 or 4 years now. The clothes are in great shape and a whole lot less expensive than buying new.
So with this new tip in mind, I’m going through everything one more time and really only keeping things that fit and things I love. The rest is going and I will detract and add as I feel a need to. Another great tip is nothing new comes in without something old going out. You can read Cherie’s entire post here Reflections-from-seven-years-on-the-road.