How Many Clothes Is Too Many? — (and Other Factors to Consider)
While it’s good to have lots of clothes for many functions, most of us have too many. Especially if you open a closet and a mountain of clothes spills out!
Researchers at FinditHealth found that it’s essential to prioritize and value what you own and to think consciously of your wardrobe. This article will cover easy questions to ask yourself when you have too many clothes and how you can create your dream wardrobe.
Space And Need
Visiting department stores, ordering online, and even buying secondhand clothes can be hard to resist! Especially when you find clothing on sale because even if it’s something you don’t need, you generally end up buying because of the sale price. We associate a sale price with getting a great deal instead of realizing that we didn’t even need it in the first place.
A lot of us will buy new articles of clothing because we simply can’t find the ones we originally bought. It’s why it’s so important to declutter and organize your wardrobe before you buy new items. An organized closet will also help keep you calm and stress at bay. It’s very easy to buy items that you already have at home if your closet is a mess. Not only will decluttering save you on your finances, but you will also rediscover “new clothes” as you get organized.
Other Factors To Consider
If you are questioning how many clothes are too many, it can be helpful to consider the factors below.
You hold onto sentimental items
You’ll have too many clothes if you hold onto every item you’ve ever received. Sentimental items often differ from clothes you like and want to keep in your wardrobe.
You buy things for the future
These are clothes you will buy just in case, or when this happens. An example is buying a nice dress because it’s on sale and you are sure you will have an event come up that you can wear it to. Another example is buying clothes that are too small for when you lose weight. While it’s okay to picture things for the future, don’t let it influence your current clothes and buying patterns.
You don’t return clothes
This is especially true with buying clothes online and other shopping habits. So often, we buy a lot to get free shipping and then have it arrive and not fit well. You then are dealing with the task of returning items or deciding if you can just make do with an item. What happens if, instead of returning the clothes, you end up putting them to the side but then forget about them. This causes you to miss the return date window, and now you are stuck with more clothes! This unworn clothing just ends up at the bottom of your closet. For the future, we advise on doing something different for shopping. To actually go into stores and try on clothes to make sure you absolutely love them before buying.
This could also apply to buying items that are in trend just because you saw it on social media.
We often buy things because of external influences, but forget to return them.
How Do Women Have Too Many Clothes?
Women are most likely to have too many clothes in the majority of our research. This is because women tend to buy for future events, what if’s, and be more influenced by social trends and sale prices. It’s like the scene of Carrie Bradshaw’s closet in Sex and the City with the beautiful rows of shoes. A women’s closet is her masterpiece and also somewhere to showcase her clothing.
How To Get Rid Of Clothes
First, it is helpful to start cleaning and organizing your closet. Take all your clothing and place it on the bed and ask yourself the below questions as you go through the pile.
Through writing, you can clear your mind, brainstorm ideas, and plan life events. This is because writing mainly helps us express our thoughts and feelings, bring ideas to life, and organize activities.
Do I love it?
Does it fit my body?
Do I feel good about it?
Have I worn it in the last year?
There is no point in keeping clothes that you don’t love because you will never wear them. The same goes for if it doesn’t fit your body and you don’t feel good in it; it will keep getting pushed back into the closet. This is especially true for any item that you haven’t worn in the past 12 months and especially on a regular basis. If you aren’t reaching for a piece of clothing regularly, that means it’s not for you. Especially if it’s an article of clothing that hasn’t seen the light of day in a long time!
It’s also a reminder to not keep clothing for sentimental reasons or to buy extra clothing for your current lifestyle. Each article of clothing brings joy and light or should inspire this feeling everyday.
We encourage you to make this an enjoyable event as you go through your closet. Play fun, relaxing music, and think about the joy you will feel as you create your dream closet. Separate your clothes into three piles as you organize. We recommend three piles such as keep, donate, or trash.
This process can also be a great example of an activity you do for self-care.
Our general well-being revolves around those activities and mindsets that keep us healthy, positive, happy; making us better people. This is what self care is all about.
Self care practice is the basics of both physical and mental health wellbeing. By cleaning out your closet, you are taking care of your physical and mental health. You will have left stress in your life since it will be easier to find clothes and plan outfits, and you will have more time to get outside and get more physical activity.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Times Does The Average Person Wear An Item Of Clothing?
The average person will wear a piece of clothing about 120 times globally.
What Is Considered Too Many Clothes?
If it takes you longer than 5 minutes to get dressed, you may have too many clothes. Also, if you can never find clothes in your closet, this is a sign that you have too many.
What Is An Acceptable Amount Of Clothes?
An acceptable amount of clothing is to have seven outfits to sustain you through one week. If you are unable to have an outfit for every day of the week, we will recommend buying more clothes.
How Many Clothes Does The Average Person Have?
The average person has 103 items of clothing in their closet.
Conclusion – Research by Findithealth.com
When you have too many clothes, it causes frustration because it takes extra time to get dressed. Not only that, it’s hard to manage the cleaning and to put away too many clothes. Members of the FinditHealth research team found that removing clothes can help give breathing room and will make your life just a little bit easier.
Make your life easier and remember the saying less is more. The less clothes you own means more time for things that you enjoy.
Luz Chacon is a Health Educator, Wellness Coach, and EFT Tapping Practitioner with 30+ years in health advocacy. Specializing in stress management, wellbeing, and holistic health, she created a 40% stress reduction employee program. Luz is dedicated to helping busy individuals prioritize self-care, break patterns, and reach goals. She offers programs for organizations and individuals. Luz is passionate about sharing her health research and guiding informed choices!