Day 11 – My Guilty Secret – Outerwear

Yes, I have a guilty secret – 12 items of outerwear. And you didn’t see that in my wardrobe decluttering post because they are all in the wardrobe in my study. But this is my confession day. New Zealand is a country where you can have four seasons in one day and so we need lots of levels of outerwear. Each of my items has a specific purpose and I wear nearly all of them. Yes, I know there is one I have never worn (see the captions) but it is so beautifully beaded that I am loathe to get rid of it. However, as a blossoming minimalist, having 12 items of outerwear doesn’t stand well with me. So my question is what do I eliminate from this collection? Any suggestions are most welcome.





  1. Lore L. Apple says:

    Keep what brings you joy…..with no guilt!

  2. Marie E. Ramsburg says:

    I say keep the beautiful jacket, I think iy is important to have it and ditch the padded rain jacket. You have other good rain jackets and there you go! Btw….LOVE your Grandmothers …….divine!

    • pathtominimalism_iohifu says:

      Ah, but the padded rain jacket took me through South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana in the winter when the temperatures were near zero at night. It had removable sleeves for when it started to warm up in the morning. I am very attached to it. See how I make excuses to hold onto them? LOL.

  3. Kitty Davis says:

    I too would axe the coat you have never worn. If you really want to keep it then ditch one of your other pieces. Could you justify keeping it but giving up one of the rain jackets?

    • pathtominimalism_iohifu says:

      That’s a good way of thinking about it and I would give up the coat I don’t wear before a rain jacket. I know it makes sense to do that. I will put it on Trademe (NZ equivalent of Ebay) today.

  4. Terri Cranfill says:

    NZ must be similar to Texas, USA. Our weather can change in a blink. Maybe donate the one coat never worn. I can see logical reasons to keep all of the rest! I am sure that others can be of more help. I, too, have been culling out the extras that we collect. OUT, OUT, I DO SHOUT WITHOUT A SINGLE DOUBT.

    • pathtominimalism_iohifu says:

      You are right of course. Why am I keeping the coat I never wear? It looks more beautiful on the hangar than on me.
      I love the quote although the doubt part seems to creep in even after something is gone. I will keep that in mind.

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