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I Purged My Wardrobe, Got Rid of Extra Stuff, and Now I Live With Only One Suitcase of Clothes

How do you live when you only have one suitcase of personal belongings? Many people will say it’s impossible but Ekaterina (Katya), the person who inspired our article, has been living like this for one year and she feels really happy. However, this decision didn’t come to her all at once. She travels a lot and often goes on business trips. Constant packing and the torture of choice about what to take made her want to rethink and optimize her wardrobe. She shares the results of her purging experiment and useful life hacks in her Twitter account.

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  • 2 years ago I had 10 big boxes, 4 of which were filled with clothes. At some point, I decided to purge it all. I sold a lot of things and at the end, took this photo. By the way, I sold this suitcase as well because it turned out to be too big.
  • Now I have a perfect amount of clothes. The interesting thing is that, earlier, I would always have nothing to wear, but now I don’t have this issue anymore. I think I will continue living according to this principle, at least regarding my personal belongings.

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  • I have developed a special “flight set” for trips: earplugs, earbuds, laptop, a charger, foldable slippers, thermos, Type-C USB cable, a lipstick, hand cream, documents, and a debit card.
  • By the way, the thermos is a very helpful thing. You can always ask for boiled water in a cafe after crossing the border. Some countries have faucets with drinking water right at the airport. In China, they even have special thermo pots with hot water. Thanks to the Chinese for that!
  • Here are the rules I always stick to before and during a flight: don’t make any big plans the day before the trip — that’s a buffer day. All diets should be put on hold on the flight day — you can eat whatever you want. Also, don’t blame anyone for their mistakes, don’t be shy about asking for help or re-asking about something, and don’t be lazy about doing a final check one more time before you leave.
  • I can’t sleep during flights that’s why I always have a couple of interesting movies on my laptop, saved YouTube videos on my phone, and a small audiobook. I also always download new music videos, interviews, and reviews before a flight.

 

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  • Now let’s talk about clothes. I have revised my wardrobe and created “a capsule wardrobe.” Its main goal is to make all the elements of the wardrobe match with each other. Of course, I also take into account the weather in the destination where I’m heading when packing my suitcase.
  • I have eliminated high heels and complex prints. My wardrobe contains only 5 colors: red, black, white, gray, and green. I call the belt bag that I wear a super-item, because it’s fabulous. It can easily change the whole image and add a new detail to my overall look. The crossbody bag is another thing I like. But, of course, it’s my backpack that I use during flights and trips.
  • I like to wear dresses in the summer and they make me forget about minimalism. Though when choosing clothes, I always keep in mind that it should be light and compact. Dresses and shirts can almost fit in your fist and they weigh no more than 100 grams.

 

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  • Now let’s move on to outerwear. I prefer a leather jacket for summer, a drapey coat for fall and spring, and a warm jacket with a high collar and a hoodie for winter. The hoodie is very comfortable and useful. Each of these things weighs no more than 3.5 pounds and can be vacuum pressed in a special bag.
  • It’s totally necessary to have a set of thermal underwear for winter — they’re light, they don’t take up much space, and they keep you warm. I also always have a hat, gloves, and warm socks with me.
  • To sum everything up, my personal basic set of clothes looks like this: 4 one-color T-shirts without any print, ordinary pants, a capelet, a black and white shirt, and a green dress. In the summer, the collection is complemented by: 4 dresses, 3 skirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of shoes, and a leather jacket for evenings. My winter wardrobe is complemented by: 2 skirts, a cashmere sweater, a hoodie, a set of thermal underwear, 2 warm pairs of pants, and 2 sweatshirts. That’s enough to not have to repeat your look for one week.

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