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The UnPacking List #5: How to Build a Minimal Wardrobe at Home

how to build a minimal wardrobe at home

Last week, we helped you clean out your closet. This week, we’re setting you down the path to building a more minimal wardrobe at home!

Why? Because this sort of decluttering and minimizing frees you from clutter stress, helps you combat decision fatigue, and it even helps you when trying to pack for your trips down the road!

If you’re tired of opening up your closet doors and feeling both overwhelmed by the amount of clothing and frustrated that you don’t have anything to wear – a minimal wardrobe system can help you take back control with included benefits you may not even be thinking about.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The undeniable benefits of having a minimal wardrobe at home – and how that can help you when you pack for travel.
  • My recommended tactic for starting the journey of building your minimal wardrobe – plus a fallback tactic if you don’t have the time to give right now.
  • Seven considerations that help you build the most productive and effective minimal wardrobe.
  • Recommendations for those who like to look fashionable but still want to downsize the wardrobe.

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How is YOUR wardrobe doing? Are you taking steps to build a more minimal and purposeful wardrobe at home?

And don’t forget to…

Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm producing episodes of The UnPacking List or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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Gear We Use


Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking! – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

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