Created by podcasters and New York Times–bestselling authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists, The 90/90 decluttering wardrobe rule is a guideline to help individuals streamline their clothes and maintain a clean and tiny wardrobe.
In a nutshell, the rule suggests eliminating any clothing items you haven't worn in the past 90 days and don't anticipate wearing in the next 90 days.
This rule encourages regular wardrobe assessment while helping you decide what clothes to throw away. It also helps ensure you only keep the items you use and enjoy wearing. Not to mention minimising clutter, finding your clothes easier, and making getting ready in the morning easier.
One thing to note with the 90/90 rule, though, is that it might be a good idea to implement the rule seasonally so you don't get rid of anything you might need as the seasons change. The key is to find a balance that works for you and helps keep your wardrobe in order.
What is the 10-item wardrobe rule?
Similarly, another wardrobe decluttering rule that's quite popular right now is the 10-item wardrobe rule.
The 10-item wardrobe rule was popularised by Jennifer L. Scott, who wrote about it in her book Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 stylish secrets I learned while living in Paris.
The idea is to build a minimalist wardrobe with a carefully curated selection of 10 core items you can mix and match to create various outfits.
Here's a breakdown of the 10-item wardrobe rule:
- Tops (4 items): Include blouses, sweaters, or shirts. Choose versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down.
- Bottoms (3 items): Select a small variety of bottoms, such as skirts or pants, that complement your tops and can be worn for different occasions.
- Dresses (2 items): Include one or two dresses that can be styled in various ways. Opt for versatile designs suitable for different seasons.
- Jackets/Outerwear (1 item): Choose a classic jacket or coat that works well with the rest of your wardrobe and is suitable for your climate.