My (Minimalist) Work/Play Wardrobe and Other Stuff

A minimalist apartment with just what really matters in life.

You remember Steve Jobs? Turtleneck, Levi jeans, New Balance tennis shoes? Yes, he made that simple, minimal wardrobe a classic. As a Global Nomad, being a minimalist makes my life a lot easier. I have a very simple, straightforward wardrobe that is easy to pack up and move to my next location. Here is what I own (in terms of clothing):

  • Three pairs of dress slacks (burgundy, black, khaki)
  • Two pairs of canvas pants (khaki, gray)
  • Two pairs of jeans
  • Five button-up short sleeve shirts
  • Five button-up long sleeve shirts
  • 10 v-neck black t-shirts
  • 2 hoodies
  • 3 polo shirts
  • 2 black mock turtlenecks
  • 1 charcoal gray sports jacket
  • 1 suit
  • 3 ties
  • 4 dress/casual shorts
  • 2 athletic shorts
  • 1 zip-up jacket
  • 1 raincoat
  • 1 winter coat
  • 1 beanie
  • 1 pair of winter gloves
  • 2 pairs of tennis shoes (1 for nice, 1 for rough wear)
  • 1 black dress shoes
  • 1 brown dress shoes
  • 1 black belt
  • 1 brown belt
  • 1 fleece zip-up vest
  • 10 boxer-briefs
  • 12 pairs of no-show white socks
  • 10 pairs of dress socks (half brown, half black)

And that is about it when it comes to clothing. I travel with no books, as everything is on my Kindle Paperwhite. It is easier to carry around with me wherever I go. I have a Macbook and an iPhone as well and through these I can work and communicate. I also own an AppleTV, which I find I rarely use. However, my daughters do get great value out of it.

Since the school provides furnished apartments, all I have had to buy in that respect is a nightstand, a couple of lamps, and a shelf. I also have bought a dehumidifier as Jeju is quite a humid place! A few towels round up my basic needs. In the kitchen, I have bought a cheese grater, two mixing bowls, and a blender. Everything else was provided for by the school. Oh, and I am forgetting the five or so wall items (art), and a few other basic trinkets I have picked up during my travels around the world.

Of course, my two daughters bring in a lot more to the proverbial table. When we moved here, we shipped 15 boxes, of which most stuff belonged to my girls and their mother. I’d say I had about 2 boxes worth of stuff in there (think art), but even this amount of “stuff” I brought with me (2 suitcases, a carry-on and two boxes worth) has been minimized to the point that I am pretty confident I could move out of here with just 2 suitcases and my carry-on.

Minimalism may not be for everyone, but when living as a global nomad, it really makes life a lot easier!

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