Cataloging my Clothing onto my iPod Touch

After my 2010 shopping ban, I came up with the idea of cataloguing my clothing onto my iPod Touch for easy access.

Before I started the process, I didn’t realize how many grey sweaters I had until I did this.

Although I felt each grey sweater is a different shade, serves a purpose, style and whatever else, I was still surprised at the final number.

Why am I cataloguing my clothing?

  • I am not doing this to get down to 100 items or whatever else
  • I wanted to know how many grey sweaters I really had 😛
  • It would deter me from buying duplicates
  • Or even similar pieces that aren’t that different from what I own
  • I would look at the pieces and be instantly demotivated to shop
  • I’d know what I have so I can dream up ideas for mixing/matching
  • It’s kind of cool for any clotheshorse to be able to say: Oh I can match it with this

I already know what works on me and what doesn’t, so I tend to have similar items.

It would also be great to be able to see a piece I like and say: Wait a minute, I already have something quite similar. Back to the rack you go!

How I am catalouging my clothing:

  1. Take photos (lay out clothes, hang them, wear them)
  2. Organize it into categories
  3. Upload to iPod Touch
  4. Review


Lay out the clothes on the floor

The first (and laziest), is to lay out every piece on the floor, hope you have a good angle and good lighting, and snap a shot.

I completed this for every piece in my wardrobe, but I hated the results. I wish I hadn’t taken the lazy route, and I re-did my efforts.

As a perfectionist, I hate that I can’t see how it looks on me (its owner), and all of my shots either have a shadow where I held the camera over the piece, or is on a weird angle.

I present you: Exhibit A – A gorgeous Japanese-Paper like dress my mom bought me from Spain, laid out on the floor.

Hang it up and photograph it

Better, but I still don’t like it for items like sweaters or things that cannot be hung easily.

Exhibit B: Same dress, on a hanger

Wear it and take a photograph *DING DING DING*

It makes a girl want to get rid of everything, so it becomes easier 😛

Here is Exhibit C: Wearing the piece and accessorizing it. I am going to embark on a long process to complete this.

Here, I can mark that I have 2 items: magenta sash and strapless dress (above) The shoes and necklace, I’d have to photograph separately because you can’t really see it.


You can combine the categories as you see fit, but I like everything REALLY separated because it just makes it difficult to scroll through everything and keep it all in mind.

I made folders on my iPod Touch in the following categories:

  • Dresses
  • Sweaters
  • Long-Sleeved Tops
  • Blouses
  • Tank Tops
  • T-Shirts
  • Pants
  • Skirts
  • Suits
  • Sleepwear/Lingerie
  • Shoes/Boots/Sandals
  • Necklaces — I have a separate category for this, because I have a lot
  • All other Jewellery
  • Belts and Scarves
  • Winter Accessories
  • Other Accessories — whatever doesn’t fit into the rest of the categories

Alternatively, you could just have one folder, or just “Tops” and “Bottoms”.


I organize all the photos by folders on my computer and then I upload it all to my iPod Touch.


I now go through each category on a regular basis, and I start mentally removing items as I see that they don’t fit into my wardrobe, or I think are not needed any more.

See all my old outfits and combinations from my old style blog.

I’m still in the process of going through and naming everything, but most of the images are there, and will be updated as I get more organized.

I loved doing this because I had to go through everything in my wardrobe to try it on and photograph it, so I ended up donating/tossing items.

So what do you think? Am I crazy? 🙂

Would you do something like this to help you shop smarter and to shop less?

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.