Sorry sorry sorry for my absence. Once I stopped blogging for a little while I just couldn’t find the time to get back on. I told y’all that I would write a post on how my capsule wardrobe was coming along. So here I am.
I love going through and purging clothes. I absolutely love it. There is just something very therapeutic about it. And now that I’ve gotten rid of half of my clothes (some of you may think that’s crazy to get rid of all those clothes, but hold on) I’ve found out that I have such a bigger selection of clothes. Before I would just look at my closet and see all those clothes but never had anything to wear. It was hard for me to see what possibilities I had when there were too many clothes. I had too many pieces that would only go with one or two things and not enough clothes that could be worn in a variety of ways.
So here is how I did things and I’m sure there might be better ways to do this, but this worked for me.
Step 1: Make sure all your laundry is done. I skipped this step (not on purpose) and that is why it has taken forever to get it done.
Step 2: Take everything out of your closet (except for workout wear and pjs, loungewear, ect.).
Step 3: Go through each piece. “How many times have I worn this in the past two weeks? Can it be used with a variety of pieces? Does it fit well?” This is also the hardest part. If you don’t wear it that much, get rid of it. If it doesn’t go with much, get rid of it. If it doesn’t fit but you’re hoping some day you can wear it again, get rid of it. Even if you paid good money for something but NEVER wear it, sell it and get rid of it. Have a set number of items your going to have. Mine was 41 but I’m still working on getting rid of a few things that I’m undecided about. And if you have great will power…if it isn’t an absolute “I love that piece and wear it all that time”…get rid of it. I would suggest having a maybe stack that you keep in a tub under your bed or such place. These are items that you do wear but would put you over your clothes limit. You can switch them out with other pieces from time to time .Don’t keep a lot of clothes in this category.
I would suggest selling your clothes at a consignment shop or online so you can get money back to spend on clothes for the next capsule wardrobe season.
Step 4: Go through shoes. Same concept as above except without the maybe stack. I haven’t done this step yet 😦
Step 5: Then for three months (a season, Dec, Jan, Feb), see how many different options you can wear with what pieces you have. This is the fun part where you can get creative.
When going into the next season. Just stick whatever items you can’t wear for that season in a tub for next year. For example, you would take your winter coats out when starting your spring capsule wardrobe. Some pieces though can transition very well into other seasons. Then by next year when you bring out your clothes for Winter wardrobe, you will only have to buy maybe 1 or 2 pieces to update your wardrobe. And by only buy 1 or 2 items, you save up money that you can use to buy better quality pieces that maybe cost a bit more.
Well, that’s it for now. I love my wardrobe now. Pretty much everything in my closet I can wear with anything and I know it looks good. My closet is “bigger” because I made it “smaller”.