In March I started cleaning out my closet and going through all the clothes that accumulated in the basement. I was really excited about the idea of a capsule wardrobe and decided this would be the goal for my closet. The less clothes to choose from, the easier it would be to get ready for the day.
I went through every piece of clothing, shirt, shoes and bags I own and sorted them out into piles. This was not that much fun and took a few days to complete. I made three piles: definitely, maybe and no way.
The “no way” pile was sorted further into donates, throw out, or sell. I ended up with two bags to donate and a huge pile to sell.
I then went through the “definitely” and “maybe” piles. I tried on clothes and considered how they would play a part in my lifestyle. To my surprise, I had a lot of classic pieces that I forgot about.
Now for the fun part - shopping from the remaining clothes to create seasonal wardrobes. I actually created two capsule wardrobes. One for working out, and one for regular activites.
This is what I chose for the wardrobes (and I use this list each time I switch them out):
Everything I chose for my capsule wardrobe fits my body and I like how it looks on me. You can imagine that this makes getting dressed so much easier. This also makes laundry easier because I hang everything up in my closet so I have very little to fold.
Another bonus is that I have two empty drawers in my dresser. Gretchen Rubin adds this to a list of things that can make you happier, an empty drawer or shelve. It’s amazing how true this is! Opening up my drawer to see its empty is like a breath of fresh air!
Surprisingly, I get excited to go through my wardrobe at the end of the season and find what I didn’t wear and get rid of it. This also gives me permission to replace that piece, or shop for something else similar.
And speaking of shopping, I rarely shop anymore. I only buy something that I know will work with my wardrobe and that I am in need of.
For example, I had a black long sleeve cotton shirt that was over six years old. I still wore it, but I didn’t like how aged it looked. I threw it out and purchased a new one that I feel better wearing.
There’s also a lovely pleasure that comes from looking at my organized closet.
I can’t stress enough how much easier my life has been such changing over to a capsule wardrobe. The decluttering of my clothes left me with more physical and mental space and a new excitement toward my clothes.
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