Operation “Get My Life Together”: Capsule Wardrobe
In my night time Youtube obsession, I came across something that I used to do and now it has a fancy name LOL. It is called a Capsule Wardrobe. I do this more, for the kids, then I do for me because my closet is quite large and can accommodate all my clothes. My kids, I keep things for the season in their rooms and what is off season, I put in sterilite containers and I store it on the left side of my attic. Every 3 mths or so, I would go through their socks, the socks with no mates and their underwear. Anything with holes got thrown away….socks found their mates, especially if I had to throw 1 sock away because of a hole….there were “lost” extras in the sock basket. This kept me on top of replacing what needed to replace and find what I needed to find.
I found that my stuff was getting out of control! I do not like buying clothes. I’d rather have a rusty nail in my eye then go to a store to try on clothes. I do like zulily, at times, but I find that their clothes are too thin, don’t fit right, and they take FOREVER to get to me. Typically I will find a style shirt I like and then buy one in a couple of colors for variety LOL. It is really sad. I do not, however, have a shoe problem. Flip flops all the way with a pair of boots, tennis shoes, and some nice sandals. Now, my purses…that is another issue. I have a problem. I love purses. All of them. All the time. Oohh…rabbit trail and sort of makes me want to go to the Coach website to see what is on sale, but I will refrain because we are still on track for getting out of debt.
To start my capsule wardrobe, I first, went through to pull out all the items that were too small and that I could not pass down to my girls. That was pretty easy. Then I went through and chose ones that I just really didn’t like. I bagged up those clothes. Out of sight = out of mind. The next step I took was to turn all my hangers around backwards. For 6 mths, I pulled out of my closet to wear clothes, as normal. After that 6 mths, the hangers that were still backwards were ones that I had not worn in that time frame. I assessed those things and for the most part, I got rid of most of them. All my too small, too big, too ugly, didn’t wear clothes went to a consignment shop. From there, they were resold and I received a percentage of the sales. What did not sell, was given to a local shelter or needline to help those less fortunate. It is a win win situation.
Now with what is left. This is where the CAPSULE WARDROBE begins. I separate out the spring/summer from the fall/winter clothes. Right now, we are approaching fall. The off season can be stored in my attic. From this point I start figuring out how many pieces I want in my capsule wardrobe. The normal amount is about 30 pieces (I do not count bras/socks/underwear/shoes and some people do count those in their core pieces).
I have a goal and it is pretty simple. Get up…get dressed….where my own clothes instead of Big Daddy’s clothes. They are easier and more comfy but I look like a sloth. I find that I do not fix my hair or do anything with my face….not even lotion if I wear his clothes. This affects my depression in a big way. I have gained so much weight that I did not even realize because I wear his clothes and they are huge on me. It is time to take a step in the right direction. Declutter. Make some money. Simplify my life. Enjoy minimalism. When my home is decluttered my mind is decluttered.
A capsule wardrobe are pieces of your wardrobe that can easily be interchangeable. Like I can wear almost any of my shirts (tshirts or dress shirts) with my blue jeans. Do I need 8 pair of jeans? Nope. I need 2 maybe 3. When I switch out seasons, I can get out 3 more pair of blue jeans and put the old 3 pair back in the sterilite container (does that make sense). I live in t-shirts but I do go to church, so I need some nicer stuff to wear there. I have some cotton dresses that can be worn alone or in the winter, I can pair them with some cute leggings and boots. 1 dress…many outfits. I also love jogging pants….do I need 10 pair? Nope. The more I have the more I will wear them. My goal is to move out of wearing things with elastic and wear more fitted things that do not make me look like I am wearing a potato sack. I need 2 pair and that is it. Something comfy after a long day.
After I am done, I will create a new post that lists what I have chosen. I am excited. I have cleaned out and organized almost every nook and cranny of my house and this is the next step. I am hoping Big Daddy lets me do his side, as well….we shall see.