I’ve been thinking about capsule wardrobes for a year or so – in an abstract kind of “that’s interesting” way. It wasn’t until I started thinking about packing for my trips to South America – and after a frustratingly time consuming afternoon of laundry sorting (as in I have a crap-ton of clothes & yes that is the real measurement: crap-ton) that I started to seriously consider what implementing a capsule wardrobe could mean for me.
I’m planning to spend a few days and dive in to creating my own capsule wardrobe this week, and I’ll be sure to share how that goes. So far, I’ve gone through my closet and pulled out all my “less-than-perfect” clothes (clothes that don’t fit, that make me uncomfortable, that I just don’t like anymore) – as evidenced by the photo above. Also evidenced by the photo above? I have too many clothes. Clothes that I’m not even wearing regularly. This small step of simply piling up the items I no longer want to wear has been really eye opening. It makes me sick to think of all the money wasted in that pile. My next steps include sorting that mile-high pile into two separate donate and consign piles, storing out-of-season clothes in an area away from my capsule wardrobe, and determining what my bare bones wardrobe is going to look like.
Until then, if you have any great links for hints/tips in curating a smaller wardrobe, PLEASE share them in the comments. Below are a few videos and resources I’ve been looking over recently …
- Project 333: Getting Started
- Unfancy: How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe
- EnjoyIt: My First Attempt at a Capsule Wardrobe
- Packing the Perfect Suitcase
- Pack Lighter Rule
- TED Talk: 10 Item Wardrobe
- I Only Have 33 Items of Clothing
It’s definitely a goal of mine to reduce the amount of “stuff” in my life – from fabric, to clothes, to trinkets – there’s just to much junk. For me, curating my wardrobe – freeing up space both physically and mentally, is the perfect way to start this de-cluttering.