Inspired by Un-fancy and Project 333, and with half an hour until school pick-up, I rashly decided it would be a good idea to pull everything out of my wardrobe and clear the clutter. Let’s face it; I’m a stay at home mum, I don’t go to fancy places, and I’m quite happy wearing the same basic pieces week in and week out.
Occasionally, I’ll see someone wearing something great, and wish I had something different, but the truth is I’m into comfort over style. Much as I wish I could be bothered to dress better, I just can’t. I know what I’m comfortable in, and what is practical for me, and I’m determined to let myself feel good about that and just be myself.
So, I pulled it all out and ruthlessly, and quickly, did the clean up. One thing I’ve learned about going through my wardrobe is that if I spend too much time looking at things, I end up over-analysing it and hold onto items I “might” wear. Even now, I’ve still got stuff I’ve kept, to see if I will wear it. But there’s considerably less of that.
The premise behind a capsule wardrobe is to declutter and only keep what you actually wear. There are different rules about different capsules, but the idea is to pare back. It’s supposed to help you simplify your mornings (always good!) by avoiding the “eek, what am I going to wear?!” conundrum. You know exactly what is in there, most things will look good together, and you know what outfit choices you have because you’ve set up the capsule and it’s not so overwhelming trying to put together an outfit. Visually, I think having less things staring back at you is nice, too and it’s easier to keep tidy because you’re not trying to stuff so much in the cupboard.
Here’s what made the cut for my capsule:
– tops: 10 tees (lots of black and white, as it turns out! two of these are in the ironing basket or wash) and 5 ‘nicer’ tops
– bottoms: 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of jeans (one which I’m only just starting to fit back into post-partum, and I want to have on hand, because they are my favourite jeans), 2 pairs of ‘mom pants’
– 7 dresses (one of these is in the ironing basket)
– 6 items of ‘warm’ – cardigans and one jacket, plus a light top/sweater (my “might wear” item, which has to go if I’m not satisfied with it by the end of April)
(Apologies for the photo quality – my bedroom doesn’t have great light, but I wasn’t about to bring everything downstairs to photograph it!)
Even looking back at it now, I’m surprised to be thinking that even some of these things are a bit excessive. I could probably drop a couple of dresses and a few tops quite easily, but I’ll stick with this for now.
Next, I pulled out the space bags from under the bed and got rid of a full bags’ worth of stuff – either to be passed on, or to go in the trash, because some things were embarrassingly worn out. I’m left with three bags. Two bags have winter gear, some snow gear and some work wear from days gone by, but is likely to be worn again in the next year or two (some of it is logo wear). One bag has summer stuff that didn’t make the cut this year, because it’s not practical for nursing, but I think I might wear next summer after weaning.
Not included in the total list is some “lounge wear” (as they call it). I’ve kept two pairs of track-pants, two jumpers that I wear around the house, and two dresses that I wear on those super-stinking-hot days, that should never be seen in public (unless maybe it’s over a swim-suit). Also there are a couple of daggy pairs of shorts that I wear around the house on hot days, or when I’m cleaning the house that got to stay.
I’m loving how neat my closet and drawers are looking so far and I’m excited to see how this goes, and whether I can pare back more. I think winter might be harder, as I’m a scarf lover, but maybe I won’t count the scarves and beanies in the list.
I’ll report back soon on my progress.
// Has anyone else tried a capsule wardrobe? //
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