Capsule Wardrobe Planning

Lately I’ve been on a mission – a mission to reduce the amount of stuff in our home.  A large part of this effort has been trimming down my wardrobe.  I’m no clothes horse by any means, and yet it still feels like I have quite a few items languishing in the closet.  I’m tired of holding on to a bunch of stuff I never wear, but the problem is that it’s perfectly good stuff.  I can look at everything in my closet and say “Yeah, I still like that” – so why do I never wear it?

Kenneth Cole Jacket:  “You never take me out!  Don’t you love me?
Me:  “Sure I love you KCJ, but you only look good with jeans.”
KCJ:  “So?  You’d look really smart walking around with me and a pair of jeans.”
Me: “Yeah probably, but I never go anywhere that I need jeans and a suit jacket anymore.”

Enter the capsule wardrobe.  While screwing around on browsing the internet, I stumbled on this article about capsule wardrobes.  It has a lot of great information on how to set up capsule wardrobes and why you should do it.  The basic process is as follows:

  1. Examine your life.  No, I mean really.  Where do you go?  Where do you work?  What do you do for fun?  I mean what do you really do for fun?
  2. Divide your life into “capsules”.  For example, since I am a work at home mom, I should have a “WAHM” capsule, and a “mom-on-the-go” capsule (it seriously makes me cringe to say “mom on the go”, but hey, it’s a big part of my life).  I also go into the office sometimes, so I should have an “office” capsule.   For going out, I need a “casual weekend”, “fancy weekend”, and probably a capsule for special events, etc.
  3. Assign a size to each capsule, which dictates how many items you should have in each.

The idea is to make each capsule a set of mostly interchangeable clothing, so you can get the most combinations out of the least amount of clothing.  This may not be for everyone, but I think it really appeals to my sense of order and organization.   Now it’s time to pull all the clothing out of my closet and get to sorting!!! (Sorry DH!)

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1 Response to Capsule Wardrobe Planning

  1. You’re talking my language. I find this whole concept very exciting! I have already made a start on my wardrobe, as well as in other areas of my life.

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