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:
- 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?
- 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.
- 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!)