Capsule Wardrobe: Cleaning Out My Closet
As my quest toward creating a capsule wardrobe continues, I’m taking the necessary steps.
The first thing that needs to be done is cleaning out my closet, like REALLY cleaning it out. I came across this ever so helpful post at http://bemorewithless.com/goodcloset/, which broke down exactly what I needed to do to begin to effectively clean out my closet!
I followed the instructions given in the blog post, pretty much to the “t”.
I actually wrote down a date on my calendar and made sure I planned for nothing else on that day! The day of, I grabbed my water, turned up my Spotify station, and got to cleaning!
I took every single piece of clothing that I owned out of my closet and from my dresser. I decided not to bother sorting out my shoes or accessories at this time. I literally threw my whole entire wardrobe on top of my bed! Then I went into my closet and vacuumed it out, the carpet, the crown molding, the shelves, everything. Lastly, I sprayed some Fabreze into my closet to get that weird scent out, that closets seem to get. Then I took a break.
After my break, I began throwing things into piles, I followed my first instinct and didn’t overthink this part. I followed this formula (from the post http://bemorewithless.com/goodcloset/ ) :
- Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them frequently.
- Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why. (you know you have those items)
- Donate: These items don’t fit my body or my life.
- Trash: These items are in poor condition. (repurpose if possible)
Everything that was in my “trash” pile, I immediately took out to the trash, again not overthinking this step. I grabbed all of my donate/resell items and placed them into 2 separate bags and took them out to my car. When I returned, I went through the piles I had left, but this time I went through them a little more scrupulously. I went through each item of clothing and asked myself these questions (from the blog post mentioned above):
- Would I go to the store and buy this today?
- Will I wear this in the next 3-6 months (or ever)?
From those piles of clothing, I made 2 more piles; a donate/resell and a keep pile. And again, as soon as I was done, I bagged those donate/resell items and moved them out of sight! I took the fall & winter clothing and stored them in those vacuum Zilplock bags that I purchased at Walmart. The final step was to return the keep pile back into my closet and dresser drawers.
I still ended up with more than 33-35 articles of clothing, but I figured that it was ok, because this is a process.
Everyone’s journey is going to look different. I also figured that I would soon find out which clothes I would really wear, out of the ones I kept, then it would be much easier to just remove those items later.
I also refrained from clothes shopping for a few weeks.
After that “fast”, I have only purchased new items of clothing to complete outfits, for items that I already had. Doing this has truly challenged me to be creative with the clothes I have, and it also showed me how little I really do need to buy myself new clothes!! As I continue to explore this new lifestyle, I have found different variations as far as capsule wardrobe”rules”. I think that the one that is going to work for me, is the 5-piece French Wardrobe. Here is an example:
I’m still inspired make this change, and hopefully I’ll stick to the plan!
I definitely have been using my imagination and creativity when getting dressed and I don’t feel like I have a love/hate relationship with my closet anymore! And I notice that when I shop for clothes now, I’m more intentional, because I am looking for specific pieces.
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