Starting My Capsule Wardrobe

With the turn of the new year, I realized my clothing collection has risen beyond a reasonable level. I lived between two different places for much of last 2017, and have accumulated a wardrobe beyond what is necessary or manageable. I lost track of how much I had, since I needed a livable wardrobe in both places. I also had a few different jobs that required different types of clothing, which contributed to the chaos. 

After unpacking my car, I placed all of the bags of clothing in my room alongside the clothes already residing in my room. Just looking at the mess was enough to make me want to give away everything and pretend it never happened. Imagining unpacking and trying to fit it all in my room makes me feel like I can’t breathe. 

Therefore, I’ve decided that I need to significantly pare down the amount of clothes I own.

I’m not talking about going through and removing a few items for giveaway, I’m talking about a full overhaul of my wardrobe.

I’m fed up with having more clothes than can fit in my ample storage space.

The prospect of sifting through my entire collection is daunting, but I NEED to do this for my well-being and sanity. Right now I’m stuck in a cycle of shopping, wearing things a few times, and giving  many away after a month or two.

That ends now.

I’ve decided to create my own capsule wardrobe, based off of the incredible creator of Unfancy Girl, Caroline. If you haven’t checked out her blog, I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in simplifying. She has so much information about how to start and maintain a capsule wardrobe, making it easier for anyone to do it her/himself.

Caroline also says that before she began her capsules, she shopped too much and her wardrobe reflected her emotional states, creating a nonsensical and incoherent collection. That is exactly what my clothing stock has become over the years: a mess of random shopping trips and many pieces I don’t even like that much.

A capsule wardrobe enables you to keep only clothes you adore, while maintaining a fixed number of pieces. The capsules rotate each season. I plan on allotting a dollar amount to each season as well, and not spending a penny more.

My guess is, the less I have, the more contentment and joy I will feel. I’m so excited for this process and finally rid myself of excess so that I can feel at peace and know that I love every single shirt, dress, pair of pants and shoes in my closet. Stay posted for updates on my new adventure in minimizing.

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