There were a couple of surprising benefits to shelter-in-place of 2020 and my wardrobe was one of them.
At 60 my closet and drawers were filled to bursting. With the countdown clock beginning to tick, I just don’t have the time waste on things I don’t like or are indifferent to. Hither to the pandemic I didn’t have time to spend on thinking about how full my closest was.
Then came shelter-in-place.
My wardrobe has been the biggest recipient of this. I had the time, I found a method and simply put, I’m not going to be wearing anything I’m indifferent to and don’t own anything I don’t like.
My clothes and my closet actually make me happy for the first time since …ever.
While filling time on Pinterest when I kept seeing pins about minimalist or capsule wardrobes. I was drawn to the idea. My large walk-in was bursting with clothes I rarely wore. There were
- the “big” clothes,
- the “too small” clothes,
- the “what-was-I-thinking?” clothes
- the “it-was-on-sale” clothes,
- the “looked great on friends” clothes
- the “I liked it in a magazine” clothes
- the “its too worn to ever be seen again” clothes
- the “I’m sure it will come back into style” clothes
The smallest group were the clothes I actually wore.
When my husband asked whether or not I needed more closet space, I wanted to say “yes” but I knew that the real answer was, “NO, I need fewer clothes”
So I began to research what a capsule wardrobe was. There are a lot of different definitions but simply but it’s a small wardrobe that mixes and matches, all the clothes fit and you like everything (EVERYTHING) that you wear.
Bingo. That’s what I wanted.
I went through my closet and drawers and got rid of everything I didn’t like– everything. I was ruthless. I made sure to touch everything. If a piece of clothing didn’t make me smile it went in the donation pile. That may seem ridiculous, but even tee shirts and comfy clothes fell easily. During this process, I discovered that even the smallest items have a positive or negative effect on me. Each time I touched a piece of clothing that may have been practical but that I didn’t really like or care about, I’d remind myself that life is now just too dang short to put on something that doesn’t make me feel good.
I gave away a lot of clothes.
What I was left with was a wardrobe that made me happy. Imagine, opening each drawer and smiling.
Well, I can.
- I’m never tired of what’s in my closet because I like everything
- I like taking care of my clothes, not because there are so few, but because I appreciate each piece from my socks to my evening wear.*I feel as though I have a larger wardrobe because everything mixes and matches.
- I will be able to travel throughout Europe for three weeks, one medium sized suitcase, and never wear the same outfit twice.
- I don’t enjoy clothes shopping anymore because I’m not looking for clothes to fill in a whole in my fashion heart.
It’s wonderful to know that at every moment of my day I’m going to put on something that fits and makes me smile, even my Saturday work-clothes are fun to put on.