It started a while ago on Pinterest when I kept seeing pins about minimalist or capsule wardrobes. I was drawn to the idea. After 60 years 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 group”, the ” I liked it in a magazine” clothes, the “its too worn to ever be seen again” group and the “I’m sure it will come back into style” group. 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.
So, 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.
Now after living with my capsule wardrobe for the last 6 months, I’ve discovered:
*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.