When we started our KonMari/Decluttering journey, the first thing to go was clothing. Barry and I both thinned out our closets…me dramatically, and him less so because of the different types of clothing he has to wear for work. I even switched to a minimalist wardrobe for the kids – how freeing! Less laundry. Less ironing. Less mess and less clutter. More closet space!
I began reading some on Capsule Wardrobes because I saw them mentioned several times on Pinterest when doing research on how to live minimally. I thought “Hey…I can do that!” And when I think that, well…you better watch out.
So, I began watching tons of You Tube videos to learn all I could about a capsule wardrobe. I want to share the basics of what I learned here and then I hope to show you my Summer capsule via video later on. I’ll also be doing a post on what I did wrong…and maybe a post on the kids’ minimal wardrobes.
Basically, a capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe consisting of a minimal amount of items that you can mix and match, making the maximum amount of outfits – clothes that can all be used together…but obviously not at the same time because we’re not looking for the snowman effect.
Here’s something you might not know about me…clothes and fashion are not my thing. I’ve never been talented at that type of thing. In fact, I’m frequently texting my friend Erinn to ask her “Can I wear this!?”
But, I love learning new things. And I wanted to be able to teach myself to mix and match and make the most of what I had. So, that’s what I’ve been doing.
Because I need lots of rules, I used the method called Project 333. The basic idea is that you have 33 items total in your wardrobe that you wear for 3 months. So, you’ll end up having 4 capsules – one for each season. That allows you not to get bored and to be able to switch things up a bit here and there. And for me, it means when you mess up REALLY BAD, you can think “Oh. Well. Glad this only lasts 3 months.”
The 33 items consist of: clothing, jewelry, shoes, outerwear, and accessories. Wow. Yeah. Seems insane in the membrane, huh?
What it does NOT include: underwear (thank you, Jesus!), jewelry that you never take off (wedding band, earrings, etc), pajamas, in home lounge wear (think pjs pants and ratty t-shirt), and exercise clothes (what’s what?!).
Because I like all things paper, I used this printable from Life Your Way to help me get started with my capsule.
What I quickly found out was, I didn’t even need the 33 items! Shocking. This is from the girl whose closet used to be stuffed to the brim.
Having a capsule is so great. I love the clothes I have…now. I didn’t use to. And I messed up at first and had to fix it. But now I’m so happy! I’ve learned to mix and match and have so many outfits from a minimal stack…thanks to my friend Erinn who gave me a lesson on outfits.
I needed to add a few things to my capsule, so I went to Target and other stores and tried to find some stuff. I quickly learned that…dude, I hate shopping. Like, I HATE SHOPPING. I left with one pair of skinny jeans that I haven’t worn but 4 times because it’s so hot here I feel like my butt sweats just looking at them.
So, I headed to my favorite online thrift store, Thred Up and was able to complete my wardrobe easy peasy – at night – when the kids were asleep – and wouldn’t see me measuring myself. I love that Thred Up lets me get great clothes for cheap and SEND THEM BACK FOR FREE if I don’t like them. Here’s my Thred Up review.
This first capsule has helped me learn exactly what I will need in my next one – including things with ELASTIC WAIST BANDS. I also know that using Project 333 helped me get started, but I likely won’t use it again and will use a bit more loose rules. It’s a great starting point.
You will keep each capsule – so you’ll have a total of 4 totes for clothing storage. Each time you want to try to re-use pieces in your capsule and try to make them fit the next season. So that way you can change out a couple pieces and get a lot of variety. For example, keep your short sleeve tops and simply later them with long sleeve cardigans for the fall and winter.
See my Summer Capsule Wardrobe here.