DIY antler headband

 

Oh my goodness I had so much fun making this little antler headband! I’m just going to give you a quick run down on what I did!

I took an old navy blue headband my daughter had, but never wore, and ripped off the bow. I then added some pipe cleaners to create the antlers. I cut stripes from a brown paper bag and made my own modge podge with Elmer’s glue and water. It took me a while to realize it was easier if the stripes were a little thinner. I also added too much water at first and the paper was too soggy and not sticking. About halfway through I got out my blow dryer, rubbed some glue over the edges, and “dried” them down.

Wrapping the paper was the trickiest part for me, but once I figured out a system it went a lot faster. I didn’t take any pictures during the process because I had glue all over my hands. And to be honest I wasn’t sure if it would turn out anyways!¬† ūüôā Once the pipe cleaners were covered enough, I used the blow dryer to quicken the drying time and then let it sit for an hour or two (simply because I had to get my son from school and put kids down for naps!) before painting. I used acrylic paint and used gray, white, black and hints of brown. I just mixed and brushed!¬†The whole process so far was from Pinterest and then I just finished the rest how I wanted!

I only had gray felt so thats what I used for the ears. I wanted another color so I cut an old shirt to add a brownish color. My supplies were low so I had to get creative! Ha! I had recently purchased some fuzzy, faux sheep skin fabric to possible cover a stool I have so I just cut a few little squares to add some fuzziness to the ears! I glued them on with a hot glue gun. I ended up painting the whole headband with the same colors as the antlers to hide the navy blue.

I set it outside in the sun to help dry while I got out some flowers (ended up being too big), greenery, and felt balls. After playing around with a few ideas….I ended up with this….

Later that evening the boys dressed in camo to go “hunting”, Emi girl was a little deer and we went exploring while mamma took pictures. I had such a fun time making it and watching Emi enjoy it!¬†

Big bro helping her down a hill

Thanks for reading friends!

xoxo, Danielle

Why homeschool?

My husband and I had our second date at starbucks, which we closed out, talking for hours about our families, how we were raised, etc. When it came to education I told him I was homeschooled from 2nd grade to 8th grade. He just started laughing. I laughed with him but thought “Oh great, this super cute, nice, baseball player now thinks I might be weird because I was a homeschooler.” So I stumbled on trying to explain… to which he cut me off and said, “No, I’m laughing because I was homeschool till 8th grade too!” So, before I go on about why we are choosing to homeschool this year, I just want you to know, my husband and I have been on the other side!

I want to preface what I’m about to say with a few things. First, we are taking it one year at a time. I felt called to homeschool this year for various reasons, but we are keeping an open mind and heart year to year. Secondly, I don’t agree that there’s only one right way to school your children. Whether it be public, private, or at home…all can be great!

So why are we homeschooling? Well, I honestly wasn’t really planning on homeschooling. Last year Levi went to THE sweetest preschool which we absolutely loved. We sent him 4-ish (it was flexible) days a week from 8:30-11:30. I heard that the private school I used to go to had a half day kinder option, so I knew thats where I wanted him to go. I feel like our society (and satan really) is creating chaos in the family with all the busyness. I knew I didn’t want him to be in school 7 hours a day as a young 5 year old. I’m a big advocate of pushing, encouraging and discipling our children (aka, not let them be lazy and have their way) but I’m also a big advocate of letting kids be kids. I want my child to learn, but I want him to be outside throwing dirt clods, building forts, catching bugs and riding bikes. So this half day kindergarten seemed perfect for us and how I feel! I went to the open house and was told they were no longer offering half day. My heart literally sunk, I had a pit in my stomach, and I fought back tears as I was talking to the teacher. It may sound dramatic, but it was just the mama in me. ūüôā ¬†I didn’t want my “just” 5 year old in school till 3:15 everyday, when he still naps 5 out of 7 days! I didn’t want to get him at the end of the day when he was tired and worn out. I didn’t want his siblings to only see him for a few hours before he had to turn in early for the night. And, I also took into consideration his personality. He loved preschool, but some days he said he missed us and just wanted to be home. When he was at school he felt like he was missing out with the family. So the thought of making him go every day, for a total of 34 hours a week, didn’t seem the best for us. My husband and I also agreed that if he was in school he would not participate in any extra curricular activities, such as sports, as a 5 year old. We didn’t want our family to be running here, and there, and not have enough quality family time!

This is when I looked into the schools’ homeschool program. I could homeschool through the school (aka, have help and guidance!) and he had the option to go into the kindergarten class room on Fridays! At first I thought, “There’s no way I can homeschool…I have the other ones at home and theres always a lot of chaos”. Along with the fact that I already have to clean, cook, do the laundry, grocery shop, etc…all while taking care of 3 little ones. But my heart softened to the idea and I felt a peace. Much more of a peace than sending him to school. So, here we are. I’m his teacher.

First day of “real school” in his kinder class!

I totally doubt myself sometimes. Carrying the responsibilities of being a mom, and then adding the job of being your child’s educator is daunting. Even though its kindergarten. I have to teach him the english language, for crying out loud!!! Total shout out to you homeschool moms that teach multiple grades at multiple levels. I have a whole new respect for you! I’m enjoying going through the curriculum and finding fun ways to teach it. I’m enjoying the fact that I get to watch him learn and be so involved. I’m enjoying that we can finish his lessons in less than 2 hours, and he doesn’t have to be gone for 7. I’m enjoying that his siblings are learning with him or that I can postpone starting school because the kids are playing so well together. I’m enjoying that we can learn outside, or do math & numbers on the kitchen floor. I’m enjoying we don’t have to rush out the door every morning to get him to school. I’m enjoying that we can have quieter afternoons and no homework at night.

The younger ones get to join in too…while being half dressed! ūüôā

Now, don’t get me wrong…there’s a lot of things that are challenging. Its a hard concept for him that I’m now his teacher, summer is over, and we have to sit and do things that aren’t always fun. Its harder for him to respect me as the teacher because, I’m mom. I know for a doubt he wouldn’t tell his teacher “I’m only doing one work sheet today, ok? Not two.” He may or may not have said this to me. ūüėČ But there’s also the flip side of me lacking patience for him. I know what he’s capable of and I want the best for him, so at times its frustrating when he’s not focusing. I definitely get to practice extra patience.

I recently read the book (recommended by a homeschool mom I admire), “Teaching from Rest: A Homeschoolers Guide to Unshakable Peace” by Sarah Mackenzie. It was so insightful in preparing to homeschool! The Lord knew I needed to read it. I was convicted of many things and have tried to change my mindset, as in having more patience and calmness as I teach in our home. I would highly recommend the book if you are even considering homeschooling. A lot of areas can even apply to just being a mom!

We are now a few weeks in and I think our family as a whole is loving this fit. Levi’s teachers at school have been so sweet and accommodating. They always welcome and invite him to other things and he may even be going an extra day a week. I am so thankful for what we have this year! Like I said, we are prayerfully taking it one year at a time, so I’m not sure what next year will look like. I do love the fact that he is plugged into the school so if we do decide to put him in, he knows his classmates. Or if we continue to homeschool, he’ll continue to see them once or twice a week:)

I am not an experienced homeschool mom, but if you have any questions about homeschool and how it works, I’d love to chat! ūüôā

P.s. I know a BIG argument about homeschooling is the socialization part. I understand people’s concern, and I agree kids need socialization, but I think depending on the family, there are a lot of other ways to socialize than just school! My husband and I were homeschooled and we felt we had plenty of socialization! ūüėČ If you have further questions on this, send me a message and I’d love to talk more about it!

Shop our homeschool wall :

Kid Food: Ikea

“Create” letters- hobby lobby

Rug-Target

Chalkboard- DIY, See here how I made the green chalk paint (my hubby built the frame and I just put a little stain and white washed it!)

Happy Shopping!!! ūüôā

xo,

Danielle

 

Emersyn’s 4th birthday party

This year wasn’t Em’s turn for a party, but I still wanted to do something simple and fun for her 4th birthday. I decided we would just have some of her girl friends over one morning for donuts! I also love fostering her little girl friends, as she doesn’t have a sister. Girl friends are so important, aren’t they?!

Anyways, I want to share a few pictures and talk about how easy it was to have this donut party!

I went to set the table and kept pulling things out of my craft closet and … this happened! The pink table cloth is from the dollar store (I did put a white cotton one under it, as it is see through), the table runner is wrapping paper I found in our closet (after Christmas sale at target last year), the “placemats” are pieces of construction paper I already had, the pink straws were from target’s party section, the plates and napkins are just basic ones you can get anywhere, and the castle party favor boxes and crowns I got at TJ Maxx a few months ago. For the centerpiece I used my new macrame placemates from Home Goods , some extra felt balls I had in my closet from Hello Maypole,¬†and some star twinkle lights from good ol Target.

The day before the party I used some fresh flowers and eucalyptus as the actual centerpiece, but on the day of the party I decided to replace it with the donut cake.

And lets talk about this donut cake for a second…

It was the easiest.cake.ever. Obviously! lol. I just stacked them up and added some faux greenery and a flower. I know homemade is the best, but there are times its just not worth the stress. This saved a lot of time, and I’m pretty sure the girls loved it just the same! We served milk and also had cheese, crackers and grapes for an extra snack!¬†For the moms I baked some quiches from Costco and cut donuts into quarters so we didn’t have to commit to a whole one¬†¬† ūüėČ On a side note, I think I always eat more when I cut them. It’s “just” a bite here and there…and then another when I walk by..and then here and there again.¬† ūüôĄ

As far as decorating the fireplace mantel, I just hung a few target banners and layered paper fans! Its a little busy, but, I wanted festive.

The paper fans started to fall off the fireplace #reallife

What REALLY made the party was all of Emi’s sweet friends. She’s a blessed little girl.¬†

Emi got a lot of nail polish, makeup, and jewelry from her friends. My favorite part of the day was after she opened her gifts. Her friends took her into her room and played beauty shop with her. They painted her nails, her toes, but on some lip stick, and put allll the hair accessories in her hair. I think she really did feel like a princess!

Happy Birthday, our sweet Emi girl!

Please let me know if you have any questions about this girly party! xoxo, Danielle

 

Keeper of the calendar

For various reasons the past few weeks have seemed extra busy. I constantly just feel like I’m a step behind and can’t quite catch up. Whenever I feel¬†this way I like to pause for a minute and make sure I’m saying “no” to the things I can be. My¬†time on earth¬†is too short and sweet to let busyness invade my¬†life¬†and rob me of special moments and joy!

I need down time to recharge and feel refreshed. Time to be still and ¬†focus my thoughts. When the days go flying by and we are here and there, I feel overwhelmed, behind, frustrated and worn down. My kids are still little¬†so they are¬†dependent on momma for a lot of things.¬†I have to be conscious of not wearing myself too thin.¬†I have found that I like 2-3 days during the week with no set plans. I’ll go out with the kids to do errands or fun things, but we go at our own pace.¬†When my weeks become too full I feel like I’m just herding my little pack around, always rushing everyone around leaving me feeling like a scatter brained drill sargent. Its hard for me to stay up on laundry, housework, our garden, and my quiet time.¬†When the busyness creeps in I feel like¬†I miss out on special little moments with my kids, and those moments can be so important! I am to nurture my children, and nurturing calls for those teachable and lovable moments.

As I reflect on the busyness of the past few weeks, and the upcoming weeks, I¬†realize there’s not much I can do about it. There always seems to be¬†seasons where the calendar is¬†full and there is really no way around it. So what do I need to do during this time? I need to adjust for this season based on how I know I function. I need to make sure I squeeze in a few minutes of down time daily. I need to be conscious of saying “no” to all the things I can. If there happens to be a free day, I need to work at keeping it that way. I need to aim at having¬†a good attitude if the laundry is piled higher than normal and the house isn’t as clean as I want. Its a busy season and something has to give!¬†I also need to make sure this season doesn’t go on for too long and our family doesn’t reach burnout!

As wives and/or mothers it is our job to set boundaries and protect busyness from invading. We are the keeper of the calendar.

I realize everyone is different, some thrive with¬†being on the go, where others like myself may need a little more down time. I encourage you to take a step back though and¬†assess where you are and where you want to be. Figure out ways you can adjust. What do you need and what does your family need? ¬†Are you burnt out? Do you need to be saying “no” more? Time is valuable and life is short. Let’s make sure we are being good keepers of the calendar and stewards of our time!

 

Stencil Wall

One day my husband and I were sitting in our comfy chairs talking about some plans for our living room. He said, “I can’t believe I’m saying this but…I feel like the wall our TV is on needs something else…the top half is so blank.” He usually prefaces anything decor or adding-a-new-project-to-the-list-related with “I can’t believe I’m saying this.” lol. We had talked about doing shiplap before but he isn’t a big fan of shiplap. So, anyways, he spoke those words and I jumped on the task! ha!!

I began looking at wall papers and this lovely wall paper from anthropology became my inspiration…The price (over $400 for the wall I wanted to do) quickly made me turn to look for a more economical way. I searched other wall paper sites but the ones I really liked were just too pricey. I began browsing Instagram and Pinterest and was lead to Royal Design Studio Stencils. I loved the details their stencils had! After much debate with myself, I ended up choosing the Anatolia Stencil based on this photo:

So, I had in my mind what I wanted and what do you know, the next morning the stencils were all 25% off for 5 days! I felt like it was meant to be ūüėČ

The stencil ships in 2 days, so I began planning out paint colors and gathering my supplies so they would be ready when the UPS man rang my door bell. No, really, I had everything ready and prepped and just waited for the delivery.

Here’s what I used:

  1. 2 inch Stencil brush from Michaels.  I used a 50% off coupon;)
  2. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter paint from Orchard Supply Hardware. The wall was already the base color I wanted (Benjamin Moore Gray Mist).
  3. Painters tape from Lowes (for securing the stencil to the wall).
  4. Anatolia Tile Stencil from Royal Design Studio Stencils
    21 inches x 21 inches
  5. Plastic to protect the flooring.
  6. Level

Before starting the stencil process I cleaned the walls and patched some holes. (I always have a lot of holes in my wall from decor. Oops!) Next, I measured the wall and drew a line down the middle of it with my level. This is the line I started stenciling on.

It’s important when stenciling to add only a small amount of paint to the brush at a time, otherwise things get drippy and messy. I used a shallow tupperware container (It’s what I had) and blotted the paint brush on a paper towel before applying.¬†I actually wanted some parts to be darker than others to give it more of a vintage feel.

I worked my way down down the wall, using the registration marks on the stencil to keep things aligned. One piece of advice I would give is to paint the parts that will have to overlap the next stencil design first, to allow more time to dry. Most of the time the paint dried quickly enough since I wasn’t applying too much paint, but a few times I put a little too much paint on some parts and had to let it dry before I taped the stencil down on top of it.

When I finished a row I then went back to the top of the wall and started a new row. I left all the corners and edges for the end in case my stencil became permantently bent in the process of getting in the nooks and cranies (it didn’t, but I wasn’t sure!).

The end of one side of our wall is rounded, so I just blended the stencil into the round edge.

The other side of the wall corners with another wall, so it took a little more work to line up the stencil and get in the very edge.

The whole process took about 6 hour for a 12 ft by 10 ft wall. I wasn’t working full speed the entire time, as I had a few distractions (Ehem, 3 children) but I did work pretty steadily. My husband took the kids out of the house for a few hours, then he painted for a little while I put the kids down for their nap and took a quick lunch break ūüôā Teamwork.

I am so happy with the way it turned out and the warmth and coziness it gives to our living room! I would highly recommend stenciling if you are wanting an accent wall!

Usually our TV sits on the buffet but, these kiddos were a lot cuter ūüėČ

Please let me know if you have any questions about the process!:)

— Danielle

Levi’s birth story

Our sweet 5 year old

On June 1, 2012 my mom, house cleaner, and I cleaned every inch of our first little 850 sq foot house, preparing for Levi who was due June 10th. ¬†We went to bed that night and at 3 am I woke up Charlie telling him my water broke. This eager and excited first time dad pulled out his birthing class notes and went through “TACO”… Time, Amount, Color, and Oder. What a great dad already:) We had our hospital bag mostly packed, with a list on top of last minute items to grab.

Charlie was in charge of the items while I did my hair.

Well, I went to bed with it wet, so I had to make it look half way decent! Besides, the hospital was literally 0.3 miles down the road. So, 45 minutes later we were on our short little way to the hospital and family was informed. I was just feeling a little crampy as they were checking me, and we had second thoughts if we should be there. I wanted to deliver naturally and didn’t want to be laboring at the hospital for 24 hours. As we were about to sign AMA papers (leaving Against Medical Advice), the contractions started coming hard and strong. We looked at each other and decided to stay. At 8 am I was 3cm & 10:20am I was 7cm.

My partner in life
My partner in life

Somewhere between that time my sister,¬†who was my¬†assistant¬†labor coach, arrived from 4 hours south to help Charlie and I through the process. So thankful she was there because she had done this naturally before, is a nurse, and is my best friend. My husband and sister make a great team ūüėČ

A labor of love
A labor of love

So at 10:20 things got intense….transition was upon me. By 10:40 though I was 9cm and 20 mins after that it was time to push! I was so ready for him to come. I couldn’t wait to see my¬†son, OUR baby. I also couldn’t wait for the pain to stop. As the doctor came in when it was time to push I asked my sister, “is it going to hurt?!” (I know, silly question). She said, “Yes, it will burn like crazy”. Honesty. After 45 minutes of pushing, we were parents, holding our baby… trying to study his little face between the tears streaming down our faces.

He was precious, all 8lbs 10ounces & 21 inches of him.

And there began our journey of parenthood.

Levi a day old with mom

LEvi a fathers love

levi first family photo

What a blessing we were given that day! Thanks for reading ūüôā

DIY vintage green chalkboard paint

I have a space in my home where¬†I want to make a large¬†green vintage chalkboard. Finding a pretty green chalkboard paint has been¬†little difficult though. I found a “recipe” on a blog for one but it required mixing different milk paints and each bag of paint was $25. I didn’t want to spend $50 on just the paint for this project! Then I pulled up on pinterest “How to make you’re own chalkboard paint” and I was shocked at how easy it was! All I had to do was find a green I liked and do a little mixing!

Here is what I did:

  • I purchased a sample jar of¬†Valspar’s Hanging Vine green from Lowes. Buying a sample jar covers more than enough¬†area for a chalkboard, is only a few dollars, and the amount in there is just about 8fl oz, which is the mixing ratio for the next step!
    Valspar: Hanging Vine green
  • Mixed 2 TBSP unsanded¬†grout¬†into the sample jar (1 cup of latex paint to 2TBSP unsanded grout).
    The paint seems a little thick after mixing but it paints on smoothly!

Done. Thats it. You have a pretty vintage green chalkboard paint!

I haven’t made the large chalkboard but I wanted to practice and experiment with¬†the color. Now, I know this “Bind my Wandering Heart to Thee” is pretty,¬†but its been in my garage too long collecting dust and its not really my style anymore…so I reused it.¬† ūüėĮ

I taped the outer frame and applied 3 coats of the chalkboard paint mix to the main surface. Once the green was dry I mixed some white paint and water and brushed in on the frame to give it more of a white wash look. When both paints were dry I seasoned the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over the surface.

Seasoning the chalkboard

 

And here is the final result! Now…just to work on my chalkboard writing ūüėČ

Thanks for reading! Please ask me any questions you may have. Happy chalkboard making!

Capsule Closet- The Result

Now that the closet is purged, its time to start filling in the gaps by adding basic pieces.

It is important to key in on your own style and what works for you!

So, what makes you feel comfortable? I personally don’t like¬†tight or¬†restrictive tops, rather more flowy basic shirts that allow me to feel comfortable when I’m doing my “mom job”. And when I wear heels, I feel like an alien from mars and will probably end up with a broken leg¬†so…definitely no to heels or wedges for me. I mean, I will if it’s an important event… like I’m meeting the president or something. Maybe you like wearing heels to the store and it makes you feel like you can conquer the world! By all means, wear those heals! I will admire you. Just¬†figure out what works for you ūüôā

Now, let’s talk color palette for a moment. I don’t think this should be complicated. I didn’t even plan mine, it just happened! Pick your favorite shirts from your closet and see what majority rules. There may be 3-4 colors that seem to stand out. Maybe they are bright, or more neutral like mine, but just stick with your colors¬†so outfits will match. If that doesn’t work, start pining outfits you like on Pinterest and try to figure out what your favorites are! Below are a few palettes I like with similar colors in my closet:

Now I’m going to take you through my closet¬†to show you what I have and how many I have to give you an idea. But remember, just figure out what works for you!

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For tops I tend to go plain, with a little flair. Like an oversized baggy ¬†pocket, a high-low (longer in back), or your good ol’ v-neck. Its just what I gravitate to and makes me feel comfortable! Plus, they go with a lot. So how many do I have? About 12 spring/summer shirts and tanks hanging in my capsule¬†section. I also have my comfy, around the house shirts…which I will talk about another time.

The picture below is a more realistic view of what my shirt section¬†looks like. I did, however, leave some long sleeve shirts in the mix since we haven’t quite reached summer yet.

So, does my shirt section surprise you? Did you think you could only have 5? Maybe I’m not a strict capsule follower in the capsule world, but this works for me right now! I’m sure I’ll be tweaking it even more. I’d also like to add that I kept a few more in the mix¬†because I still have young kiddos that get me dirty. So if one gray top gets dirty, I’ll just grab another gray top! Another reason¬†why its nice when the color scheme stays similar. One winter day I was wearing black skinny jeans and a chambray top and both were spilled on…so I went to my closet and put on the exact same outfit! I love not thinking about what I’m going to wear. There’s too many other things to think about!

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These are my shorts for the capsule. I do have a few others from the past, just in case. (See, its hard to let go!!) We live in the middle of sunny california, so we reach many over 100 degree days. H O T. ¬†The green and pink shorts fit well and were on the longer side for short shorts so…I bought two colors. The top jean shorts I made from an old pair of flair jeans. Reuse and recycle¬† ūüėČ I think this will be a good base for summer (those times I’m¬†not splashing in the pool with the kids)…and the colors go with a lot!

¬ęf a n c y¬Ľ

As I was purging my closet I realized all my skirts were super outdated. And honestly, I don’t really know what skirts are in style now, so I decided to stick with dresses. For churches, weddings, or…if I meet the president of course. When I got rid of my 100+ pieces of clothes, I found a few dresses I¬†had forgotten about! Another reason to keep the closet clean.

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These sandals are my staple. Thank you Marshalls. I mean, its these 85% of the time and other than that its my rainbow sandals or my workout shoes. I do have high heels stored under the bed (for when I meet el presidente). I think its good to have 2 capsule shoes for the season, but I just have one for now. Guess I better go shopping ūüôā

I will say, while the weather is cooler in spring, I will still where one of my two staple winter shoes…these Lucky brand lace up booties. They go with everything! Thank you Marshalls, again.

My spring go-to crop leggings and booties

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This is my capsule¬†necklace. It is simple and goes with everything. I think I paid $3 for it at Forever 21! I do have more necklaces hanging in my closet, but honestly, a lot were gifts and I don’t want to get rid of them! I decided because they don’t take up much room, I’ll let myself keep them;)¬†But when I’m in a rush and need a necklace, this is “the one”.

¬ęC a r d i g a n s¬Ľ

I usually don’t need a sweater with the kind of summers we have, but I like to keep my lighter cardigans out. For those few cool summer nights or when buildings crank up the A.C! I ended up with 6 because a few are very light and 3/4 sleeves and a few are long sleeve and a little heavier.

¬ęMix & Match¬Ľ

Here are a few examples of outfits I can make with my capsule clothes!

So….what about the non-capsule items? This would include comfy clothes, work out clothes, and pajamas. I have downsized a lot in all of these areas and try to keep it simple. I decided to go all black bottoms for work out clothes and buy tops that match black. I chose about 5 or 6 of my favorite comfy shirts to keep around. I mean, comfy clothes ARE my staple;) There are no rules, but just be mindful with everything you keep!

In summary, chose quality over quantity. Be strategic when you make a purchase and be sure it will match with what you have. If you put a new item in your closet, look carefully through what is already in there and see if an item or two can be removed.

If we can do this with our wardrobe we are one step closer to simplifying life.

And a simple life gives us more time with things that really matter. I think we are all about that, right?! Thanks for reading my little capsule series! If you missed the first and second post, click them to read!

 

Below I did a little shopping for you with (similar) items in my wardrobe..just click on the photo and it will take you to the link where you can purchase them!

Capsule Closet- Down sizing your wardrobe

 

Hello friends! I hope¬†that by sharing my experience with the capsule closet you ¬†will realize the process doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. It takes a little time, but it will pay off¬†in the long run!

So lets talk about purging. I think it is really beneficial to go through your wardrobe a few times when trying to down size.

Purging is like peeling back layers of an onion. You might cry as you peel back the layers to get to the core (or your capsule clothes), but the final result will taste good in the end.

Ok, maybe thats not the best analogy ūüėČ , but if anything you can think of onions when you purge. And maybe it will remind you to keep going…keep throwing into the give away pile! Purging in stages gives you time to figure out what you really like and what you can live without.

¬ęPurge #1¬Ľ

First, I got rid of all the clothes that didn’t fit (post partum, maternity, pre-baby) or items¬†I knew for a fact I didn’t like. This weeded out a good little chunk and I felt just that much better about my closet. Well, fast forward a few weeks and I realized that made a little dent, but I still had a mountain I needed to say goodbye to.

The dent

¬ęPurge #2¬Ľ

Purge two happened a few months¬†later. (Hopefully you won’t wait that long for yours!)

It was actually a little harder than I thought to let go of so much. I didn’t realize I was attached to my clothes!

During this purge I got rid of…100+ pieces of clothes!!! This was by far the bulk of my purges. I went through my¬†socks, underwear, pjs, workout clothes, shirts, pants, shorts…the whole gamut. As you’re doing this remember the point is to simplify and make more time for things that matter. Maybe it will help you decided if you really need that shirt or not ūüėČ I did make¬†a little “will be replaced section” in my closet for clothes that I didn’t¬†really want¬†for my capsule, but needed to keep until I found replacements.

¬ęPurge #3¬Ľ

Purge 3¬†happened once I had found those¬†spring/summer replacements (thanks to a little pre Mothers Day alone time shopping!). Now I was able to give away¬†the clothes that were in the “to be replaced” section. I also purged my jewelry and shoes, again.

My closet was actually starting to become a space I enjoyed looking in! That was a totally new concept to me.

Here are some before and afters:

During purge #2
Utter chaos…and dirty mirrors ūüôā
After purge #3

My kids could actually explore in there now!

What a difference, right? Maybe your closet doesn’t look as bad as mine did (or does it?!).¬†…but I hope this inspires you to minimize the amount of clothes you own.¬†Besides saving time, money, and hassle, its just nice to open an organized closet and like all you own! I even thought about adding twinkle lights inside.¬† ūüėĮ ¬†And you know what, I just might!

Ok, so, are you ready to purge now? In my next post I will talk about how I¬†pulled my capsule closet together, what is in my capsule (how I can mix and match), and you will be able to¬†easily shop my basics! If you missed the first post, Why the Capsule Closet,¬†click here. To read the next post, “The result”,¬†click here!

Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

My Lived in Closet- Why the Capsule Closet?

There are beautiful messes within the home. Messes that are left by our loved ones living in it…making sweet memories.

Then there was my closet. Not such a beautiful mess.

I’d rather spend time with these kiddos then fuss about my clothes!

The past year or so I’ve become more aware of trying to make life more simple. The first few years of motherhood were a survival blur, and things accumulated. We moved into our 1400 sq ft home with 3 people, and then there were 5. More clothes, more shoes, more toys, more food, and just more stuff. I also let my closet accumulate. I had high school clothes, college clothes, maternity clothes, post partum clothes, nursing clothes, and then whatever other things I would randomly snag when I was out shopping. You know, those impulse buys that you make, hoping that it will make your post partum self feel better.

I have a normal sliding door closet and I found myself wishing a had a big beautiful walk- in closet. Well, I could dream away but no walk-in closet would magically appear. Then I kept hearing about… The Capsule Wardrobe. My sister and sister in law started dabbling in it and there were a lot of pinterest articles about it. Hey! Maybe that would solve my lack of a walk-in closet…I could just get rid of some clothes! Genius. Not only would it solve my space problem, but it would solve the “having so much to wear, yet nothing to wear” problem.

Never in a million years would my husband have been able to pick out an outfit for me. This shirt wouldn’t work with those pants…and those pants definitely wouldn’t¬†work with that shirt! And with this problem, it also took time to pick outfits to wear. But I didn’t want to spend extra time trying to figure out what to wear. My babies were (are!)¬†growing every time I blink.

I wanted to free more time and space for things that really matter. Simplify life. Sigh. Sounded life a breath of fresh air.

So, the whole capsule wardrobe intrigued me and I decided to give it a try. I was a little nervous, picturing myself only have 5 shirts. Could I do it? But with further thought and research, I realized it wasn’t about numbers. I could own more than 5 shirts. Phew. I just wanted quality over quantity. And to be mindful of what I keep in my closet.

Myquillian Smith (The Nester) talks about how we are home curators. She says, “My job isn’t so much an organizer of clutter, but a curator of things we need and love and a get-ridder of things that no longer serve us.” We have things for seasons, but then need to let them go.

“There is more joy to be found in owning less than can ever be found in organizing more.”

-Joshua Becker, (Clutterfree with kids)

My heart’s desire is to have a peaceful home. I don’t want it to be filled¬†to the brim with stuff that I have to spend time organizing and re-organizing. I want to be mindful of what I keep and what I get rid of. I want to be an example to my children that memories are more important than things. I’m still a work in progress, so please don’t open my junk drawer…or guest closet.

What do you think? If you haven’t already done this, are you willing to give it a try? I think we have to determine what kind of life we want to live, and then we can feel more committed when we choose to do things like downsize our wardrobe.

In my next posts I will talking about the purges, yes multiple, I did over a few months and how I reached my final capsule result (and how you can too)! Click here to read about the next step, how to downsize your wardrobe, and click here to read the last post!

Please leave any comments with questions or ideas you may have!