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 😉 , 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.
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.
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 😉 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.
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:
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. 😯 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!
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