5 Reasons Why You Need a Capsule Wardrobe
Its time to get rid of all the clutter in your closet!
I recently decided to cleanse my closet for an effortless, more organized wardrobe. Thankfully, Pinterest was a huge help along with dose of self-discipline. If you haven’t heard about the trend, a minimalist wardrobe or capsule wardrobe is when you narrow down your belongings to items that you only love and wear a lot.
What’s the point? To help you get ready faster in the morning, and simplify your life before a move. Oh and to cut any clutter you have – like that Zara dress that’s been hanging for ages in the back of your closet.
I went through the process and had a lot of success. I can’t tell you how good it felt to get rid of 60% of my belongings. And guess what? I haven’t looked back!
1. Find a capsule guideline that works for you
A template might not be a perfect fit, but you can always change a few things that match your lifestyle. In New York, I walk everywhere so I need a few extra pairs of shoes that hold up well. I found my template here:
2. Take everything out of your closet and throw it on your bed
Seriously! It will give you perspective of just how much you have, and what things may be hiding in a corner that you’ve forgotten about.
3. Don’t be emotional
Clothing can bring up memories of times you wore them. If you have 5 t-shirts lying around that have been collecting dust, but you wore them that one summer in 10th grade – they’re better off donated or resold. If you have a hard time letting go of those feelings, ask a friend to help you talk it out as you go through your closet. This is also what professional image consultants or personal shoppers can sometimes help people with.
4. Goodbye to one year of no wear
Get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year. If you are not sure about donating something that you used to love, throw these items into a black trash bag and hide it. Within the next few weeks if you remember something in the bag that you need to wear (without looking!) keep that item in your closet. If that time passes and you don’t remember it, get rid of the bag entirely. You won’t miss these things especially after giving it a trial period.
5. Avoid impulse shopping trips
If you had a bad day and ran out to the nearest Gap to buy something that makes you feel better, we’ve all been there. But as I cleaned out my closet I noticed a lot of things I never wore, were things I bought impulsively. Now I keep a list of things I’m looking to buy on my phone, and think of what pieces in my closet I don’t have and what would be useful to add to my wardrobe.
If you are having a hard time or are too overwhelmed you can start by spending one hour by downsizing what you feel comfortable with. In another week or two go back and see what else you aren’t wearing.
You got this!