I finally got the kick in the pants I needed first, by Kendra's daily devotion at Blessed is She and then again by Kendra's post, An Inspired Capsule Wardrobe. Kendra was my first inspiration, but there is a ton of information about capsule wardrobes and simple, clutter-free closets on the internet.
I filled two trash bags full of clothes and shoes to donate. Then I separated the rest of my clothes in a Fall/Winter pile and a Spring/Summer pile. The latter was put into Ralph's closet because all of his clothes fit in one small dresser, so it was an empty closet. My goal was to make getting dressed as quick and easy as possible, so I didn't want the out of season clothes getting in the way. The Fall/Winter wardrobe has a total of 49 pieces (including shoes and house/workout clothes). The Spring/Summer wardrobe is similar in size. Although, when I pull them back out some of those pieces will be donated, and I will purchase a few essential pieces (I know I need new black sandals to name one thing).
Before I put the clothes that I will wear for the next six months back into my closet, I took pictures of them so I could share them here for your viewing pleasure. After all, someone out there must be interested in the clothing choices of a homeschooling, thirty-eight year chubby mom! Right?
a pair of jeans and six skirts
workout/house clothes: two sweatpants, one cotton skirt, two sweaters, four tops
shoes: boots, sneakers, and three casual flats
Several of these items are a few years old, and I will probably discard them after this winter. They are still in decent shape, though, so I didn't want to get rid of them yet. Looking at my skirts lined up like that, I had to laugh. There is a lot of denim, but I like what I like. And I do not like the print skirt, but I think I need a choice other than solid. My goal is to look nice but not flashy. I also strive to look classic, not trendy, but also current. Does that make sense? I am not sure if I am successful at it, but I am happy with the way I dress. I think it is important to feel happy and comfortable and presentable.
|My everyday look.|
Cleaning out my closet, getting rid of a lot, and separating what I have into two separate wardrobes has been a freeing experience. My closet is open and clutter-free, and I know exactly what I have to wear and can easily find what I want to wear. Plus, knowing what makes me happy and what I have to wear means that I won't impulse shop. I can wear what I have until it wears out and then purchase an item to replace it.
Have you cleaned out your closet and created a capsule wardrobe? Or are you thinking about doing? Or do you think it is silly and not worth the effort? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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