Most of us are probably a little guilty of owning more clothes than we will ever wear.
I had a closet bursting with clothes, but felt like I had nothing when my favorite pieces were in the laundry. I would claw through mounds of clothes, frantically looking for one shirt, ignoring the fact that I was buried alive in neglected clothes. When I recognized the amount of unnecessary stress I had from choosing an outfit. I knew it was time for me to seriously clean out my wardrobe.
I turned on my favorite playlist (80’s Pop) and went to work.
01 | EMPTY IT OUT!
Although this may seem drastic, emptying out your closet is the best way to see how many clothes you have. It didn’t take much time and I found forgotten clothes in the back of my closet. It was even therapeutic like I was cleaning out my life as well as my closet.
Because I have a small room, I threw all of my clothes on my bed. This ended up being a good idea because if my bed hadn’t been buried under piles of clothes, I probably would have just given up and taken a nap instead.
02 | DECIDE
When I thinned out my closet, I ended up with three piles: keep, donate, and trash. I held up each item one at a time. After I argued with myself for a while, I’d decide which pile it belonged to.
I found that with certain clothes, deciding is mentally draining, so to simplify this process I created a Capsule Wardrobe Flowchart. This helps you decide what to do with the item so you’re not deciding solely on emotion, but also on practicality.
03 | PUT IT AWAY
Put everything away so you can put the project behind you! I had a ton of clothes to sell, donate, or put in the trash.After doing this, I was able to focus on the clothes I was keeping. I put them back in my closet, organizing as I went. I put a jacket that I use but didn’t like on a separate shelf, as a daily reminder to save money to replace it.
I finished putting all my clothes back sooner than I thought; mostly because I had significantly less than when I started.
Congratulations!! You’re all done the Capsule Wardrobe Transformation. Now that you have a closet of clothes you love, you’ve undoubtedly found some extra space for clothes that actually deserve to be in your wardrobe.
I was unprepared for the feeling of delight after finishing this project. Sure, I was a little relieved that it was finally over, but I was so excited to look in my closet and only see clothes I loved.
My life felt lighter and clearer once all of the unnecessary clothes were gone. I realized I would have to buy some more clothes, but now I knew which pieces I needed because I could see exactly what I had and didn’t have.