|Outfit I created on Polyvore|
Though the weather hasn’t cooled down a ton yet, this is the time of the year that I sort through our off-season clothes bins and start to put away some of the summer stuff. In addition, I’ve been trying to simplify my wardrobe over all this summer, and buy pieces that can take me into the next season. A little more on that in a moment, but first, how I organize off-season clothes…
It’s pretty complicated, let me tell ya.
Faith and I each have a bin (Brad organizes his on his own…sort of) that we keep in the basement. They’re labeled “off-season clothes”. When a new season approaches, I go through each bin, pull out what might be needed in the next couple months and put them in the laundry, remove what I no longer want, and put away the current/previous season’s clothes. Right now it’s still warm enough that I haven’t put much away, but going through the bins helps me take inventory of what I have and create a list of what I need to go shopping for. Since I lost weight since last year (yay!) that’s especially important.
Faith’s bin works the same way, but also includes larger sizes of clothes that I find at garage sales, etc. to put away for future use. Since she’s still growing fairly quickly each year, not many clothes go back into the bin for the following year. Clothes of hers (and mine) that we no longer need or that no longer fit go to a garage sale box, to be consigned or donated. (And since I’m trying to declutter I no longer keep a garage sale pile…so ours will either immediately be sold on Facebook or donated.)
Ok, back to simplifying my wardrobe.
This has been my year to simplify overall, and I’ve read blog posts and magazine articles about how to downsize your wardrobe into mix-and-match basics. I’m not a clothes hoarder to begin with. I usually only have one or two pair of jeans, a couple pair of leggings, basic tees/tanks, and then some nicer tops and maybe a couple dresses/skirts. If I don’t wear something or don’t like it anymore, I take it out of my closet and get rid of it.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some rarely used pieces in my closet, and it also doesn’t mean that I love all of what I own. So when I saw Kate’s post talking about planning her “capusle wardrobe” (as inspired by Caroline on unfancy.com), I was intrigued and immediately got to work planning my own. You can read all about Caroline’s Capsule Wardrobe plan here, but her definition of a capsule wardrobe is:
It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you LOVE to wear.
Caroline limits a capsule wardrobe to 37 pieces. You can learn how to build your capsule wardrobe on her site, here. I printed off and completed her wardrobe planner, and it was such an “aha” moment for me! Why do I keep filling my closet with so-so tops when I know that I love drapey dohlman tops or tunics with leggings and tanks/tees with maxi skirts?? I can have outfits I love and they’ll work great with my lifestyle (read: chasing kids and getting groceries), and they’ll be cuter than a boring tee and jeans. (Not that a tee and jeans can’t be cute, but mine were more basic and boring than fun.) And even better…I already have almost everything I need to have a wardrobe I love! I just have to weed out the rest and maybe add a couple other key pieces.
Another thing I’ve realized this past year is that I love grey and brown…not so much stark black. I wear turquoise year-round (it’s my “signature” color). I have jewelry I never wear, so that needs gone-through again, too. I’ve decided when it comes to clothes (and more-so in my home, too), that I like a grey or brown neutral with pops of color from a scarf or a chunky necklace and bracelet. I’m keeping all this in mind as I sort through the clothes.
I’ve gone through my closet one time and taken several pieces out already. I went through the off-season bin, washed everything, and made piles: To (possibly) keep, to donate/sell, and to try on. Once I’ve tried on everything and have my “keep” stash, I’ll go through it all again to see if I’m close to 37 pieces, and if what I have kept are things that I’ll really love. I know I need a pair of jeans and probably another pair of good leggings. Once I’ve sorted through it all I’ll share how it went with you!
As for the house, the kitchen is still coming along! The humidity picked up the past couple days and as I get back on my diet my energy was a bit lower (plus Brad has been sick and not feeling well enough to help with projects). Slow and steady wins the race, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!