I’m constantly editing out different things here and there in the space around me.
Try as I may things are bought, given and borrowed, which all end up taking up residence in our home. And if you don’t stay on top of it, it can all get out of hand.
Case in point: my closet.
I think my personal style has changed more in the past two years then it has in quite some time. Maybe that’s just part of growing up.
I try to take this information with me when buying things. A consistent goal of mine is to be a conscious consumer. To not buy something that I don’t need, or worse — I’m quickly going to get bored with. And while I’m not perfect I’m getting there. I’m learning along the way.
I’ve been doing capsule wardrobes for almost a year now, and this has given me a perfect timeline to reassess my closet every three months.
I start by making sure all of my laundry is clean and put away. Then I will pull all my out of season clothes in with my last capsule so I have all of my clothes in one place.
I will then work my way through the selection, picking pieces for that upcoming season, creating my new capsule. And as I’m doing this I often find a piece or two, sometimes several, that I haven’t worn in quite some time.
And there are still a few pieces I’ve noticed that I’ve held on to even though I knew I didn’t wear them. A dress I bought a few years ago from H&M in London. It was blue, it was velvet and it was tight. I wore it to one wedding two years ago and haven’t worn it since. I’ve kept it for so long because I felt guilty for the money I spent on it, hoping I could find an occasion to wear it again.
I just folded it up with my give away pile today.
I’ve also noticed I’m still transitioning from my college self into my “adult” self. I’ve evolved from oversized, comfortable and eclectic to more put together, refined and cohesive. I’ve been trading in for staple pieces that can be worn with multiple outfits, and aren’t trendy so I can continue to wear them for years to come.
And even though I first cleaned out my closet over a year and a half ago, I still find it hard at times to let go of certain things.
But boy oh boy do I still get this incredible sense of satisfaction from decluttering. It’s addicting if I do say so myself.
Having a capsule wardrobe has given me the perfect opportunity to continuously stay on top of my closet. If you don’t already I encourage you to take a good look at your wardrobe every 3-6 months, and pass along those items you don’t wear.
I promise you’ll feel incredible afterwards.