thinking about a capsule wardrobe

Not wanting to sound to cliché but a new year is always a good time to have a clear out.

Once the Christmas decorations have been packed away (sob) I always find myself having a purge of other belongings while getting the house back to order.

The life changing magic of tidying by Marie Kondo has been growing in popularity and having read a few reviews sounds right up my street which I think partly comes from the first house I owned which didn’t have much storage so I had to be streamlined out of practicality which then slowly became a choice.

Given half the chance, I would happily do the same for other people and have been known to sit my sister down and clear her wardrobe out for her which is possibly fairly traumatic for her and fun day out for me.

I just love tidying and sorting!

storage jars

Since October I’ve been working with a capsule wardrobe after being inspired by this blog post from Vivianna Does Make Up (and her subsequent follow-up posts)

The idea appealed to me as we’re still without wardrobes following the loft conversion. I say that we’re without when what we do have are a couple of ikea hanging rails which do the job perfectly well but not ideal for items you tend to fold like t shirts. (and if you’ve read Marie Kondos book then you may be wanting to fold everything right?)

In her post, Anna explains that she got the inspo from the blog Unfancy which is all about how to create a capsule wardrobe. The lovely Caroline goes as far as providing a wardrobe planner.

This blog post sums everything up really well rather than me try all over again but in short the idea is that you have 37 items in your wardrobe and review it every three months.

In each three-month period you don’t shop for new things. Instead you figure out what you’re missing for the next three-month ‘season’  and can buy for that if necessary.

credit: google images
credit: google images

I thought I would find it really difficult not shopping for clothes in a three moth period but then I realised that I don’t actually remember the last time I brought new clothes anyway.

So far it’s been working out great and I haven’t yet got the point where I feel like I’ve worn the same thing everyday for the past few weeks. Officially I should have now moved onto my next season (Jan-March) but as the weather is still as gross as it was in the previous one I haven’t changed anything.

I also realise that this is because I don’t have any other clothes that I could add other than those more suited to spring/summer.

In my next post I’ll show you what 37 pieces I have in my current capsule wardrobe.

Until then….happy sorting.

things for the loft




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