This has been the internal debate in my mind for the last few months and I have to be honest, the more I think about it, the more I think "Eh, it couldn't hurt, right?" I mean really, where is the harm in having less stuff? Less decisions to make. Less laundry to wash, dry and put away. Less clutter and physical things to deal with.
This week, I have been participating in Emily Ley's #RuthlessDeclutterChallenge. Emily is the author of Grace, Not Perfection and A Simplified Life as well as the creator of Simplified Planners. Mom of 3, including twin 3 year olds, this woman has inspired me to do a great deal this week, including minimizing my wardrobe a step further and attempting a capsule wardrobe.
Now, when I say "attempting" what I really mean is putting my heart into so serious research to design the right capsule wardrobe for me and make sure that I'm getting the most out of my clothes without spending a ton of money, because as y'all know, I'm cheap.
I've been following Megan Ericson on Instagram for awhile now, ever since finding the Minimalist Moms Podcast over the summer. Megan is a huge proponent for capsule wardrobes. She shares her's and her adorable outfits regularly and I'm so impressed by how cute she can look and how versatile her clothes actually are. I keep thinking, "Hey, if she can do it, why can't I?"
Right about now is when you're probably asking "ok, but wtf is a 'capsule wardrobe'? Why would you do it and what exactly does it mean?" If you Google "what is a capsule wardrobe" you'll get something like this:
Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called "Wardrobe" in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.
Sounds all well and good in theory. Simple. I love simple. I love fewer choices and I would love to love every item in my closet. Then comes the harder questions: "How? What clothes do you keep? How many items of clothing qualifies as a capsule wardrobe? Does underwear count? Leggings? Active wear? Socks? Shoes? Jackets? Hats? Where's the line? How do you pick clothes that last a whole season or a whole year? Are there clothing options that last a whole year?" The questions go on and on. I've gone down a rabbit hole of research for days on this one topic. Finding the answer to one question inevitably opens up a minimum of 4 more questions and the road goes on forever.
Somewhere along my research journey, I discovered/heard about the 333 Challenge, AKA Project 333. Y'all know I love a good challenge, so this has really peaked my interest. Basically, the idea is to wear only 33 items of clothing for 3 months. One of the steps in beginning this challenge is to not tell people and see if they notice, but clearly I'm not following these directions to a T...
Here are the directions and rules that I am imposing on myself for the next 3 months:
To be completely honest, I'm not sure how this will go. Sitting here now, behind a computer screen, mapping it all out on paper, it seems simple enough. The reality is never as easy as it seems though, is it?
Here's the total:
I'm very excited to start this project! I'll be sure to keep y'all informed as I go, especially on Instagram, so make sure you're following! This is gonna be fun.
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