{Living intentionally} Capsule wardrobes – part 1

I promised when I wrote this post as part of 31 days of Enough Time that I’d write some more about capsule wardrobes.

I read about these capsule wardrobes on some blogs and I’m totally intrigued.

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The idea as I understand it is that you choose about 40 items, and wear just those things for a season. The exact capsule changes a little from blogger to blogger but a fair number of people include hats, handbags, accessories and shoes into their 40 items.

I really love the idea of simplifying until you love everything in your wardrobe…. and there’s no thinking needed because everything suits you, everything complements the other items.

It talks to my inner minimalist 🙂

What about you? Does this sound like something you could do, or does it feel like a crazy idea?

What I see online is that some people take the boxed-up clothes that they didn’t wear and donate it. That’s a nice way of seeing whether you actually miss wearing something you’re not sure about.

I’ve spoken a lot over the years about how you only wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. This concept speaks to that 20%.

Capsule wardrobes |www.OrganisingQueen.com
I’ve been doing some decluttering of my wardrobe for years. Every year I get better.

I even did this over the past couple of months – every time I wore something that irritated me, out it went. If I wore the red one, and I had a pink and green one too, then out they went too (I used to buy a variety of colours if I really likes a particular style!).

The last two times I went through my wardrobe I decluttered 21 items just like that. It’s completely doable.

I don’t have a large wardrobe by a lot of women’s standards (especially with work clothes) but the truth is I probably have more than 33 items, just in accessories (scarves and handbags) these days.

Here’s a before picture I found from April:

Capsule wardrobes |www.OrganisingQueen.com

Confession – I counted and got very despondent because I had about 64 items of work clothes (I counted suits as two items – pants and jacket) and 67 items of casual clothes including gym clothes but before I even got to my t-shirts (and there were plenty) so I stopped counting!

Have you done a capsule wardrobe before?

Would you do one?

Next week – I’ll share some of my thoughts as I went through the process (I’m still going through the process now)…

PS Organising clothes is one of the bonus sections of the organise your home e-course

PPS did you get the Christmas planner last week? When you join the list, you’ll get it together with your welcome pack.

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  1. My saving grace is that my work clothes are mostly rather casual so I do not have much of the suits type clothes in any event. I a busy with my own little clean out this year – will write about it.
    cat@jugglingact recently posted..This that and Blogvember

    • Marcia Francois says

      It’s so convenient for you that your clothes cross over easily from work to casual 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more about your clean-out!

  2. I couldn’t do that. I know I tend to wear the same stuff over and over but only 40 items? Um no. I am very good though about getting rid of stuff I don’t wear when I clean out my cupboards.
    Sam recently posted..Baby vs Toddler Balancing Act

    • Marcia Francois says

      You could do a modified version? A lot of the blogger ladies exclude the accessories which makes is a bit more reasonable.

  3. I ABSOLUTELY could do this – I end up wearing my favourites over and over so it’s definitely something that I won’t struggle with. Honestly? I probably have about 40 items because I don’t buy something unless I REALLY need or TRULY DESIRE IT WITH ALL MY HEART.
    I have been wanting to do it but I just haven’t been able to make time for it yet. Will do soon.

    • Marcia Francois says

      I noticed that with me too – in fact, I was looking through photos to use for the next post and I found two sets of “outfits” that I wear a lot to ilustrate 🙂

      Mandy commented on Facebook that she stopped when she got to 30 and saw she was nowhere near finished counting 🙂

  4. Ok, I finally got around to catching up on reading….and I laughed out loud at one comment above, very honestly, no way can do this 😉 I like the idea of this. I don’t think I have enough clothes =) So this will be my excuse to hubby?! What I like is organizing the clothes to be ready to go. I love the idea of having accessories ready with it as well. I tend to wear the same outfit way too much. And this will weed out clothing that I keep but really don’t like whether style or how it fits or whatever. I am off next week and plan on adding organizing closet.

    • Marcia Francois says

      LOL I loved that comment too! I think the point is do what makes you happy and what feels easy. There is never any one size fits all (no pun intended) solution 🙂


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