Way back in January-ish, Thomas and I read a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I’ve referred to it in a few posts, and we are still plowing through our possessions, our spending habits, our gadgets, and now… our clothes…
Now, if you know the two of us, you might be slightly surprised.. “But wait, I thought BOOKS were your pride and joy?!” Yes, you are right. But we have known for a few months now that we want to keep the vast majority of the books we have. We reference the Latin, Greek, and German books frequently. We thoroughly enjoy slowly reading through our History books, and we spend hours reading aloud our fiction works to each other. Our Children’s Literature is a treasure-house for any and all children that come through out house. No, we are not getting rid of books any time soon.
So, clothes. Why clothes? Shouldn’t that be one of the easiest categories to purge? Yes, and no. You see, we both need two separate styles of clothes: work and play clothes. Yes, just like small children have their Church Clothes and their Outside Clothes. Thomas must wear a suit and tie to work every day. In my Jewelry Shows, Court Hearings and Trainings (for foster care), and working at School, I need business casual. But, when you had better believe we do NOT spend our weekends, evenings, or summers in all of that. So, purging clothes is tricky.
Hence, my newest obsession: Capsule Wardrobes!
The goal of a CW is that every piece coordinates comfortably, stylishly, and appropriately with each other, and EVERY SINGLE PIECE has no regrets when wearing it.
So, that button-down shirt that is big, comfy, but slightly stained from all the washings? Those shoes that are super cute and incredibly uncomfortable? Those pants that are growing holes faster than you can patch them? That t-shirt that just always smells OFF? All gone.
At the end, you find only those pieces you love to wear, anywhere, all the time. Now, the difficulty arises if you have purged the vast BULK of your clothes… and now need to replace some items that really are good for a wardrobe.
So I have been on the hunt for some sort of help, aid, picture-guide, step-by-step how-to guru in building a Capsule Wardrobe.
And I think I found it. I won’t post any pictures yet. I’ll wait till I have the pieces I need. But I’m happy with what I see so far. Happy reading a start-up guide here, a picture guide here, and and free downloadable checklist here.