For those of you who are new to our virtual home, welcome! One of our goals for this year is to live a more meaningful and minimal life. During the Spring (March – June), we took another step in simplifying our lives. We purged our closets of unnecessary items and pared down each of our sides of the closet to 35 items. That’s right, just 35 items! We called it our spring capsule wardrobe.
If you follow me on Instagram and Pinterest you will have already seen some of my favorite outfits. However, don’t assume it was all happiness and positivity. It was a real challenge to control my urge to shop and not get bored with what, at the time, seemed like a mere 35 items. So, the big question is, how did I make it through this challenge? And why in the world am I still living with a capsule wardrobe?
CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS.
Travel & Weather. We traveled through several countries and climates – the challenge was staying warm and cool enough in every place without getting bored. In England and Switzerland, we had to wear coats and jackets. I originally had only included one jacket in my capsule wardrobe – lets just say I got bored pretty quickly. In my spring capsule wardrobe update, I included a beautiful classic trench coat. It was the best move I ever made! I wore it almost everyday from then on. Unlike my jacket, it went well with everything and even dressed up some of my more casual items for a more chic look. From now on, I plan to include more classics and elegant pieces.
Quality & Care. A couple of my tops and skirts frayed due to lousy sewing and others got ruined in the wash and dryer. Solution – I will never ever ever buy poorly made clothes again and I will follow care instructions to a T.
Shopping Urge. “But I need it!” “It’s so cute!” While traveling, I didn’t really have time to shop and I traveled with a carry-on which meant there was no room for anything new. Once home, I avoided heading to the mall and thrift stores. Instead, I found myself window shopping and using my Stylebook app. Pinterest was helpful too! I gathered ideas to maximize my closet and to step a wee bit out of my comfort zone and mix and match my current items. Sharing our goals with our friends and family kept me on track and motivated me.
Stay Inspired. There were days when I struggled to make a look that I had already worn look new. My go-to was… Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest! I got creative with my hairstyles, nail color and even tried a couple of new make-up looks. Some of these new looks have stayed on and I hope to experiment even more.
Commercialism. Many think that living a minimal lifestyle is excessive. Maybe for some it is – in my case, it’s the perfect balance. Yes, I live with way less than I ever have before but I’m happy. I’m finding joy in the simple things – a bike ride, ice cream and cleaning. It can be hard to keep a simple eye when you live in a world that is constantly pushing out a new trend or gadget. Since my biggest temptation is style, living with a capsule wardrobe has substantially minimized my urge to shop. I am no longer a slave to the latest trend. Yay!
Time, Energy & Money. You save all around. It’s easy to plan my outfits every night/morning – no more “I don’t know what to wear” because it’s all there in front of me – all 35 pieces. I have time to focus my energy on being a better person, wife and friend. I’m also not frivolously spending our money on things we don’t need.
Focus on what matters. My priorities are better aligned and have stayed that way. We make the most of what we have and are learning to be satisfied and happy with it.
What were some of your challenges? And how did you get through them? Let’s keep each other inspired and motivated as we begin our summer capsule wardrobe!