Have any of you watched Tiny House Nation? I love getting inspiration from them. Last week, I watched Josh and Shelley’s tiny house episode (check them out here) and it made me realize that downsizing is going to be a challenge. (They have a ton of outdoor storage, it’s awesome.) We’re not worried about furniture, appliances or any gear. Our biggest concern is closet space. I’ve looked at several tiny home models hoping I would find one with a nice size closet. The more I’ve looked, the more I realize I can’t keep my existing wardrobe.
Space is very valuable when you’re living in a tiny house, every inch counts. I don’t want to compromise bathroom or living space just to store clothes and shoes. Since living in Ecuador, my current wardrobe has been downsized, both by choice and circumstance. There are no thrift stores in Ecuador. Shopping at Ecuadorian malls is way more expensive than back in the states and the quality is no bueno. Plus, we are trying to live simply and minimally. Makes sense that it should apply to our closets as well, right?
Downsizing is not easy. One afternoon, the hubs and I decided to tackle the inevitable: our closets. A lot of our clothes have worn out, don’t fit anymore, or are no longer our style. We threw away the worn out items and donated the rest to the locals. (It felt great to see how happy it made them, another plus.) Unfortunately, my “keep” pile was still huge! I knew that there were pieces that I haven’t worn in at least 2 years. There were several pieces that had sentimental value or were “what if/one day” items that I just couldn’t let go of. I put them back in my closet and went to bed.
Here’s something you don’t know, I have a thing about cleaning that includes storing unnecessary items. Not quite OCD-ish but if I see it, it will bother/taunt/frighten me until something is done about it. I laid in bed thinking… thinking… and thinking… about the fact that there were extra clothes that I never wear just hanging there with my other clothes. Am I a clothes hoarder?! I couldn’t stand the thought. I quickly got up, took them out and placed them with my donate pile.
I love to shop. I like clothes and shoes. I wouldn’t call myself a shopaholic. I don’t even shop at retail stores; I’m a quality thrifter. As such, I am always looking for that unique special item. The problem is I find them too often.
Sooo, why am I creating a spring capsule wardrobe?
1. Shortly after getting married and breaking up with the mall (more on that here), I decided to build a capsule wardrobe that would sustain me for a year. I did it on a budget of $200, and it was so much fun! The following year we started to plan our move to Ecuador, and part of that included buying additional clothing. Sadly, that’s how my closet grew again.
2. We can’t return to the states with 10 suitcases full of clothes that are old or don’t fit. It doesn’t make sense to pay the extra baggage fees. We also won’t have the space to store them in our tiny house.
3. When I took out all my clothes and really looked at them, I realized that my style was all over the place. Vintage to modern to boho to preppy. I think I’ve gotten confused and allowed the media to mold my closet; I want to only have pieces that I love and are my style.
4. We were not planning on heading back to the states so soon. Since we were not prepared, we have to be more budget conscious. Taking the challenge of a seasonal capsule wardrobe will help our budget.
5. It’s fun! I love the simplicity of having a capsule wardrobe and wearing pieces that I really do like.
Have you ever thought about creating a capsule wardrobe? Have you tried it? Any tips? Let me know, I want to hear them.