While most of my thoughts are consumed by what the kids are up to and what we’re having for dinner tomorrow, sometimes, a mama needs to be selfish. I know full well that I don’t have the knowledge to support a “Lifestyle” blog or a “Self-Improvement” blog, but from now on, I’m going to share an occasional positive change that I am going to make just for me.
These positive changes are first and foremost all about me, however, they will effect my family immensely. Because as we all know, a healthy, happy mama is much more willing to share with others.
My first “Mama Improvement Project” is the “capsule wardrobe”.
The idea behind it is to live a more minimalism lifestyle. With our recent move, we got rid of a ton of stuff and we are continuing to do so, (we are NOT having a stressful move next time!), but we still have a lot of junk!
One thing I’m really bad about getting rid of is clothes. I have maternity clothes in my drawers. I have dresses I haven’t worn for over 8 years, (but they’re so cute!). And I have pants that sag or are too tight-either way, they don’t look good!!
The first step for the capsule wardrobe is to take everything out of your closet. As you go through your clothes, only keep things you love. Caroline has it broken down to a number for each type of piece you keep. In the end, you have 37 pieces of clothing in your closet that you love. She suggests 15 tops, 9 pairs of pants, 9 pairs of shoes…
I know a lot of women that are really into shoes. I’m not one of those women, I don’t actually have 9 pairs, so if I feel the need to keep an extra top or two, I will.
Here are all of my clothes on my bed:
This is after the purge with my clothes put away:
I actually got it down to 32 pieces. I’m not counting winter coats or sweaters because they go into storage until winter. As she explains in her post, you also don’t count undergarments, nightwear, or accessories. So, as far as my main clothing pieces go, I have 32 out and ready to wear.
Turns out, I have a LOT of sports tops. As much as I love my home teams, when I go out to buy a few new pieces, I’m going to get a pretty top or two. The rest will be pants or shorts-I don’t have as many options as I would like right now.
To be honest, I had a hard time getting rid of a few select pieces because of sentimental value. After some thought, I realized I will never wear them again, so I finally decided to let them go. I did, however, keep my reception wedding dress-my Little Lady may want to wear it to hers one day…or she may want to play dress-up in it…
Since this is a ‘capsule,’ you can change it up every three months. When the three months is almost up, you start planning for your next capsule. Considering the weather, and things you no longer want to wear, you can shop for some different pieces to replace ones you are willing to get rid of, (or things that need to go into storage, such as heavy winter sweaters). Caroline has the system down, and explains it much better then I can. If you haven’t checked out the post yet, you should!
I’m really glad I decided to do this! Not only did I clear out a ton of stuff that was just sitting there, (I got rid of over half of my wardrobe), but now I get to go shopping! Ha!
Next up I’m going to try talking my husband into doing it too. He has a ton of clothes!
Would you ever consider doing a capsule wardrobe? What type’s of “improvement” things do you do for yourself?