Is that a thing? Not sure. Let’s make it one, okay? See explanation below.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon the life-changing, mind-blowing concept that is the “capsule wardrobe”. Haven’t heard of it? Google it, and then prepare to spend an unmentionable number of hours researching and trying to work up the courage to try it for yourself.
Basically, it’s a simple idea of paring down your wardrobe into 4 seasonal capsules, with each capsule containing a set number of pieces, usually 30-40. These pieces, in turn, all coordinate and keep you looking put together and polished because, with so few pieces, you can’t even consider keeping that so-so skirt when you know you’ll never wear it.
In a nutshell, when you have a capsule wardrobe, you love everything in your closet, and it all loves you right back. You will always look great, because you don’t have anything left in your closet that just looks okay. I feel like I’m becoming an evangelist for the capsule wardrobe here, and if you’ve had a conversation with me in the past two weeks, I know you’ve
endured listened with rapt attention to my sermon.
This sounds easy. It is not. I sent an SOS text to my capsule wardrobe partner-in-crime (please do this with a friend), Emily, last week that went something like this…
“Help. I am lost in my closet and can’t find my way out. Does this look good on me? Do I love it? I DON’T EVEN KNOW ANY MORE!”. To which she replied, “I don’t have anything left in my closet. Nothing to wear. I blame you.”. Oh, she should, she really should.
The donation guy at Goodwill and I are now on a first name basis. I hear rumors that I may get a plaque with my name on it for “most donations in a given week”. Bonus, if I have giver’s remorse (not sure if that’s a thing, either), I can just drive back to Goodwill and buy my old clothes.
At the end of the day, truthfully, this is so much less about fashion for me. It’s all about simplifying, streamlining, and reserving my time and energy for the many more significant parts of my life. Of course I want to look fabulous and put together, but I don’t want it to be a daily time zap. I want to capsulize it, so that I can give my time, mental energy, affections, and attention to other goals and priorities.
Am I there? Not quite. It’s a process. However, simply by becoming more intentional, I feel like I’m taking a giant step in the right direction.
A capsule is created to hold things, it’s a finite space, and it provides parameters and boundaries. If something doesn’t fit inside the capsule, it just doesn’t fit. It has to be given up, or moved somewhere else where it can fit and make more sense.
What is it in your life that could use a little simplifying or streamlining? Capsulize it. What, or who (gasp!) serves as a daily time zap for your precious mental energy? Capsulize it. What demands a few boundaries or parameters to keep in check? Capsulize it, friend.
P. S. I’ve updated a few previous posts with pictures, so make sure to scroll back through to see them!