RECENTLY I HIT a point where I was so stressed out at home. Often when this happens I realize that we have accumulated too much stuff and because the house is a train wreck I can’t relax at home. Home is supposed to be a sanctuary of sorts, where you can unwind and decompress. I am learning that if my home is all cluttered, I usually feel that way in every area of my life.
So I listened to a podcast on essentialism, re-opened my old copy of the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and decided to make a change. Essentialism is basically Marie Kondo-ing your life, simplifying things down to the things that are beautiful, give joy, and even pruning good things in your life to pursue and have only the best. After chatting with my BFF Emily (and reading her post on Capsule Wardrobes + Contentment) and then reading the Unfancy blog, I started to become interested in the idea of capsule wardrobes.
What is a capsule wardrobe you ask? A mini, seasonal wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you LOVE. You love everything. And everything fits you right now.
So when my mom took the kids for a night and Sam was working, I spent a whole blissful evening at home going through our entire home and purging. That night I tackled the kids and my wardrobes and made capsule wardrobes, reducing the kids down to 37 items each for this season, and reducing my wardrobe down to 40 items (shirts, bottoms, and shoes). You only have clothes that you love, that fit you now, and that are meant for the season you are in available. The beauty of this is that it saves you SO much time… time getting ready in the morning, time shopping (because you don’t do any shopping until two weeks before the next capsule begins!) It’s seriously brilliant. If you want to learn more head to unfancy.com to read about how her capsule wardrobe ideas! Also, my girlfriend Lexie (@lexiesfitlife) is trying out capsule wardrobes for the first time after being a self-proclaimed shopaholic so you can head to her blog here to check out her adventures with capsuling!
Now, what about if you aren't done having kids? How can you make a capsule then. While I was sorting through my clothes I actually made a pregnancy capsule. A full wardrobe of maternity clothes and nursing clothes, made of pieces I loved wearing. I got rid of some items, ones that I didn't feel good in, or ones that I didn't love or that had seen better days, knowing that I will need a few items when the next baby decides to come.
Regularly getting rid of excess things in my life frees me up to love my family better, and to spend time doing things I care about most. So here’s to freeing up space, everywhere!
My favourite store to build a Capsule Wardrobe from is Madewell, which is basically made up of incredible basics that pair really well together. I'll share my fall capsule next week! These are some of the pieces I am currently eyeing: