Good morning, afternoon, night, whenever you decide to read my blog post.. How you doing? I’ve been seriously letting the procrastination monster take over my body this summer (and spring and winter, notice a trend?).
I think the downfall of my blogging process fell a-freaking apart when the temperature rose. Nothing like a hundred degrees and the humidity level set to Hell, to destroy any living eff cells that I had left in my body. The heat and rent is too damn high, y’all.
But I’m back at again and hopefully I’ll will start writing more consistently everyday. Sometimes you have hit the reset button and start over again ( and again and again).
I wanted to start blogging and posting outfits as soon possible but I felt like God was telling me to purge clothes in my closet first and start fresh (hey, don’t judge we talk about things like that).
My closet was at max capacity! Even for me, my closet struggle stays real. I hate throwing clothes away. Even as semi-proffesional organizer, I still research ways to update my organization methods and declutter my own closet.
I logged on to Pinterest (the database) and I came across a concept called a capsule wardrobe. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers rave about it but I hadn’t delved that deep into it until now.
I started pinning and pinning and pinning different capsule methods (and then I started pinning cinnamon roll recipes, idk) until I got a new idea of what to do with my clothes. After the ADD hamster in my brain stopped churning I discovered that trimming down your wardrobe down to 33 items or less might be the greatest (scariest) idea ever.
According to Wikipedia, “A capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s.”
“According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.”
At first I thought, how the hello could can I do this method! love all of my clothes sooooooooo much. I can’t just throw things away!! This can’t be life! I need ALL of them. Come through baby steps!
Then I came across another article from the New York Times, discussing a famous Japanese organizer, Marie Kondo and her unique and clever way of getting rid of the stuff.
Based on her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” Kondo recommends only keeping things that only “spark joy”. This lady means business! Followers of her method are getting rid of tons of stuff by the masses.
Most closet organizers at the basic level utilize some of her tactics. But the kondo method is a lot more serious and takes discipline to get rid of everything in your home. If you want to learn more about the “”KonMari” method click here..
I, however, am super lazy and not that discipline. I didn’t feel like reading whole a book (yet, but I will) or watching a million You Tube videos on the subject, let alone get rid of all of my stuff in my house!! I needed to get started fast, so here’s my lazy version of tidying up for your closet!
Two simple things:
1: TRY ON ALL YOUR CLOTHES!
(especially those you haven’t worn in awhile)
By trying on all of my clothes, I discovered the love I have for them was not mutual (some of my pants yelled hell nawl). It was eye opening but well worth it. Many of my clothes didn’t fit or were just the wrong shape for my body. ALOT of it was just nonsensical (the musical).
Club dresses? At 31? With two toddlers? For what clubs? Girl bye. I gathered these items and tossed them into Walmart Bagville!
2: Then, designate THREE areas for your clothes in your room and seperate them into these categories.
*Sell/Give away (ex. Bed)
*Keep (ex.leave hanging)
*Store (ex. Empty Tupperware box)
As I tried on clothes, I threw items into the designated piles as I went along thus hitting two birds with one stone. When I was finished, I just gathered them into bags or rehung them my closet.
The clothes that were in good shape I threw in my sale pile. I love selling clothes through consignment. I use the money from my old clothes to update my wardrobe, stay current and on trend.
The storage the pile consisted of out of season items like sweaters. Why did I have flannel shirts out in the first place? I do not know! I place these inside a Tupperware box. We don’t have enough storage in our bedroom, so I put my jeans and other pants I wear now on top old of the sweaters. Voila. A second dresser.
This freed up so much space in my closet. I realized I had so many things that didn’t “spark joy”. Just wasting space and time. Later on this week, I will start my capsule wardrobe method of this post (or part deux) so stay tune.
I hope you guys will give these methods a try! Fall is coming so it’s a great time to make room for boots and sweaters (and pumpkin spice lattes, corny I know).
If want to clean up the clutter and you’re just too tired to even try this lazy method, consider hiring a closet organizer to help you. I think I know of one. Wink wink. Cough cough.