I recently purchased a pair of jeans from ThredUp and a purse and blouse from Threadflip. Both are like online consignment stores, selling brands like J. Crew, Zara, Madewell, Michael Kors, and Topshop. I’m so glad that I found them to help me … Continue reading
Lately I’ve been looking at the stuff around me and wondering why we have so much of it. I think the capsule wardrobe has changed my world view. I’ve decluttered and purged before, but I changed my mindset while creating my capsule wardrobe.
From What can I get rid of? to What do I need?…
I believe there’s a huge difference. I’ve cleaned out my closet before, but it still left me with a full closet. I’ve kept items that I never wear, but I needed to keep them “just in case”. Like the world will never make another shirt like that NEVER AGAIN!
Once I changed the project from decluttering to minimizing, it changed everything.
I haven’t missed any of my old clothes and feel more confident about what I’m wearing now. Several people have asked if I will continue to do the capsule wardrobe. The answer is yes! I see this as a lifestyle change, not a trend. Just like when I quit drinking diet coke. I learned that I didn’t need it anymore and my life was better without it.
So now I want to take this concept throughout my entire house. It won’t happen overnight and might be difficult. However, I’m learning more about what I really need and how many things that I’ve been holding onto “just in case”.
*also this blog is a mixture of different things. Makeup, motherhood, failed cooking, essential oils and just a good mix of things that I’m learning about everyday. The name “The Cluttered Life” represents all of the thoughts and ideas in my head that I want to write about. In case anyone was wondering why I’m talking about minimalist lifestyle and my blog is called The Cluttered Life*
It’s only April, but I’m already declaring 2015 the year of purge. I’ve been on the war path, purging everything in the house. I did a clothes purge, but still had too many clothes. Most of them don’t fit and are old or stained. The other day my friend posted a blog post about building a capsule wardrobe. I heard about this 3 years ago, but I was in between pregnancies so it wasn’t the right time. Now seemed like the perfect time, so I tackled it while the little ones played (buying a slide for the playroom was my best idea ever!).
It’s a little overwhelming at first, but Unfancy has some great guidelines and tips. First, I took all of the clothes out of my closet and organized them into four groups:
- Love it – items I wear all of the time, fit, and that I feel comfortable wearing
- Maybe– items that I’m not really ready to get rid of, but I don’t wear them a lot
- No– items that are damaged, stained, too big, too small, why the hell did I buy this, etc
- Seasonal– the easiest pile-items that are for a different season
I tried to organized these piles quickly and tried not think about it too much. It’s amazing how many damaged or stained shirts I have kept.
Why am I keeping 3 $5 stained Old Navy shirts?!
Then, I packed up all of my seasonal and maybe items because I had plenty of love it items. I also bagged up 3 garbage bags worth of no items. The great thing about this project is that I’ll change my capsule wardrobe every 3 months. So if an item didn’t make it this round, I can always include it in the next round. If I don’t use those items by the end of the season, then it’s time to get rid of them.
Then, I started going through the love it pile and tried to pick out the items that I love the most and are the most versatile. I have seen several different rules about how many items you should have in your capsule wardrobe. I decided to go with Unfancy’s rules, but I adjusted them a little bit. Unfancy suggest 37 pieces which include 15 shirts, 9 pants, 9 shoes, 2 dresses, and 2 jackets/coats. I wear more dresses in the Spring/Summer, so I decided to do 5 pants and 6 dresses. Dresses can always doubled as skirts too! You don’t have to include hats, scarves, jewelry, purses, workout clothes, pajamas, and lounge wear in your 37 items. I also didn’t include my rain boots or running shoes because I consider them a necessity, but not part of my wardrobe.
I’m excited to build a nice and cluttered-free closet! As a SAHM, I have felt like I only deserve the $5 stained Old Navy shirts. However, I’m learning that building this capsule wardrobe can build confident and style. I usually buy cheap clothes that don’t last long. I would rather go for quality, not quantity now. This doesn’t mean that I won’t shop at H&M or Forever 21 anymore. However, I feel like I can buy nicer clothes because my closet is very minimum. I’ll probably even save money!
Again quality over quantity…
So that’s it for now! I feel very happy with the progress that I’ve made so far. I do need to buy a few staple items before I reveal my capsule wardrobe. I know it sounds overwhelming, but I feel so much better about my closet and myself!
I’ll be back next week with an after picture and what’s in my capsule wardrobe!
I love recipes that you can prep in advance. I found this recipe on Real Mom’s Kitchen. This one is probably my favorite because it’s healthy, easy to prepare, and my family loves it!
Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas
- 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 large bell pepper, seeded and sliced
- 12 tortillas
- Toppings such as cheese, guacamole, sour cream, etc
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken strips in a greased 13×9 baking dish
- In a small bowl combine the oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, and salt
- Drizzle the spice mixture over the chicken and stir to coat
- Add the tomatoes, peppers, and onions to the dish and stir to combine
- Baked uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender. Serve on tortillas with toppings
I love the Timehop app! It’s so fun to look back on old pictures and post. However, it is difficult for me to look at timehop this time of year. 3 years ago, I was announcing my 3rd pregnancy. We posted this funny picture 3 years ago today.
Every year it’s hard to look at this picture because I never met this baby. I lost this baby at 14 weeks. Every year I think about deleting this picture, the ultrasound picture that will post in a few weeks, and the many posts where I complain about how tired or sick I was during this pregnancy. I think about just deleting the app during this time, so I don’t have to relive the pain.
But this year I have decided to embrace it. These are the only memories that I have of my 3rd baby, Ansley. This year I actually laughed when I looked at this picture. Every year the pain is less and less. I haven’t gotten over it or moved on or forgotten about this pregnancy and baby. I’m just learning to embrace it and look back on the few memories that I have from this pregnancy. This doesn’t mean that I won’t cry over the next month as I see these memories (or cry as I’m typing this).
I have learned that this is my story. I’m not sure if I’ll ever fully understand why I had to go through this, but every year I grow a little more.
I’m grateful for a memories I have of my baby. This announcement picture, an ultrasound picture, my necklace with the baby’s name (along with my other babies), and my tattoo. I also remember that one day I will meet and hold my sweet baby.
Today I choose to embrace my story.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share a quick Valentine’s Day craft. It’s super easy and cheap!
What You Need:
-Silicone Heart Mold (available at Target, Walmart, or Hobby Lobby)
-Treat bags (Target One Spot has some cute ones) or Valentine’s Card
-Preheat oven to 250F
-Remove paper and break the crayons to fit into the heart molds. Kids love to help with this step!
-Fill the molds with crayons and melt in the oven for 15 minutes.
-Allow the crayons to cool completely before removing.
-Put them in a cute treat bag or on a card and you’re done!
Easy and a great alternative to just cards or candy. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. I lost my third baby at 14 weeks 2 1/2 years ago. After two extremely healthy pregnancies, I lost a baby. I still don’t understand the reasons why and probably never will. I know that God has held my hand through this long healing process. I know that my friends and family took care of me in a huge way after my miscarriage. I know that I am 100% grateful for my “rainbow baby” who arrived almost one year after I lost Ansley.
If you have suffered this lost, know you are not alone. Today is a day to remember our babies. Whether the loss was at 8 weeks or 8 months. We all grieve differently and there’s no right and wrong way to grieve. Take your time, surround yourself with a great community of people, and try to find a way to remember your baby. For me, it helped to name the baby. The pain will never completely go away for me. However, as I look back on journal entries from 1 or 2 years ago, I can see how God has brought me through it. And I know one day I’ll get to hold my baby Ansley.