Capsule Wardrobe Attempt Number 2

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Nov 6th
I did it. I took everything out of my closet and piled it on my bed.

If that’s not a wake-up call regarding how much I own, then I don’t know what is. The leaning tower of clothes left me dumbfounded. After a bit of research I finally had a game plan. I went with a rip the band-aid off method and sorted them into three categories, the be gone pile, the people compliment me when I wear you pile and the final pile I call I have no idea because mother nature is still in summer mode despite it being November pile. This was not a time for over thinking and feelings about my garments.

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I grabbed a hanger and tossed it into a pile with no second thoughts. I started this process around 6:45 in hopes that actually wanting to sleep in my bed  would motivate me to get this done. I took to my clothes pile with reckless abandon like a scorned girlfriend with a baseball bat. I regret not buying wine for this moment of recklessness. I was really wishing I had a glass while I admired the graveyard of hangers on my floor.
My only big issue was the whole temperature debacle we’re experiencing down south. I hesitate to put up some warmer weather clothes so I kept a few out and put my actual cold weather clothes on the other side of my closet. I consulted the weather Gods of Atlanta and they claim we will be in the 60’s-70s through the month. My super cute winter sweater I bought at the Banana Republic in July will have to sit unworn for a few more weeks and I’m a little sad about it.

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I sorted my summer clothes with ease. I knew what fits and what I didn’t wear. The winter wardrobe hasn’t been assessed in this manner yet so a few rogue pieces are still in the closet awaiting final judgement. I plan on assessing the winter wear in December with what I’m actually wearing. Oh and when it’s actually cold.

Here’s a breakdown of what I kept:
Long sleeve dresses: 2
Long maxi skirts, also known as yoga pants of the workplace: 3
Pants: 4
Sweaters/Camis/Jacket: 8- I wear one just about every day so I plan on evaluating this category
T-shirts/Light Sweaters: 13
Summer sleeveless stilling making an appearance: 4
This gives me 7 bottoms, 17 tops, 8 layering options and 2 dresses.

Total amount: 34

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With my winter clothes waiting to make an appearance I will be closer to 40 articles. I felt this was a good starting point numbers wise. Most of the research I have conducted gave a number in the 30s. Some true capsule wardrobe champions had a smaller number. If you find yourself needing a clothes hanger or 53, I will be glad give you mine.

Overall the process was less frustrating and traumatic that I expected, but I didn’t give myself much time to sit and think about my clothes giving me feelings like that one organization lady says to do in her book.

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Not sure you want to go all in on a capsule wardrobe? Start small and get rid of 5 items today.

2 Responses

  1. Jeff
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    Girls tend to overthink almost everything. I’m glad you “just did it”. Good for you.

  2. Megan Ramsey
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    I’ll take anything you don’t want. Haha! J/K I should probably go through my closet too…

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