I've always admired those who could live by the 'less is more' mantra. I'd like to think that about myself, but when we were packing up our 3 bedroom townhouse to move in with my parents before baby Seth was born, I realised we had held onto junk for longer than I'd like to admit. It made me so angry that our house took SOOO FRACKN LONG to pack up because of the rubbish which seemed to accumulate in wardrobes, cupboards, shelves, storage tubs...literally any available space. I was packing stuff up in boxes up until 4 days before giving birth! After that, I swore when we moved into our new apartment, we were going to adopt the minimalist philosophy.
I was determined! So inspired by the capsule wardrobes on Pinterest, I thought the best place to start was my clothes. Our current living situation has (fortunately) restricted me in the apparel department anyway, so I somewhat of a had a head start.
I realised how ruthless I had to be. I used a capsule wardrobe planner from Un-fancy (a really useful tool to help you build and maintain a capsule wardrobe which aligns to your style and personality) as my starting point. There are so many benefits which I had thought of until I actually went through the whole process, but the 2 major ones for me were:
1. Time taken in choosing outfits decreased dramatically!! This was a major benefit for me. When you're looking after a baby while trying to have a social life, you need to have confidence that the first pieces of clothing you pick from your wardrobe, at the very least, match! One of features behind the capsule wardrobe is that all your clothes belong to the same colour palette, so whatever you choose the idea is that it SHOULD go. I actually tested this out.. AND IT WORKS! I was amazed to say the least.
2. You save money!! Another major benefit, although, this one required a bit of will power (or if you're lacking in that department, someone to keep you accountable.) The idea behind this is that you should only purchase anything new if you need to at the beginning of each season, thus avoiding the impulse buying trap you find yourself falling into all the time.
I found the whole process very cathartic and I realised that once I was able to get rid of the first few items, the rest wasn't so hard. I should mention that this doesn't include gym gear and formal wear, which wasn't an issue for me anyway, but DOES INCLUDE shoes and bags!!
Below, is the items of clothes I ended up with. There have been a few additions since the pic was taken (a few more white t-shirts, a long sleeve collar white button up shirt, a black oversized sweater and a trench coat), but essentially it's still the same.
I'm so proud of myself and hope that this journey to living with less continues.