3.17.2015

Creating my Spring wardrobe Part 1: the big clean-up

You know the feeling when you dump everything out of you purse, shake it out and put everything back in again, but this time neatly organized and minus all the gum wrappers and loose change? If you are the kind of person who, like me, this gives a little thrill to, then putting together a capsule wardrobe will be right up your alley. 

However, if you are NOT that kind of person, don't despair, it can still be a lot of fun! My favorite part of putting together my new wardrobe each season is shopping my closet. I get to pull out all of that stuff that I put away last fall or winter. There's always cute pieces that I've forgotten about. 

In fact, this year since I have successfully pared my wardrobe down to only things that I absolutely love, I created my entire spring capsule wardrobe without buying a single thing. 

Of course, I am going to buy a new skirt and a new pair of kicks, but I don't HAVE to, you know?

So I'm going to break down my process for you. This is not the prettiest post, true, but I'm hoping it will be helpful! By the way, I'm going into this assuming that you have already done the work of planning your style, and color scheme. If you haven't, take some time to do that. Either with Pinterest boards or a planner like this one . Just a word of warning, if you haven't done a little thinking about what you'd like your wardrobe to look like, this process will be a lot harder.

OK - here we go!

Step 1: do laundry
Ha ha, yep - you have to do this first. Why? Because you don't want to go through the whole process of picking your top 6 perfect shirts and then find out there's two in the dirty laundry that you want to include too!


Here's my little pile of laundry! One of the benefits of a capsule wardrobe, not much laundry :)

Step 2: pull out clothes from storage
I'll admit, I've been looking forward to this for weeks. I just love going through all my warm weather clothes and seeing all the fun stuff in there! I have three bins, one for sweaters, one for winter and fall clothes, and one for summer and spring. (Winter just takes up more space). 

By they way, if you don't have clothes in storage yet, you'll want to do this. It makes the purging process so much easier. There's always a few things that I don't want to part with, but I also don't want in my wardrobe at that moment. Putting them in storage helps with keeping things clean.



Step 3: go through stored clothes and pick out all the 'maybes' for this upcoming season
At this point, you are not necessarily picking each piece for your wardrobe. This is my pile for the spring capsule, but probably only about 2/3 of it made it in. Some I tried on and decided to sell, some went back into storage for my summer capsule.



Step 4: Go through your current capsule and put away anything that you are done with.  
You now have to pull everything out of your closet and drawers. If you already have a capusle, that's only about 37-40 pieces so it's actually not that bad. If it's out of season but you still like it, put it in storage. Most of my winter capsule fell into this category. A few things I kept for my spring capsule, and there was maybe two or three things that I decided to get rid of. If it's too worn to keep, or you are just tired of it, give it away. The Goodwill will take clothes in any state, if they can't sell them, they will turn them into rags. Don't throw them in the landfill!! 

Also, lots of folks are doing clothing swaps this time of year. They can be a fun way to get rid of clothes, just beware of coming home with as much stuff as you left with!

Here's my bag of clothes going to the thrift store - I sold them for $35! not too shabby



Step 5: Create Your Capsule!
This is an overhead shot of my bed. I've laid everything out according to category; sweaters, pants, long-sleeved shirts, short-sleeved shirts, button-down shirts, dresses, and skirts. Then I sat down and decided how many of each category I wanted to have.

This is a pretty personal process. For example, I only have two skirts but 9 pairs of pants, you might be the opposite. Or maybe you are just a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal. Or you want to have 20 dresses. Whatever floats your boat. 
I just find that having a number before I start really helps me to stay focused.




As usual, the kitty is very helpful. 



At this point, it was really just a matter of shaving off a few items that I wasn't completely crazy about and only keeping the ones that I truly love.

This is also where having a really solid idea about your color scheme and style can be a big help! Some restrictions are nice when you are having trouble making a decision.

So that was my morning yesterday! All together it took me maybe three hours, but I was having a great time, listening to music, browsing Pinterest for inspiration and I took a break for lunch.

Have fun with it!

For Part 2, I'll show you my wardrobe and talk more about how I decided on the number of items for each category.





1 comment:

Angella Frasier said...

Organizing the wardrobe is one of the most time consuming tasks that we have to do once in a while, but it can be fun too, specially because we get to see some of our old clothes that we no longer wear or even remember. The steps you shared will really come in handy to those who are planning to have a change on their wardrobe. Thank you so much, Amanda! :)

Angella Frasier @ 4-Wardrobe

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