Day Eighteen: 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge – Capsule Wardrobes

It is day eighteen of the 40 Bags in 40 Days decluttering challenge. How much have you been accomplishing this weekend?

I just got back from traveling for the last week.  One of the things that always strikes me as I review how much I over pack is how little we really need on a weekly basis.  It is good to get away and get some perspective on how much you have.

Let’s talk about clothing.  Think about how few clothes you really need for a week trip, especially if you have a washer/dryer at your disposal.  The 80/20 rule applies to most things in our life.  With clothing I definitely find it to be true.  We really only wear about 20 percent of what is in our wardrobe.

When I pack for a trip I tend to take all of my favorite clothes.  Despite underestimating what might be needed for the weather that occurs that week, I find it so much easier to get dressed every day.  Fewer choices, well thought out pieces that are versatile and only having what is necessary for the season all make travel wardrobes so much easier.  I dream of what it would feel like if my closet felt like that every day.

You may or may not have heard of the idea of a capsule wardrobe.  This clothing trend can be found all over Pinterest. There are many examples of how people build these wardrobes. For those of you who have not heard of it, 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 be supplemented with seasonal pieces.  Simply put, it is all the basics you need to have a functional and classic wardrobe.  Your closet is probably full of these items.  With accessories and creativity you can make many outfits out of a few items.

The goal of a capsule wardrobe is to pair down your wardrobe for the season to between 30-50 pieces.  While I am still no any where near that in my own closet, I love the minimalist idea of it.  What if your closet could be that simple?  How much easier would it be?  How much money would you save?

I am inspired to donate clothing before I get ready to switch over to my Spring/Summer wardrobe!  Have any of you tackled clothing yet?

Happy Organizing,


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