A couple weeks ago, our Marketing Assistant Cara starting tell everyone in the office about how she was able to cut down her entire wardrobe to fit in the space of just one of our Wardrobe Boxes. Cara has been working to simplify her life and remove non-necessities, including a huge closet stuffed full of clothes! When she decided to take the leap and make her own “Clothing Capsule,” we asked her to write a blog about her experience. We hope she inspires you!
I recently watched a documentary called The Minimalists, by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. In the film, Josh and Ryan are just average employees working in corporate America, and they decide to really examine their lives and adopt the minimalist lifestyle to find true happiness in their lives. As I pondered more and more about this topic, it drove me to really examine my lifestyle and how I am utilizing my resources. One thing I have an abundance of is clothes. I love shopping for new clothes and wearing new clothes. But this documentary drove me to try the wardrobe capsule project to help me think about how we can really embrace what we have and be content in knowing it’s enough.
The wardrobe capsule project is rooted in the movement of minimalism. It’s a project where you pick out 30 pieces of clothing, including shirts, dresses, pants, skirts, or shoes. Your total of 30 clothing articles are worn interchangeably for 30 days, and you really have to use all of your creative juices to utilize what you have. Ultimately, you realize what you have is enough.
The capsule really shifted my mindset on how I usually think about selecting clothes to wear. I typically dread getting dressed in the morning since I never know what to wear. With the limited choices I had, I realized it was easier and faster to make a choice for selecting an outfit. I really enjoyed the different combinations I was able to come up with. Here are some of my top tips for making your own wardrobe capsule:
- Make a capsule for each season of the year you experience. In Nashville, we mainly have Summer, Fall, and Winter weather. Spring feels very similar to the summer here.
- Use layers! Cardigans and sweaters can help mix it up.
- I picked out a lot of neutral pieces, especially the cardigans and outer layers so they would be able to mix and match.
- I was able to mix and match a colorful top with a neutral cardigan or a colorful cardigan with a patterned top, which created all kind of variations.
The wardrobe capsule is a really interesting project to try out if you’re even slightly curious about the minimalist lifestyle. This project will no doubt make you more conscious about the choices you make in life, and also helps you de-clutter your life. Minimalism can be helpful if you travel a lot for work, have a small apartment, or just want to experience a new mindset about life.
Jumping into this challenge was a particularly hard for me, since I loved new clothes and shopping so much. I learned to really embrace what I have in my closet and think outside the box to be creative with what I do have. I learned life is not about having the new best thing–it’s about how we use what we already have to its full potential. The minimalist lifestyle can give you more time and resources to devote and chase after what you truly enjoy in life.
Are you ready to adopt minimalism? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for help deciding which charity to donate your belongings to, and to schedule a pick-up for the donation delivery! We would also love to help you with your downsizing move!