After getting rid of so much stuff in the last week, I have been thinking a lot about simplifying and minimalism. Going through our closets, office/guest room and kitchen inspired me to go through my closet. I am one to go through my closet frequently but I am never that aggressive about it. I usually get rid of a few things that are worn out or I really don't like anymore. This time was different. This time when I went through my closet I had a different mindset. I had my eyes set on truly simplifying and paring down and I realized that I had many items that either:
a.) Never fit well
b.) I never really liked
c.) I haven't worn for years
I even found a dress that I wore to a dance in tenth grade...and haven't worn since. It really got me thinking about how much more something costs you than its initial monetary cost. Sure, a semi-cute shirt may cost only seven dollars but it costs much more when you have to find space for it, launder it, try to make it work with your wardrobe, take time to clean out your closet and then eventually take the time to get rid of it and donate it.
Now I am thinking about how important it is to take the time to only purchase things that:
a.) Fill a gap in my wardrobe
b.) Match my wardrobe
c.) Fit well
d.) Are high-quality and will last
All this thinking about simplifying my wardrobe has me considering a capsule wardrobe. I am fascinated by the idea and feel inspired every time I read about capsule wardrobes. I pretty much wear the same five sweaters, three pairs of pants and four dresses all the time anyway. My one big concern is that the seasons where I live in Park City, Utah tend to span many, many degrees and that the next season, spring, could range from about 10 degrees to 70 degrees. That's hard to dress and prepare for in general, much less with a limited number of clothing items. I think I may be up to the challenge though.
What do you guys think? Have you done a capsule wardrobe? Considered it?