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Capsule wardrobe one year later

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I am a good one year in to our minimalism and capsule wardrobe journey and I have lots to report!

This time last year I walked you step by step on how I created my capsule wardrobe. It went a little something like this:

Step 1 and Step 2 were all about identifying what problems I was having with my wardrobe and the actual purge itself.

My “before” right after we moved into the new house.

Every time I walked into my closet I would have a rush of anxiety. It was packed and I knew for a fact that I wasn’t wearing all of my clothes. The organizer in my went a little bonkers and I felt like I needed a change. I pulled everything out and I tried EVERYTHING on.

Which led me to Step 3 and Step 4 where I defined my style and made my selections. I turned to Pinterest to help me with my style identification.

The inspiration picture I found from Lauren McBride Blog that matched close to my style.

No longer in the corporate world meant that I no longer needed a bunch of dressier clothes.

To help beautify my space, I switched out the plastic hangers to velvet hangers and man have they been a game changer!

The look of progress!

Not only do the velvet hangers take up less space, my clothes actually stayed on!

After it was all said and done I shared my Step 5 and final thoughts after I had created my capsule wardrobe. One tip that I passed on then and I passed on recently, I turned all of my hangers the wrong way. This helped me to easily identify which clothes I had not worn by the time that spring rolled around.

Yes I know my hangers are going the wrong way. Read the capsule wardrobe post to find out why.

And if you remember, I recently updated my master closet for the one room challenge!

Master Closet Makeover Reveal
Plenty of space for all of my clothes and even room to grow!

This is my complete wardrobe for all seasons, so now it’s time to recap how I’ve felt this past year living with a capsule wardrobe!

  1. My impulse shopping stopped… immensely.
    I worked really hard to get my closet to a place where I felt completely comfortable and not stressed, I didn’t want to mess that up. Instead of buying things just because, I shopped with a purpose and intention. (Which in the long run helped save some money.)
  2. Less time getting ready
    I already knew how everything fit because I had already tried everything on. Having less clutter made it easy to find the pieces that I wanted for my outfits. Which also meant I spent less time just standing and staring into my closet.
  3. Storage is not an issue
    If anything I have plenty of room to grow! Especially since I did my closet refresh, my usable space is perfect.
  4. I never felt like I was lacking
    While it may sound crazy to reduce my winter wardrobe down to only 30-40 items, it ended up being a lot more choices. Everything coordinated giving me lots of options to mix and match. At no point did I feel like I had been depriving myself. I also did not care if I had worn something to one event and was going to wear it again to another. I had plenty of accessories to change the looks.

What once made me feel stressed, is now a space I can’t believe is mine.

Overall I would definitely say that this experience has been a positive one. The only negative is that I wish I would have done this sooner. I always knew that I gravitated toward the same clothing over and over so it didn’t make much sense to keep the rest of the clutter in my closet. Now when I walk into my closet I feel a huge sense of peace and I feel like it’s a little space just for me.




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