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9 Steps for Simplifying Life with a Capsule Wardrobe

“I have nothing to wear!” Sound familiar? This is probably the most famous line of any female getting ready. My husband often refers to me as Taz, the Tasmanian Devil from the cartoon Looney Tunes as I get dressed.

As much as I want to be offended by that, because who wants to be referred to as a wild and destructive whirlwind of a monster, I look around at the aftermath and I would have to agree. It does look as if he has been loose in our house. In my defense, it’s all because I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!

Like most girls, I love fashion, but I wouldn’t consider myself FASHIONABLE per say. I rummage through sale racks or buy pieces I like with no idea of what to put it with, I just know I like it. I thought this was how shopping was done. Especially on a budget. Little did I know that is how I always ended up with NOTHING TO WEAR.

After living in a small space, I realized how precious each piece of clothing needs to be to complete a wardrobe. I was the girl who hung on to every clothing item. The excuses of “one day I might wear that”, “it might fit again someday”, “I paid a lot for that”, or the all too embarrassing “that might come back in style” rang through my head more often than I want to admit.

My addiction peaked a few years ago. After years of this behavior and my need to keep purchasing items (because I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR), I created an entire room in my house dedicated as my closet. This room became my Bermuda Triangle. Some clothes were next to impossible to find. Others were not quite so lucky as they sank into the abyss.  This was not the way I wanted to live.

The decision to live in a small space, in our case an RV, became a turning point for me. We downsized from a 4 bedroom 2 bath 1700 square foot home to roughly 300 square feet and that definitely did not leave an extra room to use as my closet. It was time to purge.

I came across the concept of a capsule wardrobe and this idea rocked my world. The idea is to have a set number of neutral staple pieces such as a little black dress, cardigan, leather jacket, or whatever your style may be.

All items in your closet mix and match thus creating multiple outfits with the same limited number of pieces. Genius, right? For instance, if you have 30 clothing items (or whatever number you choose) they can all be coordinated to make multiple outfit combinations. This concept can be done by anyone, small space or not, and is a great way to save time and money of your wardrobe. All it takes is a little bit of planning.

Here are some tips to help downsize your closet and get your capsule wardrobe started!

1. Pick your style –  The direction you want your wardrobe to go is the place to start. Pinterest has tons of great ideas to get you going. As well as a style it helps if you pick colors that coordinate. This way all your pieces flow together.

2. Break clothes down into seasons and look for versatile pieces- I chose to have a summer/winter/fall capsule that can be rotated during the seasons. For me, I omitted spring to have it’s own wardrobe because I chose versatile pieces for the other seasons that I use in this time of year. Obviously this is demographic based and is up to you how you choose to break down your capsule.

For example, while shopping I look for items that can