Toward the end of 2014, my husband read a book and started listening to podcasts regarding minimalism. He started encouraging me to buy less and think more about my purchases. I thought he was crazy because I already feel like we are so frugal and smart about what we buy, but I do admit that I love to shop. And unfortunately, I often shop without intention. I just buy because I like the color, the fit, or the price, but didn’t actually think about how it would fit in my wardrobe or into my daily life. My husband does not shop ever, yet he also happens to have more clothes and shoes than I do.
One day, he decided that he didn’t want anything that he couldn’t hang in his teeny tiny side of the closet, so he got rid of everything! He emptied out his dresser’s three large drawers of clothing, his nightstand’s two drawers of accessories, and all of the shoes he could find lying around the house. It was so inspirational that I was jealous and a little embarrassed that I quickly took on his empty drawer space and added my things to it.
In search of exactly how to support him in his minimalist effort, I stumbled upon the blog Un-Fancy, and it opened my eyes to capsule wardrobes. He had already unintentionally created one for himself, but it was so time-consuming for me to think about how to come up with one for myself that I began researching and thinking and plotting and planning, then what do you know — I found out I was pregnant with our fourth child! Rather than scratch my plans completely, I decided to focus on my daughter’s capsule wardrobe instead.
And for my second installment, find out what we kept, what we purged, and what we stored for My Athletic Tween’s Capsule Wardrobe for Winter 2015!