When I created my capsule wardrobe, I started by decluttering my closet and removing everything I hadn’t worn in the past 6 months. I didn’t actually realize I was going for a capsule wardrobe at the time, but it ended up that way. Then I further refined it over the next few years by removing some items and replacing others as they wore out. When helping our daughter create a capsule wardrobe, we decided to keep seven days worth of clothing, and remove the rest.
Nina Nelson of Shalom Mama has another option. She started by making a list of what she needed. Then she went shopping in her own closet and found the items on the list. Everything not on the list was either boxed up or donated.
Here are the 5 steps Nina recommends to create a capsule wardrobe:
- Create a list of what you need.
- Take inventory of what you already have.
- Strategize with color.
- Go through your clothes.
- Complete the capsule wardrobe.
If you are planning a capsule wardrobe and haven’t decluttered your closet yet, then Nina’s tips may help. You can read the full article to get the details for each step: 5 Easy Steps to Create a Capsule Wardrobe.
Even if you have decluttered, she makes some good suggestions, like making a list of what you need before going to buy new stuff, and then sticking to that list when you are at the store. The list helps stop you from buying more than you need.
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