To Capsule Or Not Capsule?

It started with the laundry.

I don’t really care for doing laundry, but I’m responsible for washing and the drying both of our clothes. I just wash everything in cold water (yep, no sorting or separating for me!), toss it in the dryer, call it day. Nick does the folding and then we each put our things away. That’s where the problem really starts — even more than I hate folding, I hate hate hate putting my clothing away. I don’t know why, it’s just something I avoid. But before I know it, our room becomes a minefield of laundry baskets and piles of my clothes (and dog toys).

You guys. I have too much clothes.

I’ve been writing more about my shopping habits recently, and even started to share my shopping budget here on the blog (don’t worry, a massive July-October catch-up post will appear before you know it). I like to think that I’ve been making better shopping decisions, but my closet and storage bins and dresses are overflowing.

It’s getting too overwhelming, and something needs to change. I’m just working on what that something is.

If you read a decent amount of fashion blogs, you’ve probably come across the term “capsule wardrobe.” I think I first read about last year when AJ was doing a 30×30 (30 outfits, 30 days for the uninitiated). A capsule wardrobe is a bit of twist on that wardrobe challenge — a very limited, seasonal closet. Caroline from Un-Fancy, who’s really committed to the whole thing, sticks to a whole 37 pieces per season.

I couldn’t. Or could I?

It just sounds a little ridiculous. And limiting. I like color and patterns and dresses and have like three different favorite pairs of jeans. And I’m still figuring out that whole dressing for an actual office thing. Then I see Katie killing it with her fall capsule wardrobe, and I get interested in the idea again. And please, I can’t be the only one who wears the same pieces over and over again and wonders why she has so much neglected clothes…right? Could a capsule wardrobe really make getting dressed (and doing laundry) easier?

Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? Any advice? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

~ Sarah