Capsule Wardrobe Series - Closet Edit!

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Well, here we are, week 3 of the Capsule Wardrobe Series!  This week, we’re in your closet.  I know, it can be a scary place.  Your closet can be overwhelming, for so many reasons.  Whether it’s because there’s entirely too much or you feel like you don’t have anything at all, our closets can be a real source of anxiety for us.  Now that we understand what a capsule wardrobe is, we’ve decided we want to explore it further, and we have a pretty solid idea of what our personal style is, the next piece is your closet.  Yes, we’re going to edit.  But again, we’re going to EDIT.  Editing your closet doesn’t mean that you take everything in your closet, throw it out, and start over.  We’re simply editing.  Keep reading for my method on how to edit your closet, and get your capsule wardrobe started.

First things first, we have to plan this time.  If you’ve worked with me, or followed my work, you know that planning is a really key part of everything I do.  Whether you have a packed closet, or an empty one, we need to plan out this time so that we’re not rushed or overwhelmed.  When I’m working with my clients, I typically schedule a 3-hour block. You might think that’s insane, but we don’t always use that entire block of time, and it allows for a breather here and there. Before you decide how much time to schedule, I want you to quickly peruse your closet.  If you don’t want to designate 3 hours, you can try working backward.  Assess roughly how much you have, and try and assign 15-20 seconds per piece and throw in a couple of 10-minute breaks and see what kind of time block you get.  Whatever time you decide on, be sure to schedule in a couple of breaks – that is important.  You’ll be editing your closet fairly quickly, it can be too much to go straight through, so give yourself some space.

From there, we have to pull everything out of our closets.  I know, it sounds like a lot, but this is the only way we get to everything, and it’s important that we get to everything.  After we’ve pulled everything out, we have to start editing.  When it comes to the actual physical editing of your closet, there are certain questions you should be asking yourself.  I know, it can be hard to decide which questions, so I’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you!  HERE you’ll find my flow chart for editing your closet.  The first question is “Do I wear it” depending on your answer, you’ll move into “Do I love it” which is far more important than whether or not you wear it…from there, I take you through the flow sheet of what to do with each piece.  You should be asking the same questions about each piece, and your responses will be different, and that’s how you weed out what to keep vs. what to let go.  This can be a difficult process, which is why it’s important to stick to the chart, not take too much time per piece, and really stay focused.  Don’t get caught up on the “what ifs” because I’ve accounted for them in the flow chart.  This will be the hardest part, but I think that if you’re through to this week, my guess is you’re ready for it, so don’t worry!  As you’re editing, I want you to make categories for the pieces that you’re deciding to keep.  For this part, I want you to be general.  For example, maybe you have 4 categories: tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear.  If you want to break it down a bit more, you can, but don’t do too much at this juncture.  I want you to keep track of categories, because they’ll be useful when you start keeping notes and start actually building your capsule.  So, for the pieces you keep, assign them categories.

Next order of business, is to keep a pen and paper handy.  You’re going to want to notice a few things.  First, patterns that you’re seeing over and over again.  I don’t mean patterns like floral or stripes (although, that could be) what I mean is tendencies.  Are there certain colors you’re seeing over and over, and others you don’t see at all?  Do you only have denim and no dressy bottoms?  Is everything you have sleeveless but not long sleeve?  Are you missing dresses? Basics? Etc.  Do you only have formal wear, and no casual? I want you to take note of what you will need in your capsule, what you have that fulfills that need, and what will end up being a gaping hole in your capsule wardrobe.

 

Lastly, after you’ve edited and you’ve taken your notes and you’re looking at your categories, I want you to take another round of editing.  By category, I want you to look at what you’ve kept and assess what will work for your capsule wardrobe.  Now that you understand that a capsule wardrobe is a limited number of pieces that you love to wear that are interchangeable, consider what will work and what might be a bit more difficult.  If you’re not sure, post in the Anti-Stylist and we’ll help you out!  Maybe there’s a piece you love, but you can only figure out 1 way to wear it, post it in the group and I’d be happy to help you find another way to wear.  The idea is to get organized, pull everything out so that you can see it clearly, and then assign it a category because you might have more that works for your capsule than you realize.  You might have a whole capsule already existing in your closet.  You might, on the other hand, have a bunch of pieces that don’t work together at all (which is where your struggle began).  Either way, editing your closet is going to be the only way to figure it out.  I know it can seem like a daunting process, but if we plan our time (and breaks), if we use the flow chart that asks the right questions, don’t get too caught up on a single piece, and take notes on what we see, I promise it will give you a world of clarity.  Happy editing!

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