So I know I’m getting a head start on my Happiness Project, but last week I mentioned that May was my month for Organization – cleaning out my closets. Since we are in the process of packing up all of our ‘stuff’ to move to our new house at the end of the month, I figured why not declutter now?
Before I embarked on my decluttering task, I decided to research other bloggers and their capsule wardrobes for some guidance. What items should I dispose of? What items were most important to keep? Where there a certain number of sweaters, dresses, jeans, etc. I should keep? As I researched further, I ended up with more questions. How do I figure out what pieces to keep in to each season’s capsule? What if I get rid of a piece and wish that I had kept it? How do I come up with so many versatile and creative looks with less clothing?
Well fortunately, after a few days of reading I was able to put my mind at ease. I read a really great article about finding your personal style. I honestly think this is the root of my problem. In this article, Jamie and Jess actually provide homework assignments and guidance to help you find your style. One of my most important goals for my Happiness Project, is to become more me. It might sound silly, but I’m honestly all over the place. One minute I dress preppy, the next minute it’s athletic, then rocker chic, then I’m wearing jeans and a t-shirt to work because I am exhausted and two days later I am in a dress pants and blazer!?!?! Seriously – all. over. the. place. Needless to say, finding my style is a must. So I did my homework assignment and created a Pinboard that hopefully will help me narrow down specially what my style really is.
Since Spring is just around the corner, I thought this article was helpful and I loved looking at all the ways Kat changed up her looks. That’s where I lack the most creativity. I would have never put half of her looks together. While I don’t think I will ever get my wardrobe down to just 37 pieces like she did, I am going to try to get really close to that number and for each season’s capsule. I keep telling myself “less is more”.
Finally, I promised myself to stick by five basic rules when I began my cleaning process.
- No Duplicates
- Serve a Purpose
- Seriously Felicia?!?
Sunday was Closet Day. I have two closets, so it took about half a day to actually go through every item of clothing that was in each. I discovered that I have 60+ dresses alone!! That’s absurd and more items that a season of capsule wardrobe has entirely. I also found that the longer I continued the purging process, the easier it was to get rid of items. By the end of the night I had 3 trash bags full of clothes to donate – but first I called up a couple of friends and let them take whatever they wanted. I was surprised to feel energized when I was finished. I told my friends that I was going to re-purge again when we moved into the new house because I was sure there were still a lot more pieces I could get rid of.
As I continue my homework assignments to find my ‘style’, I think I will be more accepting of getting rid of clothing pieces that are not really me. I have accepted that I don’t want to play dress up and act like I am someone else every day. I wan’t to be confident in my personal style.
Organizing the Leftovers
Since I have the rare opportunity to be moving into a new space and new larger closet, I want to do it right. Just because my new closet is going to be much larger than the two separate closets I have now, doesn’t mean I want more clothes to fill them. I wan’t to (for the first time ever) have some space between my clothes and see the choices that I have to choice from. I also want to incorporate technology. That’s why I purchased the Stylebook app. So far it’s been fabulous. Yes, it takes some item to upload all your clothing items to the actual app – that is still a work in progress for me – but once that is done, this app is going to be my life saver. I love that I can recreate looks that I find on Pinterest with items from my own closet. No need to go shopping and I am learning how my own pieces can be more versatile than I thought! Another mini goal for May is to plan out my outfits in advance through this app. By doing that, I will free up more time to do things I enjoy (making me more happy). I also won’t feel as stressed and rushed in the morning because “I don’t have anything to wear”. I mean who hasn’t said those lines a hundred times?
So you can get a feel for what I feel is Felicia’s personal style, I have put together some wishlist items:
Sooner than later,