There is a queen-sized bed in my guest room that is currently housing every single item of clothing that I own (minus a shoe rack containing roughly 25 pairs of shoes. I have a problem). The pile is roughly the size of Mount Vesuvius. It’s freakin’ ridiculous, you guys. 

My goal is to go through all of my clothes and have a far smaller pile in the end, which will be the start of my capsule wardrobe! If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is, it is “…a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.”  Thanks, wikipedia. So, after this, I’m hoping to have a pretty decent “basics” capsule (jeans, cardigans, t’s, work clothes, etc.) Here’s the play by play so far:

  • Step 1. Remove all clothing from closet/drawers and place on bed in guest room.
  • Step 2. Tell husband to avoid going into said guest room at all costs until further notice.
  • Step 3. Chase down dog to retrieve a stolen shoe not once, not twice, but THREE times.
  • Step 4. Sit down. I’m exhausted already.

So, there ya have it. Feel free to use those steps to begin your own closet clean out.As I sit here staring at the mountain of clothing before me, two things come to mind:

  1. I wish I had a latte. I really, really do.
  2. Harry Potter makes everything better.

With that being said, I cannot afford to leave my house to go get a latte right now or this clothes heap will remain on the guest room bed, untouched, for probably the rest of time. So I’ll put on Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire and face this task as Harry faces his tasks in the Tri-Wizard tournament – by winging it and hoping for the best.

Here we gooooo! My dog is currently whining outside the door, but his track record of stealing my shoes when I’m distracted has lost him the privilege of hanging out with me during this endeavor. He’s still pretty cute, though.

this is him being super adorable on a day when he did not try to steal my shoes.

(Side note: Harry Potter’s name just came out of the goblet of fire, WUT WHYYY?! Also, Dumbledore kind of lost his temper, which is NOT very Dumbledore-esque if you ask me. To each his own, I suppose. I’m so distracted).

 

I’ve decided the best way for me to go about this is to try on every item of clothing and see if it brings me joy – Emily Gilmore style (if you haven’t watched A Year in the Life yet, you really should). Not really, but I am going to try on everything and see if I like the color/shape/fit/fabric and go from there. I’m pretty sure the first rule of a capsule wardrobe is not to keep anything “just in case” or because it has a memory attached to it…but I say “to heck with the rules!”

  • Exhibit A: I have these cowgirl boots that I’ve worn a total of one time but they’re really heckin’ cute, and my parents got them for me when they went Tennessee one time so they’re staying! You never know when you’re gonna need a good pair of cowgirl boots, amirite?
  • Exhibit B (does anyone actually say that??): If you think I’m giving up my fun Christmas sweaters, you’re a mad man.

I’ve been going through my clothes for a about 30 minutes now, and I have way more in the yes pile than I do the no pile *eye roll emoji*.

(Another side note: Mr. Filch is hilarious).

End of night one. I’d say I got about halfway through my pile in two hours. Not great, but not terrible. Goodnight!

 

*Approximately 6 days later*

I’ve made a lot of progress, but not quite enough! There’s way too much stuff in my yes pile. Guess I’ll go through it again – WAHOO!!!!

This is NOT fun. But it kind of is, I guess. It’ll be worth it in the end, it’ll be worth it in the end, it’ll be worth it in the end. That’s what I keep telling myself. In the words of Professor Dumbledore, “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” Therefore, I must press on. Because this is right. And not easy.

Goblet of Fire is over, so it’s time to pop in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! I’m telling you, Harry Potter is really helping me out here. Doing something I love (watching Harry Potter) whilst doing something I hate (going through stuff). Not bad! Here we go again.

(Side note: Harry got a haircut. Good move).

I’m going about this round a little differently. I’m going to separate this yes pile into four different piles: Winter/Fall, Summer/Spring, Year Round (light cardigans, jeans and the like), and Dresses. I have enough dresses that they require their own pile. Sad, I know. But I submit that dresses are WAY better than pants. Who’s with me?! Anyway, I lint rolled the entire couch (my dog sheds like mad) to prep for my piles and then he decided to hop right up like he owns the place. He basically does, though, so I mean it’s whatev.

(Another side note: Dolores Umbridge is the literal worst. Like, worse than Lord Voldemort, himself. If I were to see the actress who plays her in real life I would probably want to tackle her. That’s how horrendous she is. But, props to the actress for straight up selling the role).

I ended up with way more than 4 piles. I won’t even bother trying to explain the logic behind all of them, just know that it makes perfect sense in my head. Piles on piles on piles.

Now I’m going to go through a list I made a while back of what I thought I would need for my “basics” capsule to see what i have (and also what I need to go shopping for *dance party* – i love shopping).

(Sirius just died. ALL THE SADNESS)

I’ve gone through my piles 3, 4, probably 5 times. And, guess what? I’M DONE!!!!!! Wooooooo!!

I am stoked. My next step is to put all the no’s in a box to take to Plato’s closet/sell on Poshmark/sell at a garage sale, and then put the yes’s back in my closet! Here’s my closet now:

Low quality pic, high quality sanity. What a beautiful site! Before, it was busting at the seams and I “never had anything to wear.” Ugh. But now? I look in my closet and see things that I love to wear and can mix and match easily and feel comfortable in. Hashtag blessed. There are a few things I know I need to buy (and I haven’t even gone through my shoes/accessories yet…YIKES…and also, tbh, probably a few things I can still get rid of), but for now I am SO HAPPY not to have a ridiculous amount of clothing in my possession that I never/rarely wear. I AM FREEEEE! And it only took two Harry Potter movies – and a few episodes of Friends, if we’re being really honest.

If you feel like you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, I encourage you to closet purge and maybe even try to create your own capsule wardrobe. It’s a wonderful and magical thing. There are plenty of legitimate blogs out there with actual advice and fewer Harry Potter references, but maybe this will help you in some way? Give you the boost you need to get started? Maybe not, but no worries. My closet is small, and I am happy.

“All was well.”

(Nailed it).