When I created my first capsule wardrobe in 2010, my aim wasn’t to spark joy, look good, or even to have plenty of outfits to wear. I only wanted to experiment with dressing with less and define what “enough” meant to me.
Sparks of joy were simply a byproduct of the experiment. I didn’t need to rely on shopping or fashion to create joy because by simplifying my closet, I made room for joy in every other area of my life.
4 1/2 years later, I’m giving more thought to not only the joy that happens as a result of my capsule wardrobe, but the joy in it as well.
After reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I realized that I’ve been holding onto items that don’t bring me joy. Implementing the KonMari Method, I recently overhauled my capsule collection and plan to do the same for each season.
I Kondoed my Capsule Wardrobe
I took everything out. Everything. The clothes, the outerwear, the accessories, the jewelry and the shoes.
I held each piece in my hand and asked, “Does it spark joy?” If I wasn’t sure, I held it close to my heart and asked again. Because I am not that attached to my clothes, I had to ask other questions like,
- Does this serve me well?
- Do I feel good when I’m wearing it?
- Does it fit well within the small collection of 33 pieces?
- Am I holding onto this because I am afraid I might need it or because it serves the past or future and not the right now?
I discovered that while most of my stuff was in good condition and a good fit, it is time to replace a few things. I don’t need them all right away though, and will be adding them joyfully.
Try Project 333 and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up combined and you’ll immediately discover the joys of living and dressing with less.