Sunday

Reinventing The Closet Part 2

Read part 1 here. 

Ok. So I weeded out the obvious stuff and tried on a few things to see if they still fit and then washed what was left. Why did I wash it all? Because I have two very hairy dogs that are the perfect height to rub up on all my clothes while they are hanging in the closet. Gross. 

So, now we get to the "fun" part. I'm still on the fence about exactly how much sarcasm I'm associating with that word here. I don't particularly enjoy trying on clothes but I am excited to have a more functional wardrobe. But they fit, they're clean....why am I trying it all on again?

I'm a home schooling, homesteading, crafting, teaching, mom of 3. I don't have the brain power left to put together an outfit every morning. Right now, my kids are lucky if I get out of my pajamas and that's just sad. So I went to Pinterest to get some ideas. I saw lots of pictures of put together outfits that were super adorable. Unfortunately, I don't own anything in those pictures. So then I headed to Amazon to try to find the things in those pictures. I do not have that kind of money. In fact, I don't have money to go out and buy anything because I've spent it on 4 BAGS of stuff I can't even wear!!!! More clothes is obviously not the answer. Then I came upon the idea of "Capsule Wardrobes." Go ahead and Google that. I'll wait. 

With me again? Isn't that idea awesome?! Alright lets head the store and buy all those essential pieces it says we need and.... wait. No money, remember? So here's the new game plan, starting with the sorted clothes from before

  1. Put on your best fitting bra/panties.
  2. Try on one outfit at a time. 
  3. Slowly change the outfit. Trade the pants for a skirt, try a different scarf, put on a jacket...Take a picture with each new look.
  4. Toss anything that doesn't have more than one look.  
  5. Print pictures, put together in an album.
  6. Enjoy your own Capsule Wardrobe complete with a no-brainer look book!
Is this not the most awesome, time saving, closet utilizing, thought free idea ever!!! PLUS you could even take your look book with you while shopping to see what kinds of things would match!

*Here is where I would share the photo evidence of me trying on outfits for 3+ hours but the card reader on my computer and the sd card from my camera are not getting along :( So if you try this and do it to you're own wardrobe let's see some pictures!

What I learned:

While black is up there with my least favorite colors most of my staple clothing is black. I'm ok with letting a lot of the color in my wardrobe come from accent pieces like scarves, statement necklaces, cardigans, or under shirts.

Having white clothing and being a mom is hard.

I like solids with texture.

I have hardly any patterned pieces.

I am going to have SO MUCH LESS laundry and that is awesome!

Tuesday

Reinventing The Closet Round 1

In spirit of my first new years goal I am going through the closet and weeding out the crap! 

The first step was to take it ALL out of the closet. Holy BANANAS!!! 


I don't consider myself much of a clothes person. Some of this is from before I had kids!! That's 8 years and I'm not telling how many sizes ago. I've cleaned out before but obviously things were falling through the cracks. 


Just in case you needed another angle on that. My pile of clothes take up my ENTIRE queen size bed. No one needs that much. 

I sorted it out into groups and this is what I ended up with: 

Group 1: Stuff my Mom would probably fit and like (1 bag)
Group 2: TRASH (1 bag )
Group 3: Donate (2 bags)


What I had left was 2 baskets of  *possible* keep items. Seriously. 4 trash bags of stuff to get rid of and only 2 baskets to keep. I'd say this was long over due. 

Here is where I had to stop for the day. My children claimed that they needed food of some sort. I'm going to wash ALL the clothes tonight and then the fun part begins :) 

Monday

Reinvent

2015 Family Photo By Megan Moody
2015 has been quite the whirl wind of a year. I started out with an uncomfortable end to my pregnancy with Gabriel that made doing much of anything pretty much impossible and ended with getting back to my normal self just in time for the holidays. Having that 3rd kid definitely thew my world off kilter. It's been 5 years since we had a new baby! How could I possibly have forgotten how much time and attention they take up?! I wouldn't trade him for the world though and now that he's up and about crawling and cruising this Momma finally has some "free" time on her hands again!  So with that here's some things I hope to work on in the new year:
  1. Take time for me. Not in a inner reflection kind of way but a purely worldly kind of way. My husband is so amazing and he deserves a wife that doesn't look like a tornado survivor. I deserve to not look like a tornado survivor! I'm going to buy clothes that fit, wear make up, do my hair.... all those things that get lost in 3 kids. 
  2. Move. That word strikes fear into me like you don't even know. The thought of going through everything, packing up all the critters, and starting over in a new place paralyze me. It must be done though. We have outgrown our little paradise and it's time to move on. 
  3. Learn to streamline and let go. I complicate things. I stress over them before, during, and even sometimes after things happen. I hold onto stuff that I trip over, that I hate, that frustrate me, and even things that just seem off from the word go. It can all go in the trash! I don't need stress and I don't need stuff. 
This years word will be "Reinvent." It's time for a new me, a new space, and a new thought process! I am excited to take what I have, cut back on what's unnecessary and find out what the real potential is here! 

Happy New Year Everyone! May your year become all that you want it to be!