I’m a Californian and a mother of 3, currently living in Istanbul with my family . Urban city living doesn’t provide much storage (read apartments) so the collision of our move here, three kids, and apartment living really got me thinking more about organization and simplicity, two things I have always highly valued, but struggled to implement.
About The Thirty-Seven Piece Family Blog…
It all started last Spring when I stumbled across the Un-fancy blog, of Caroline-Joy, who was dressing herself with only 37 pieces each season. She called this her “ capsule wardrobe”. The idea was so appealing, and she pulled it off so well! I tried it without the proper planning, and realized if I really wanted the things she cheered us on to embrace, (less=more, better items, less clutter etc etc,) I couldn’t do it half way. Around the same time, I read Marie Kondo’s book on Tidying, and my unorganized ways (but organized inclinations) led me to the end of my rope.
Life gets busy, so moving on to December 2015, I found myself purchasing a weird Christmas gift for myself. A Christmas gift, only a dorky mother would buy. I bought 12 pairs of the same socks for my boys. I was going to be the most brilliant mother on earth, because I solved my sock problem. My oldest would no longer be caught in mismatching socks… because they only had one kind! If we lost a sock, “ who cares?!” It would all even out in the end…
I followed this thought pattern to the end and now find myself uniform dressing/capsule dressing my whole family.
I flourish in organization… but, developing organized systems are really hard for me. So here is my family’s try at dressing well, in a few pieces, each season. I am starting with my kids.
Will it work? Will I have planned enough items for the bi-polar Istanbul weather?
Will it make me bored or more creative? Ha! Let’s find out.
Follow along as we share our kids outfits, capsule wardrobes, and what we love, learn and don’t like about a simpler look at what we wear. You never know, this could be for you too!
Some links that inspire me:
Two other notable motivators for me…1. Less laundry. 2. Less money spent. I think this project will in the end lower the amount of laundry I do and money I spend on clothes for my family. Win!
Other hobbies aside from planning kids wardrobes 😉 :: running, city wandering with my husband, good food, reading, all of the good people, and the internet.
This blog is my trial and error project as I figure out if capsule living works for my family of 5. We like to learn, travel, eat well, and look good (who doesn’t). I hope you can enjoy what we are learning with us!
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