What do you do with them now? Here are some ideas I have had… along with ideas I am going to try!
Donate them to be re-sold, and make a few bucks toward the growing stock by using Thred Up. (I have purchased from here before, but just sent in my first bags to be sold, I’ll let you know how it goes!)
If you have time and energy to re-sell them on e-bay, do it!
If you had invested in quality clothes you can also try doing an Instagram sale. (Tips on having an Instagram sale).
Hand them down to someone your size, or with kids younger than yours.
Send them to your local goodwill, or thrift store. Someone will love them, and buy them for cheap!
Well, it’s getting warmer in Istanbul, and it’s also getting closer and closer to summer.
This summer, our family will be in a few different places: Southern California, Central California and Istanbul. While both places are going to be hot. I am figuring out how to make a capsule wardrobe for myself especially that will cover both climates and cultures.
Both Istanbul and Southern California have warm summers. California is hot and dry. Istanbul is hot as well, but much more mild… where it makes up for the heat in lower temperatures, it sure makes you hate humidity. It is so humid and gross in Istanbul during the summer, I just could barely handle it last year.
As far as culture goes, the guys and Nora can all wear whatever they want. I don’t know about you, but while I am overseas, I generally like to dress so I don’t stick out too much. That being said, while in Istanbul I generally cover up a bit more than I would while I am home in Southern California. While we are in California I can’t wait to let the sunshine hit my shoulders and legs!! But while in Istanbul, I will likely find a couple pairs of cool summer pants. Which means I have to have the proper blend of summer pants and shorts to be comfortable in both places.
So as I plan my 37 pieces, I am taking into account these things… humidity, culture and comfort. Always comfort.
Here are some things to take into account in your summer planning if you are going to be using a Capsule Wardrobe:
-Climate. California gets upwards of 110 while Istanbul never hits over 90, and is on the water. This means I need to buy accordingly. Also evenings are chilly.
-Culture. Where are you traveling? Overseas? Europe? Asia? It’s always good to take into account what locals are wearing, if you’re crossing cultures.
-Location specific/Vacation specific items: I will likely leave these out of my capsule. Examples would be: a beach hat, camp clothes, or other random things you may want for your summer adventures.
-Clothes for the journey. Are you flying in a plane? Going to be in an RV all summer? I am including things I know I can feel comfortable in on our multiple plane rides this summer.
What about you!!?
Where are you going this summer?
Are you going to try to capsule your vacation wardrobe?
And is anyone else excited for how easy this makes packing??
Nora, our baby girl. Can you capsule a baby? Absolutely. I actually think babies and toddlers will be the easiest since they grow so fast, and need new things more often. Before I was capsuling my kids, I realized I would buy them things as needed, when I saw a sale, or just because I felt like they needed something. With her, since she grows so fast, I’m realizing I really like the purchase once a season idea. It lets me strategize this all a bit more.
Nora is spicy and sweet. She is 2 1/2 years old, bossy, smart and so fun! She also has opinions on what she wears, which is really adorable. I have 6 dresses in her capsule, and she has already refused to wear 4 of them… so we will see how this goes, or what makes it in her next capsule now that I can see what she prefers.
About a month in and maybe you are wondering, Is capsuling more work?
While I was shopping for our clothes for Spring, taking pictures and figuring out what my family would be wearing and not wearing, I really wondered if capsuling was more work than just wearing what we used to was.
I figured it would be helpful to take a step back and reflect on why I even took on this project. Starting this all felt like a lot of work, just for clothes. It seemed maybe silly at time, but in the beginning any transition is more work. Starting a new diet- planning meals, putting a kid in a new school -paperwork, moving to a new home or city -logistics! stress!
Really any change requires a decent amount of work, it is the long term result that should be the measure of it’s worth.
So far, in this transition, I have been happy with the result. We are so early in the transition, just one month into our first capsule. We have a lot to learn, and tweaking to do… but I will say so far- so good. We like it! I like it! The kids do too. So while this has been an investment in time, effort and money, it has definitely been worth it in the end. I think after we have this system down it will be good for my family in many ways.
Less clothes all over, less impulse purchasing, more planning and thought out clothes purchases. Also, freedom from feeling like I never had anything to wear, but tons of clothes floating around in suitcases, drawers, hampers etc.
Just at a months end, I have noticed:
-I personally don’t ever feel like I don’t have anything to wear.
-We have less laundry to do.
-I feel more organized and in control of the clothes situation (and our capsuling journey has just started).
-The kids are happy and I am learning what their personal style preferences are, (ex: Nora seems to almost hate most dresses).
-I feel more organized, and am!
-I am happier knowing I have a system to work in for storage, purchasing and planning.
Thanks for listening, I’ll reflect again at month two!