So, you have piles and bags of black trash bags full of clothes, bags, shoes and worn out, or too small kid items.
You’ve gone through all The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up… and bagged up what doesn’t give you life.
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!
Any other fun or creative ideas out there?
Oh man, this was my first Capsule Wardrobe, and it was so hard to make! Developing a fashionable, practical wardrobe for 3 months felt like such a hard task for some reason. I had such a hard time making the decisions for what to buy and what to include. Then trying to figure out if they items I chose would even work well together, and spending money on myself! :/ I felt super stressed and non committal at times during the process, but now that I have been wearing these items for a couple months, and have a bit of a routine with clothes storage and laundry, I am absolutely in the Capsule Groove! If I were an emoji it would definitely be the dancing red lady.
Some of my challenges in making this occurred when I realized, I didn’t even really know what I liked to wear, or what fit me well. Do I even wear dresses that often? It seemed silly to not include them with how beautiful spring can be. How many sweaters do I need? It can be pretty cold here in Spring, it snowed last March…What do I do about that?!
Well, I think I covered my weather bases, and threw together a decent capsule for my first one.
I’ll share more on my reflections posts, but for now, let’s get to my clothes this Spring.
Here is my Spring Capsule Wardrobe::
About a month in and maybe you are wondering, Is capsuling more work?
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.
More time, more money, less fuss, less laundry. Simplicity.
Sign me up.
There are a lot of reasons I wanted to try this experiment. A creative outlet. Simplicity. The reward of knowing I can say “no” to impulse buys. Making choices easier for myself and my family. Also, less clutter. Way less clutter.
All the clothes, all the choices, and all the things thrown on the floor or piled up. These are things I am hoping to say goodbye to. Saying goodbye to feeling like I have too many choices, but nothing to wear. The reality is, I probably only wear about 30 of the items in my closet anyway. So I’m hoping to just channel all my love for those specific items into a creative 37 piece capsule. No more wasted energy on trying to make that one shirt work. All my time and effort, other places.
There are dreams of a beautifully curated, Instagram worthy wardrobe for each member of my family. Of course. But the reality of the situation is… I want life to be less stressful, and more organized. Less decisions for mundane, but important things, like getting dressed each day.
I want my kids to understand this as a life skill, less is more. Creativity. Thinking outside of the box (which I am horrible at)… even if they don’t end up being Capsulers for Life…future daughter in laws- you’re welcome.
I want a method to this madness. Soooo, let’s do this!