Old Clothes: How to Part with them

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.

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What do you do with them now?  Here are some ideas I have had… along with ideas I am going to try!

  1. 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!)
  2. If you have time and energy to re-sell them on e-bay, do it!
  3. If you had invested in quality clothes you can also try doing an Instagram sale.  (Tips on having an Instagram sale).
  4. Hand them down to someone your size, or with kids younger than yours.
  5. 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?

Women’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe

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::

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7 t shirts:  1. grey tissue t  2.  black solid v  3. white tissue scoop 4. navy tissue scoop  5.  grey stripe flowy  6. grey tissue scoop 7. white flowy boxy
9 shirts:  8. white pocket blouse 9. grey flowy back  10.  striped zip back  11. navy thick stripe  12. blue button up   13. peasant blouse  14 linen teal stripes  15. blue linen color block 16.  button back yellow flowy sweater
2 sweaters: 17. pink thick knit  18.  grey scoop
7 shoes: 19. hunters 20. black bootie  21.camel booties 22. silver slip ons  23.converse 24.birkenstocks 25.  gold sandals
4 dresses: 26. chambray  27. striped t shirt 28. grey t shirt 29. green t shirt
4 pants: 30.  skinny white 31. blue skinny jeans  32.  skinny distressed  33.black skinny jeans
 4 jackets:  34.  orange rain coat  35.  grey wool 36.  khaki green 37. jean
(Bold links above are exact or similar items).

Evan’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe:: Boys

 Evan is our oldest. Kind, sensitive, and always reading.  He is 7 and in first grade.
He wears a uniform to school, and those darn shirts are included in his capsule.  Also, they are white.  Whoever decided to give elementary school kids white uniform shirts should also have been required to supply bleach to the mothers of that school on their dime.  White is a no no in my rule book for dressing kids. If they are wearing white, there is a 98% chance it was gifted to them, or required for a social function.
Here is Evan’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe::
 Boys 37 Piece Spring Capsule Wardrobe
8  t shirts: 1.navy striped pocket -t  2. teal pocket henley 3. grey specked pocket -t 4.  weathered grey pocket t  5. space t 6. istnbul t 7. star wars t 8. palm trees
2 collared shirts:  9. short sleeve stripes  10.blue oxford 
5 uniform shirts: 11-15. White polo with school logo.
3 long sleeve shirts:  16. grey plain  17. grey surf  18. grey graphic
2 shoes: 19. nikes  20. blue sneakers
4 sweaters:  21.camo sweatshirt  22. blue quilted  23.light grey pullover  24. school uniform
2 jackets: 25. blue light jacket  26. fleece
2 shorts: 27. gap denim 28. grey
3 lounge pants:  29. grey waffle  30. lazy sweats  31.  camo sweats
6 pants: 1. blue pants 2. blue skinny jeans 3. skinny jeans 4.grey skinny jeans  5.slim black jeans  6.  dark grey
(Bold links above are exact or similar items.)

Nora’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe:: Toddler Girls

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.
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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.
Here is Nora’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe::
 ToddlerGirl-Spring
6 shirts:  1. henley striped  2. henley grey  3.blue pointelle t 4.coral embroidered shirt 5. chambray henley 6. Striped Tank
4 long sleeve:  7. ballet  8. grey dots 9. chambray  button up 10. grey dogs
6 dresses: 11. pink embroidered tank 12. white lace  13. pink hearts  14. boho blue  15. pink ruffle 16. black shapes
1 romper: 17. coral romper
3 sweaters:  18. tan grandma sweater  19. grey zip sweatshirt  20 .flowery sweatshirt
2 leggings:  21. cream  22.  grey
3 shoes:  23. silver boots  24. grey flats  25.cartoony animal shoes
2 jackets:  26. fleece  27.rain jacket
1 shorts:  28. blue belted boho
2 lounge sweats: 29.blue harem pants 30. weathered grey joggers
6 pants:  31. coral skinny jeans 32. jean leggings 33. skinny jeans  34.skinny jeans  35.grey leggings  36. b & w stripes  37.  black leggings
(Bold links above are exact or similar items.)

Eli’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe :: Toddler Boy

This is Elias, also known as Eli.  He is my 5 year old, and he is my most stylish kid.  Seriously, he always has a strong opinion on what he wears, and a compliment on others clothing.
 Toddler Boys 37 piece spring Capsule Wardrobe.He loves picking things out, and pointing things out and noting that people looked nice.  He really does have an eye for detail.  He is the first to notice when I am wearing a new item or have earrings on.  He has been so fun to do this project with.
For now, he likes to wear “stripes with stripes and stripes”  or “grey with grey and grey”.  He will sometimes come out in a red jacket, red shorts and a red hat and be so proud that he planned the perfect outfit for himself.  Red is his favorite color.  He actually specifically requested red shoes this Spring.
Here is Eli’s Spring Capsule Wardrobe::
 A Toddler Boys 37 piece Spring Capsule Wardrobe.
7 t shirts:  1.  short sleeve henley  2.  red pocket t-shirt   3. Detroit graphic T  4.  Blue solid T  5.  Istanbul T  6.  blue collared T  7.  Striped T
3 polo shirts:. 8. grey polo  9.  .navy polo 10.  hawaii print
4 Long sleeve shirts:  11.  blue stripes gap  12.   baseball  13.striped henley 14.  grey henley
4 collared shirts:  15.  white oxford 16.  blue and white gingham  17.  chambray
4 Sweaters: 18. grey 3   19.red striped hoodie 26. quilted grey hoodie  27.  fleece
2 shorts: 20. hurley khaki 21. seersucker stripes
2 shoes:  24. nike  25. red velcro shoes 
4 lounge bottoms:  28. nike shorts 29. lightening sweats  30. grey w neon sweats 31. camo sweats

6 pants:  32.beige jeans 33.grey skinny jeans  34. dark grey  35.slim black jeans 36. dark straight 37. blue skinny

(Bold links above are exact or similar items.) 

Welcome: What’s a Capsule?

What is a capsule wardrobe?  The amount of people doing this is growing, and I see more and more capsules of all kind popping up on Instagram and Pinterest.  I feel like the name sort of describes itself, but let’s unpack it, shall we?
A capsule wardrobe, is a fixed number of items (your capsule) that you consider your complete wardrobe for a season.
Think mix and match, consistent color scheming, fewer items, and creativity.
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image from: bemorewithless.com
This term was originally coined by this woman, who at one point was selling a woman’s capsule wardrobe, or core pieces of clothing, out of a shop in France. She called a capsule someones core essentials in their wardrobe, and added seasonal pieces throughout the year to highlight what the woman already owned and loved.  It was a starting point for someone who was serious about developing their sense of style.
 Does that sound like a crazy idea?  It did for me at first. I thought it was a bit overboard, ridiculous and difficult.  How can someone wear only  30-ish pieces of clothing for 3 whole months?!!
Well, this woman right here did it.   And after reading her pretty blog for a year on and off, I thought… “I think I could do this too.”  I toyed with the idea last Spring, only to realize, if you’re going to do this.  You have to DO THIS.  Like, be all in… fill out the worksheet she has, get inspired and commit.  Only 37 pieces for 3 months.  That is it.
Simultaneously, my organized personality has been so stifled.  We recently moved to Istanbul from California, and in many ways are starting fresh.  I thought I was organized.  I thought I pared down our clothing quite small, but I feel like I’m not living the organized life I was meant to live.  That sounds dramatic, I know… so let me just take a deep breath and say.  Welcome.
Welcome to my crazy unorganized life. To my family, really.
Welcome into our creative process of dressing each family member in a capsule wardrobe.  That’s 37 pieces for each person, to wear exclusively for 3 months.
My husband and I are Californian entrepreneurs in Istanbul, Turkey.  Our 3 sweet babies Evan-7, Elias -5,  and Nora -2 are all different and adorable.  They are my guinea pigs in the project… we are starting with capsuling 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?  Will I want to quit?    Let’s find out, starting with Spring!