Okay, I’m excited.
This is year two of my grand capsule wardrobe experiment. Woohoo!
Whenever I start a something new — like a new workout routine or a new habit — I like to approach it with a set of rules. I thrive in a structured environment at the beginning.
But … as time goes on, and the new thing becomes a part of my life, I like to loosen that structure up a bit and let it be organic.
So I’ve always known my approach to capsule wardrobes would change over time. Life changes and we change with it.
But I never knew exactly what my new approach would look like.
I finally figured it out.
The solution came out of a moment* of major frustration.
(*two and a half weeks)
Here’s the short version: This winter, at some point, I lost the spirit of why I do this — why I live with capsule wardrobes. I lost the joy, the creativity, the meaning.
I woke up one day and it was just about following rules.
And we all know that anything done for the sake of the rules is bound to fail. Our actions need purpose + meaning behind them.
So I took some time to get back to the heart of it all.
I remembered why I do it: So I can do more meaningful things with my time and energy. So I can avoid emotional purchases, avoid overspending. So I can build an intentional wardrobe that makes me want to do a happy dance.
And most importantly: I do it because I like it. It brings me joy.
Remembering my why helped me figure out my how.
The general concept is pretty much the same, but the frame around it is different. It has room to breathe. It’s a little more flexible, a little more open to spontaneity.
With the first day of spring on Friday, there’s no better time for new beginnings. Have a look at my new approach:
(It’s probably going to look tiny here, since my blog isn’t very wide. Click here if you’d like to see it a little larger.)
My favorite part?
No more rules. Did you notice?
Now I’m approaching them as practices.
As tiny and insignificant as that may seem, something about that simple word swap changes everything for me. It reminds me that this whole thing is dynamic — there’s no such thing as “cheating” or “breaking the rules”. It’s meant to look different from person to person.
What do you think? Does this relaxed version jive with you, or is the original version more fitting for your stage of the journey?
P.S. Just in case you’re wondering, I’m still hanging out around 37 pieces. In fact, my spring capsule only ended up being 34 pieces. But I’m approaching each new season with more of an emphasis on what feels like enough, rather than a specific number.
P.P.S Spring capsule reveal TOMORROW!