Creating a capsule wardrobe has forced me to figure out what I like in a piece of clothing. I know now more than ever which shapes are flattering for me, which colors look better with my complexion, and what overall vibe I am striving for.Read More
What is a capsule wardrobe?
It’s a smaller collection of clothing meant to be worn for 1 or 2 seasons. Perhaps someone living in a place where the weather is more steady all year round can wear his or hers for longer.
The pieces should all go well together and support your lifestyle in a functional way, while making you look great.
This summer is the first season I’ve had a pretty complete capsule wardrobe.
It’s not all awesome, nor my dream summer wardrobe, but I think I did well for my first go.
I am going to discuss what I needed in a capsule, how many pieces I included, and why I chose those pieces below.
Why create a capsule wardrobe?
For me, a capsule wardrobe is streamlined, focused, easy to maintain, easy to store, simpler, more enjoyable, and makes getting dressed quicker and easier.
For the planet, a capsule wardrobe limits the amount of stuff I buy, reducing the demand I put on the fashion industry, reducing the resources needed to create the clothes.
The idea of a capsule wardrobe has also encouraged me to become more aware of how clothes are made.
There’s a very informative documentary about the fast fashion industry called The True Cost. It’s available to stream on Netflix. Highly recommended.
My Wardrobe Breakdown
- 3 bottoms
- 12 tops
- 1 dress
- 4 pairs of shoes
- 2 hats
- 3 bags
I did not include the following in my capsule:
- bathing suits
- exercise clothes
- dressier clothes
- under garments
I also have other clothes, shoes, and hats that are more appropriate for the colder seasons, which were not included in this capsule.
My Wardrobe Considerations
Ethical & Cruelty-Free
As a compassionate person constantly striving to live from that value in all aspects of life, I now aim to purchase clothes from second hand sources or companies that produce their clothes ethically and make their practices transparent (when I need a new piece of clothing).
Something else I look for in an item is whether or not it’s made from animal products. I look for leather alternatives, down alternatives, and avoid suede. Cruelty is not cute and is totally unnecessary, especially when you can have awesome animal-free pieces.
More and more cruelty-free and vegan clothing companies are popping up. A simple Google search will back me up on that.
I do have a pair of supportive chunky sandals that I got from The Walking Company a few years ago, which are genuine leather. I decided to keep them and include them in my capsule because they are comfortable and getting rid of them would mean that I’d want to replace them with another pair, which would be wasteful.
This world is imperfect, as am I. Trying and getting better and learning is what matters. "Don't do nothing because you can't do everything." - Colleen Patrick-Goudreau aka my favorite person.
Fit: Loose-Fitting & Comfortable
As you might know from some of my other blog posts and videos, I am frequently bloated as I am trying to figure out how to heal my gut issues.
Wearing tight fitting clothes make me feel uncomfortable and aren’t very flattering on more bloated days.
I tried to find loose fitting and boxy shirts for this capsule. I do have high-waisted shorts and a high-waisted skirt, which is going against what I just said. However, I really liked these pieces and reserve them for days when my stomach is less bloated. :-/
Work Appropriate & Functional
Again, as you may or may not know, I am a nanny. I work with a four year old and we run, play, crawl around on the floor, and do messy activities.
For work I need clothes that are comfortable to move in, ok to get messy, are conservative, and cool enough for when we’re outside, while keeping me comfortable in the AC indoors.
You can see all of the items in my summer capsule in my video I share in this blog post. There are 7 pieces that I am wearing to work this summer:
- the gray boxy tee
- the black boxy tee
- the blue striped tee
- the gray striped tee
- the J.Crew toothpick jeans (distressed from wear & tear)
- the Vegetarian Shoes heel strap sandals (great for running, which is a must!)
- the black baseball cap
I pretty much have a uniform, which is amazing.
In addition, I am looking for another pair of jeans I can wear to work that look nice yet are ok to get dirty and develop holy knees. I love those J. Crew toothpick jeans but I'm going to either look on Ebay for something second hand and similar or just scour the thrift stores.
I also wear those clothes on my days off, incorporating my other pieces that aren’t so work appropriate.
I know each person has colors that work best for him or her based on skin tone, hair color, and eye color.
I found out that you can either be a summer, autumn, winter, or spring as far as which color palettes work best for you.
I think I’m a summer?
Anyway, while I think I’m a summer, I don’t necessarily love all summer colors. I gravitate more to the blacks, grays, whites, and blues and you see a lot of those in this capsule.
Something I want to work on for my fall capsule wardrobe is incorporating more of the colors that look best on me.
Do you have a capsule wardrobe? If so, what have been your struggles and successes?
If not, are you interested in creating one?
The kitchen can be a sanctuary. The kitchen can be a grimy hell hole. Sometimes it's a little bit of both.
I think that to maintain an organized, tidy, healthy, and clean kitchen there are a few things to remember.
You can see how these tips have changed my kitchen for the better, as I show what my kitchen used to look like in my KonMari video here.
1. Clean with non-toxic and safe cleaning products.
The whole point of cleaning is to make it a healthier place to be, right? Why poison yourself with harsh chemicals? I make my own multi-purpose cleaner with a few natural and safe ingredients. I am going to post a video about the recipes I use next week. Stay tuned!
2. Clean often.
This is something that we're working on. Eventually, after decluttering more, I think it will be easier to actually clean surfaces on a more regular basis.
Matt and I have been really good about doing our dishes at the end of the night each night. We do have to get better at cleaning the refrigerator and floors at least once a week.
3. Use glass containers for food storage.
We are trying to figure out the best way to buy bulk items in an attempt to reduce the waste we produce. We have some jars for these items but might need to head over to the thrift store to find some more.
We also like storing our leftovers in glass containers rather than plastic. Plastics leach into our food when the temperature changes. Glass containers also last longer and I think they look nicer.
4. Get rid of items you don't use.
Keeping the amount of things in the kitchen to a minimum is important to me. Our kitchen is pretty small to begin with. We cook a lot so we need all the chopping space we can get.
We have a few items sitting on the dining room table in purgatory, waiting to learn their fate. Will they be sold or donated?
I also wrote a blog post about keeping the kitchen manageable, in terms of dishes and silverware. The idea I discuss has been a game-changer for me.
In my last video about our decluttering progress, you can also see the before and after of the under the sink situation. It’s MUCH better now.
5. Have a designated place for each item.
Giving each item a home in the kitchen makes it that much easier to put it away after using it. It keeps things looking tidy and you always know where everything is!
6. Incorporate plants into the kitchen.
Plants just add some freshness, color, and a sense of calm. The trick is to not go overboard and get so many plants that you can't keep them looking nice. I learned this the hard way.
If you have any kitchen tips to share, I’d love to hear about them!
Here is a quick video about my continuing decluttering progress.
In this video I show what it looked like before I tackled my bathroom cabinets, hallway shelf, and under the sink kitchen cabinets, as well as what it looks like now.
Tip: Baskets are cheap and nice ways to organize items. I got 5 of them at Goodwill for $7. :)
What are your tidying/decluttering tips?
Last week my boyfriend and I had a conversation about our ideal home situations and what we needed to do to make them more of a reality.
If you’re interested in that conversation, you can check it out below:
We both want a clean, simple, organized, and personal home that is as functional as it is cozy.
We both found some photos that represented our ideal homes.
I think we’re lucky to agree on so many aspects of a home.
So the next step was to make a plan.
We decided to start by decluttering the basement and the bedroom.
In the basement we have/had a lot of junk. Some of the junk was there when we moved in like paintings, fishing rods, a weird mattress thing, a desk, a clothes rack, buckets of some junk, another desk, and an air conditioner.
We also have some clothes we forgot about, DVDs, CDs, books books books, and a guinea pig cage no one should use because it’s weird and too small.
On the other hand, we have stuff down there that we actually use. A cat carrier, laundry supplies, tools, extra dishes for when we have company, Matt’s band stuff, and painting supplies.
The main issue with the bedroom was that Matt had a lot of clothes he didn’t wear that he needed to sort through so that he’d have more room to store the clothes he does wear.
The first step in decluttering the basement was to organize the items into piles: trash, donate, sell, keep, not sure yet.
The subsequent steps are to throw away the trash, haul the donate stuff to Goodwill, sell the sell stuff, and find a home for the items we want to keep and decide what to do with the ‘I don’t knows’.
We are in this phase now.
The bedroom however, is in pretty good shape. Matt took the clothes he didn’t want anymore to Goodwill and has organized the clothes he wants to keep. We might need a better solution for his shoes.
Decluttering a home can be a little stressful. It’s sometimes hard to get rid of your own things for sure, but I think it can even tougher to talk about it with your partner and get to a place where both people feel good about the plan. Matt and I are pretty lucky to be on mostly the same page.
The final and never-ending step would be limiting what comes into the home. It’s easy to fall into the habit of buying for reasons that aren’t really good enough if a decluttered home is the goal.
Good enough reasons for me to buy something:
- it’s a necessity
- it’s going to last a really, really long time
- it will bring me joy for a really, really long time
Bad reasons for me to buy something:
- it will give me a rush for the rest of the day or week
- to be cool
I will continue to share as we continue to make progress on our home and work toward our goals.
What is your ideal home situation? What can you do today to start making that a reality? What are you waiting for?
Sometimes we want to do something that involves ourselves and our partners. Sometimes our partners don’t want to do those same things. Sometimes we have to compromise.
Sometimes we think we and our partners don’t want those same things… and then we just talk about it and realize they pretty much do!
Then action can be taken and dreams can come true!
I sat down with my boyfriend and we talked about the state of our home, our ideal living environments, and how to move forward from there.
We each came up with five words to describe our ideal homes and why those specific descriptors are important to us.
They are important to me because when spaces are clean and open and bright and tidy there is a sense of peace, calmness, clarity, and it’s easier for me to focus on a given task.
"These are important to me because home should be all of the above. Otherwise you will go insane."
We realized our ideals are pretty similar. We both want clean, organized spaces.
The differences were that I want a place that’s bright, open, and natural. Matt wants a place that’s calming, personal, and operational.
These characteristics don’t conflict with one another and I think we can make all of them work together.
We then each described our actual home.
- a little cluttered
- can’t keep up
- slightly cluttered
- personally reflective
Again, we had some similarities in our descriptions.
We both agreed our place is kind of cluttered yet comfortable.
I focused on how it is hard to keep up with and disorganized where he focused on more positive aspects like how it’s friendly and reflects us personally.
This lends some insight as to why I usually initiate any house related work or projects.
We both thought about how we could get from our actual home situation to our ideal home situation.
I suggested that we:
- minimize things we don’t use/don’t bring us joy
- find a place to put each item we decide to keep
Matt suggested that we:
- need to get rid of things
Going into this I thought our perspectives and desires were going to be much more different because in the past when I have been excited to work on the house, Matt’s been less excited. What I learned is that we have very similar visions for our home and that it’s a bad idea to assume without talking about it.
In this case, after talking about it was easy to see that Matt feels like the place is more enjoyable as it is than I do, so I don’t blame him for wanting to do something more fun on the weekend than cleaning out the basement or decluttering our closets.
Today we began doing exactly those things and were both happy to do so because of this conversation!
I'd love to hear about your experience working with another person to create the living space you both can enjoy. Please let me know about it in the comments!
So I have some updates to share. If you want the short version, watch the video below. If you want to read the details, check out the post below that.
I've been feeling a bit down lately. A bit unmotivated and lazy. I've done a whole lot of work to create more happiness, so it's frustrating when I start to feel blue. And thinking about how frustrating it is only makes it worse, of course.
Last summer I started working on a project. It's something I didn't know a whole lot about how to do, but something I really thought would help me, and therefore other people. It's a daily mindfulness tool and it's almost finished.
It's something I was working on before work, after work, and on my days off. In addition I was working on YouTube and filming videos every week. I love having YouTube as a medium in which I can connect with people who are also interested in minimalism, health, happiness, compassion, and mindfulness. However, I realized that maybe I just need to take my own advice and do what I want to do, rather than what I think I should.
So, of course I want to create helpful videos, but not at the risk of becoming stressed out or putting up junk content for the sake of putting something up. Your subscription feeds deserve better!
My solution is now to film the things I'm excited about, and if that happens less often than once a week, I'm ok with that.
I can spend more time trying to finish my mindfulness project and more time gaining more experiences to share on YouTube.
In the mean time, do you have any questions for me or suggestions for what you'd like to see on the Like Minimal YouTube channel or on this blog? I'd really appreciate any feedback you could give. :) I'm ok with constructive criticism as well!
I'll still be posting on all of my social media outlets, which can be found below.
Thanks for reading, you're the best!
I'd love to hear about if you've ever felt like you needed to take a step back from something good for one reason or another!
I'm moving toward minimalism more and more because I'm trying to cut out all the crap that wastes my time and energy.
I eat plant-based foods because it's good for me, the planet, and the animals. It can also be quick and delicious and cheap.
I really love food. I love to eat it, make it, understand where it came from, and understand what it will do to and for my body and mental well-being.
Here's a video I made about my thoughts on minimalism and food. I also mention this article, which teaches us how to spend $50 per week or less on healthy, whole, plant-based foods.
Why do you eat what you eat? Habit? Health? Nostalgia? Comfort? Consciousness? Price?
I used to feel more overwhelmed by life.
So many to-dos and responsibilities. Not enough joy. I'm better now at finding joy in most things, but not perfect.
I realized many of my to-dos and responsibilities were either related to physical objects I owned or things I thought I should do, not things I wanted to do.
This post focuses on "decluttering" my actions and obligations.
I didn’t have the time or energy to do the things I wanted to do. Actually, I’m not sure I even knew what I wanted to do because I didn’t have (make) the time to really think about it.
I thought I should do:
- Do well in high school
- Get into college for something I had an interest in (started in Music Industry, switched to Elementary Ed. freshman year)
- Do well in college
- Do some internships and get some jobs here and there related or not related to my major
- Get a job that pays well and has benefits
I don’t regret doing the jobs and internships. I did learn a lot. I didn’t really enjoy them though and I thought I had to do them to show people I was a hard worker and that I was good at it. I was afraid to ask questions most of the time and that sometimes lead to making mistakes. I didn’t take a look at what my alternatives were to doing these types of jobs. I didn’t even really think about what it meant that I didn’t like them. I just thought that I needed to do a good job so that I could learn a lot and get a better job after I graduated. I thought I would eventually enjoy it enough and that would be life.
Had I reflected on my experiences, my thoughts, my feelings, my values, I might have come up with a more suitable plan.
I was just going through the motions of life as I thought I should because:
- I’m lucky to have a pretty comfortable and safe life
- I was lucky enough to get to go to college
- I picked a major I thought I wanted to pursue because it would pay enough, I would be making a difference, and it was socially accepted
- People I looked up to said to get a good job that takes care of you and you’ll have summers off and you can do what you want then and you can travel and marry another teacher and you can be home with your kids in the summer!
All of these things about teaching can be true, of course. However, people who give advice like this don’t necessarily know what’s best for YOU. For example, 1.) I don’t know if getting married is for me. 2.) I’m 75% sure having kids isn’t for me. 3.) I appreciate education but this system we have is wrong and I’m not really up to fixing it when there is other work to be done that I’m more excited about.
There’s some kind of saying that I can't recall about how you can tell the people who are doing what they’re doing for others by the disgruntled look on their faces. I think this means that if you’re doing something solely for someone else, and it doesn’t serve you, you’re not going to be happy.
I don't think a world full of martyrs would be a better, happier, healthier world. To emit a positive energy in this world, it’s important to take care of yourself. The healthier and happier you are, the better you can serve others. It’s doing it because you want to do it rather than because you have to or think you should.
Some of these people giving me advice were stuck in a fear and/or scarcity mentality rather than living from a perspective of limitless opportunities and abundance. Get the education so you can get the money and be safe. There’s plenty of room for everyone to be their authentic selves. This doesn’t mean everyone is going to make a living off of what they love doing most. As Elizabeth Gilbert (Big Magic & Eat, Pray, Love) advocates, it’s not fair to put such pressure on what you love to pay the bills. Do what you love while paying the bills in another way and eventually, maybe, one day it will sustain you. But maybe not, and that has to be ok. The key is finding other things you enjoy that you can do to pay the bills.
I don’t regret the way things have worked out because I’m here now, living with more intention and serving myself while serving others. I’m learning every day more about the world and more about myself.
Part of minimalism, for me, is cutting out the things that I don’t want to do. This has applied mostly to employment, but it also applies to social invitations. It allows me more time to learn about life, about myself, and more time to focus on building the life I'm aiming for while working at a job I enjoy.
Here is a video I made about my experience walking away from a more typical 9 to 5 type job.
I’ll have another post soon about how physical things relate to minimalism process.
What things have you done because you thought you should despite not wanting to?
I really like knowing what I’m going to wear. There is a thing called decision fatigue. It's why Steve Jobs wore the same thing every day. He saved his decision making power for more important matters.
I usually know what I’m going to wear because I only have a handful of each item in my wardrobe that I currently enjoy wearing. So it’s always just a combination of those things. They say most people wear 20% of their wardrobe. So why not only keep the 20% and donate or sell the rest?
These items are comfortable, good for work and/or hanging out, and I think they look pretty nice. But they’re not perfect and some of them are starting to look a little bit worn. Most of these items were purchased at UNIQLO, a department store, or a thrift store.
I’m working on investing in some clothing that is sustainably, ethically, and humanely made. (That’s a whole other blog post.) I’m using the INTO-MIND “Personal Style & The Perfect Wardrobe” workbook to help me discover my personal style and my perfect wardrobe. I want to feel awesome in all of my clothes. It’s funny that I feel like I have to use an 85 page workbook to do so. But hey, it’s a great workbook and I really need to see things step by step and on paper. I think if I put in the effort now, the reward will be long lasting and so worth it.
I like the idea of capsule wardrobes, where you have a small amount of pieces that fit your lifestyle and work well together. Some people have a capsule wardrobe for each season, some have two per year, and some I think create one capsule wardrobe for the entire year. Some people do 33 pieces per capsule wardrobe. Some people have more or less. I will see what feels right for me.
I think it makes the most sense to take my time creating one capsule wardrobe for the entire year. I want to own less and really get a lot of use out of each piece, especially if I’m going to be investing more money in each.
This means I will also have to take better care of my clothes, not letting them sit in the dryer for days to be wrinkled and then ironed. I think I will be more motivated to keep them nice because I will basically be in a long term relationship with them, having spent more money on them and loving them and all that…
What’s your wardrobe philosophy? Do you have one? Do you think you need one? Do you care about looking put together? Do you wear clothes? Come on people, let's talk.
This house is too much for me.
I can’t keep up.
The guinea pigs, the floors, the dishes, the laundry, the bathroom, the clutter.
I went through all of my things in April using the KonMari method and asked myself whether or not each item sparked joy. (There are some things in the basement that I didn’t include, like extra kitchen dishes and spices. I need to go through these things to eliminate clutter down there.)
I got rid of a lot of things that didn’t spark joy.
However, not all the systems I set up have lasted. This clearly means I need some new systems and places to put things away and perhaps even to further declutter my personal things.
I want to encourage my partner by being an example and show what it’s like to live without clutter. I think it’s just hard to see through all of the other clutter.
We are pretty busy. By busy, I mean we like to do things and we have jobs.
What we don’t like spending our time doing is cleaning up.
A piece of this puzzle is that permanently decluttering provides that clarity and space to actually clean the house regularly.
If we spend so much time putting things away, we don’t have much will power left to devote to cleaning the house.
So I’m trying to think of things I can do that benefit us both, without coming off as pushy or preachy.
- I can do it. People say, “If you want something done, do it yourself.” I agree. It’s a little bit tougher when what you want to do is to someone else’s things. I can make some piles and organize and when he has the time he can go through them. This might show what the place could look like if there were less things.
- I can better develop my own systems of storing my items in hopes of inspiring change.
- I can give up my dream of having a clutter free home.
- Just kidding I can’t do that. I WILL NEVER GIVE UP.
If I do something that helps, I will let you know.
Does anyone have any experience with this kind of thing? If so, please give me some insight!
Go to college. Get a job that pays well and offers good benefits. Do that thing forever until you die.
Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration of advice I have heard often. Nevertheless, many people of older generations live by this advice and see it as the only way. You see the world through your elders’ eyes until you figure out there are alternatives.
I want to do more than just one thing for the rest of my life. I want the freedom to decide what those things will be and how to do them.
I mentioned in my last video that I used to teach preschool. In June of this year I left that position voluntarily because I came to find that it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing.
Don’t get me wrong, I love helping children grow into happy and healthy individuals. That part was nice.
However, there were some aspects of the job that didn’t necessarily align with my values or help me live by those values. I woke up at 4:30am daily to get in some meditation, exercise, and a healthy breakfast. The commute was about an hour each way. I couldn’t use the bathroom when I needed to, which discouraged me from staying hydrated. The environment was a bit toxic. I went to bed at 8:30pm daily. I really didn’t have much of a life outside of work and my commute. Oh, and I can’t forget the lesson planning.
I think there’s a lot of work we need to do in the education/child care field if we want our children to be well taken care of, educated intelligently by happy and healthy teachers, all at an affordable price for families. I just realized that this wasn’t the fight I wanted to fight during my time here on earth.
I took some time to really “speak with my intuition” and find out what I really wanted. I discovered what I really wanted to do was help people be more mindful, reduce animal suffering on this planet, promote a healthy lifestyle, and enjoy my day to day life.
So I quit.
I saved two and a half months worth of money and I quit.
Many people would recommend saving for much more money than that before one quits a job without having another lined up. Perhaps 6 months worth or even a year. Perhaps more! The more you can save, the better.
I chose to leave the position when I did because I just knew in my gut it was time. I think I made a good decision.
It’s scary to even think about leaving a job that you’ve been doing for years or a job that is safe, predictable, maybe even comfortable in a sense, and puts food on the table.
However, for me it was scarier to imagine being at that job that didn’t serve me for even a month more.
I knew that I would find a way to create income while doing something that was healthier and more in line with my values.
Almost immediately after quitting my job, I had an idea to create a product that would help promote daily mindfulness. It was something that I was looking for, that I couldn’t find anywhere. So I made it!
I worked on this product during July and August. During these two months I also spent a lot of time with friends and family. And I searched for a more appropriate job because my funds were quickly running out.
I looked into several different positions and applied to the ones that would allow me the time and flexibility I wanted to be able to work on my mindfulness project.
I settled into a nannying job that requires less of a commute, less hours per week, and only $100 less a month than I was used to at the preschool. Perfect!
I now work Monday through Thursday, 11am-6pm, and am loving it.
I get up around 6 or 7am. I meditate, journal, exercise, make breakfast, spend a little time with the cat and my boyfriend. I do some work on my projects, listen to music, and I head to work.
When I return from work, I have dinner, spend some time with my cat and my boyfriend, maybe go for a walk, watch a show, do some more work or read, have some tea, and get to bed by 10 or 11. And Thursday is my Friday so I have all day Friday to work on my projects, work on the house, see family and friends, whatever. It is a dream come true.
I’m sharing this because everyone should be so lucky to have time to actually enjoy life and do work that is personally meaningful.
Some resources that helped me quit my 9-5 job and come to this new lifestyle include: The Lively Show (podcast), The Rich Roll Podcast, The Smart Passive Income Podcast, “The Four Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss (book), “Linchpin” by Seth Godin (book), and “Essentialsim” by Greg McKeown (book).
Now I’m not saying that I’m going to try to sustain this exact routine and position for years to come. I’m working on building financial independence so that I can use all of my time to (as stated above) help people be more mindful, live healthier, reduce animal suffering, and enjoy my day to day life. But I am certainly content with this life while I strive for more. A tricky balance to strike that takes daily reflection and focus.
What do you want out of your life? Have you asked yourself? Are you working towards it? I’d love to know!
There was a time not so long ago when my sink would overflow with dirty dishes to the point where there were no dishes left to use and I couldn’t fit the one clean cup under the faucet to fill it with chlorinated city tap water.
I want to share something that has dramatically reduced the time I spend staring at and washing dirty dishes in my house. I think this will be helpful whether you have a dishwasher or not. Maybe if you put this tip to use, you’ll find yourself opting for the hand wash! Ok, ok… that’s nuts.
Or is it?
The trick is, keep one of each utensil, plate, bowl, etcetera in your kitchen for each person in your household. Just one per person. That’s all you need. (In addition to a serving bowl or two and a pot and pan and whatever else you USE to prepare your food.)
This doesn’t mean you need to throw away or donate your extras, but maybe put them in a box and keep them in a closet, basement, or under your bed to use when you have company. If you hate entertaining, why not get rid of them?
(Honestly, we keep a few extra mugs and glasses. We could probably move some to storage to free up more space and time.)
It’s up to you to decide the best dishwashing procedure for you. I live with one other person. We have two of most things and the dishes take five minutes. If you have more people it might take another minute or two.
Here are some great ideas: Everyone washes their own things either 1) when they’re finished using them, or 2) whenever they want but they have to wash them because no one else is going to freaking do it.**
What will you do with all of this free time?
**I (most often) routinely wash all the dishes each day with a smile because it only takes 5 minutes and he takes out the trash/recycling and cleans the bathroom. Team work.
If you try this, let me know how it works out for you in the comments! I’d also love to hear other tips for keeping the kitchen manageable!
Storing my clothes this way has reduced the amount that has ended up on my floor and couch - clean or dirty.
In the book, she writes that you'll know when the amount of things you own and the way you are storing those things "clicks" into place by how easy it is for you to maintain it. I think I'm on my way, but hope to get rid of some more of the clothes I still don't wear and invest in some higher quality, more versatile pieces.
In the upcoming month or two I will be building a capsule wardrobe for the cooler seasons.
Do you have a capsule wardrobe or want to build one? If so, how many pieces do you want to include? Please let me know in a comment.