6.4.10

Magical Clean-Out

It all started when I saw my friend wearing the lightest of camel-brown cashmere sweaters. 'It’s Chloe' she said, 'one of my new basics. I’m so fed up with my chaotic wardrobe. I'm doing a big clean-up and from now on I’m only going to buy things that go with each other.'

I ran home enthusiastically 'Perfect idea! Time for a wardrobe spring-clean. I'll also put together a capsule wardrobe!' (I even checked; a capsule wardrobe consists of 12-15 items which can all be mixed and matched.) After having taken out everything I only put back what I really, really need. Then I counted: 5 jeans, 6 trousers, 3 blazers, 3 other jackets, 10 skirts, 18 blouses and shirts, 12 dresses = 57 pieces... Somehow the concept of a capsule wardrobe doesn’t seem to work for me.

Are you working with the idea of a basic wardrobe and go from there or is it all one big mess of clothes?

57 comments:

The Zhush said...

You are so right about this! I really need to clean up my act, and go through my closet! Great post.

vint junky said...

Ah part of me would love to have a good capsule wardrobe but i think deep down i would get bored with the same things, i'm waaaaay to much of a hoarder!

xxx

SabinePsynopsis said...

Exactly! I also find it hard to let go...

Maddy said...

Now that I'm losing weight, I'll have an excuse to buy all new STUFF!! Can you tell I'm excited??! I have so many ideas for my new wardobe! I think a new clothes is my biggest weight loss motivator now :)

Elizabeth said...

Girl, I just keep everything until I inevitably ruin it in the wash.

Fashionistable said...

Oh I find it so difficult to throw/give clothes away. Even if I havent worn them for years I think Mmmm maybe.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

I dream of a huge walk-in!
Cedar wood lining~
LOVE the acid-neon photo!
xo

nookie said...

uhmm, one big mess of clothes:))

rossovelvet said...

Did that at the end of summer last year... changed my life ! As I'm not hyperorganized or maniacal (color arrangement would be impossible) I did a separation between winter and summer and then categorized 4 types: 'Basics' / 'Cold' / 'Warm' (finally it's still about the colors!!) / 'Eighties/Other' .... so grey and acid yellow go together, brown and mustard too.... it's perfect even if tee-shirts and pants and skirts are mixed because I simply have to combine types within a type or with the help of the 'basics'... and then another good tip if you need one is to make a 'scale' with the jackets (I have more jackets than tops!), it makes things really simple !

So sorry about this terrible me-talk, but I'm actually proud of my new gardrobe XD

SabinePsynopsis said...

Fashionistable - Me too!!!

Lenore - Above is the reason for a huge walk-in closet. I loved them when we lived in the States. Cedarwood lining sounds like a nice bonus.

rossovelvet - I do the summer/winter thing (even do the colour coding, but don't tell anyone, it just sounds too much like Monika from Friends). I own a surprising high number of jackets, too; but how do I 'scale' them?

Rock N Revolution said...

Do I see some Hermes boxes back there?sanszie

SabinePsynopsis said...

Yeap. Content: My sewing things...

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

i need to an my closet too!

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Jamie said...

Thanks so much, I don't think there is an coolcat in the uk too.. it's dutch. I Have made bloglovin acc a few months ago.. I don't now if it exist anymore but I'm going to check out that and you hear from me soon then!

kisses

Miss Red said...

i want a chloe coat! i have a lot of pieces but they all go together pretty well because they're in the same color group. so no capsule for me.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oooh mine's definitely one big mess. I have a huge walk in closet full of clothes but the thing is I never look at the clothes on the large rack that runs the length of the closet. I only wear the clothes that I have on a smaller much more manageable rack. In reality I probably only wear about 20% of what I own. I'm ready for a huge clean out that I'm targeting to start this weekend. I feel lighter already just thinking about it :)

Jamie said...

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kisses

Jamie said...

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kisses

Glam Girl said...

Nice wardrobe!

Couture Carrie said...

Good for you, darling!

xoxox,
CC

xoxoKrysten said...

I so need to clean my closet. One day...

notjustmedical said...

Mines is a big mess of clothes that I actually spring clean 3 times a year, but yet still doesn't get any cleaner. I find it hard to let go of things, but I know I have to do it. A capsule wardrobe sounds great, but I would never know which to choose!

S
http://notjustmedical.wordpress.com

Pop Champagne said...

I try to keep organized but now I got too much clothes to be organized! but I don't wnt to throw stuff out either.... sigh!

Lauren Goddard said...

I clean out my wardrobe every month and if I haven't worn it in that month, it goes to my sister! haha.

x x x

annamargrete said...

I always try to have a certain system in my wardrobe, but it fails. I have too many clothes. I don't even know what I have! It's like a new adventure every time I go through my clothes - I always find something "new". But I can't get rid of it either, I like my clothes, it's like my babies.

Dancing Branflake said...

My friend just gave me a brilliant idea. I have issues letting go of my clothes (as a dancer, you can always use them as rehearsal clothes). But she puts all her "I don't really wear but I don't want to give up" clothes in a bin and slides it under her bed. I seriously need to do that because I have so much clothes it's ridiculous. Great post, very motivating.

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

This is the season to rejuvenate one's wardrobe when the flowers are bursting to life.

mumbles said...

ahahah I know what you mean, all my friends's wardrobes are a mess, completely full of clothes like they were going to explode


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Mat said...

all the stuff i'm into at the moment is in one place which does make it easy. but putting stuff with stuff that works all together is an even better idea, im doing it!

Make Do Style said...

I'm working towards it! I do agree that less is more and requires more creativity but it is hard to be so ruthless!

Style Odyssey said...

The capsule concept doesn't work for me, either. I feel too...creative with my wardrobe, I guess. Or maybe I have fashion schizophrenia! ;)

Nevertheless, I'll probably have to do a clear-out soon, which I rejoin the rest of my wardrobe (moving soon to the mainland, and my stuff is currently in 2 different countries, 3 closets!)

INTRO TO MY LIFE said...

hey, i love your blog and thanks for posting this, i to need to get that spring cleaning started lol

The Red Umbrella said...

It's a bit of both around here. It's hard to be a minimalist!

Alicia said...

i definitely need to do a little spring cleaning in my closet. but it's hard to part with some items, i usually end up hanging on to them - just in case!

Classic Copenhagen said...

Oh, the wardrobe. I was invited by The Considered Ensemble to reveal my picks of today, and it really made me rethink things. So I have been throwing angry glances at my entire wardrobe, and decided I want to only own and wear favorite pieces. I almost feel like life is too short to wear compromise-outfits...

(PS! I cut of the suspenders of my H&M Rykiel jumpsuit today, sorry Sonia.)

Juliet said...

Perfect idea!

juliet xxx

Jen said...

My wardrobe is a disgrace. Every 6 months I'll sort it out - dresses at one end, jeans at the other, tops and blouses in between... and a day later, everything's mixed up. My shoes are worse. They're just in a big, messy heap!

Claudia said...

Thanks for the comment!
I always put my clothes 'in storage' when the seasons change, then I forget they're there and just buy more.
Mine's very organised choas! :D

naomemandeflores said...

That reminds me: I HAVE to organize my wardrobe! It's a mess!

Phoenix said...

Damn, I'm totally in the same boat. I have a crapload of clothes and I'd love to just get back to basics. Then I try to clean out everything and I've only gotten rid of like four items.

Grrrr.... I WILL conquer that closet one day!

drollgirl said...

welllllllllllllllllll....i have two clothes closets. i just switched out the fall and winter stuff, and put the spring and summer stuff in the main closet. of course it is jam packed and freshly organized (within reason) and i still can't figure out what to wear half the time.

i typically give away a TON of clothes every year, but i am trying to be careful about that. so many things go out of style, and then come right back in.

i think you are pretty young, so you probably can't relate to this, but i'm SUPPOSEDLY trying to buy less stuff, better quality stuff, and less trendy stuff. but DAMN everything is so expensive, so that isn't always practical.

yada yada. sorry for writing a book here!

Le Sigh of a Fashionista said...

Oh totally one big hot mess....well really several hot messes spread across three closets. :)

Mouthwash said...

oh hun....I tried! I really can't do it! I get too attached to some items even though I never wear them. it's tough! But for those who can do it, i say major kudos! I think I need to streamline my closet a bit though!


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Kiyo said...

My closet definitely needs to be cleaned out...I can't seem to be able to let go of things I don't wear but have memories of :(
Love the first photo!

Marz said...

I've been needing to go through my closet for AGES but have been dreading it. Ugh, but it will be done soon. I may even blog about it :)
ps, I just wanted to thank you for your kind comment on my blog, it really meant a lot to me :)

Angie Muresan said...

That acid neon photo is so cool!
I wish I could be as organized as your friend, but I'm not. I have a few basic pieces that I wear from year to year, but overall my closet is a big mess, even though it is a walk-in one.

Ioana Liliana Gheorghe said...

Wow . . . the first pic is so psychedelic, good one. You are so welcomed! I love your style, so it was a natural move to add you :) Btw, thanks for adding me too, hope I'm being helpful/inspiring. xx

yiqin; said...

I need to start packing my room =x

nuheila said...

I think i already have a capsule wardrobe,i can mix and match everything in my closet.Most of my clothes are black so it's quite easy.
Love your photo!

Nuheila

Haute World said...

I'm awful at cleaning up and the only reason I have done so in the past was because I moved apartments/countries a lot. I think it makes more sense to either have a capsule wardrobe by occasion (i.e. a work, evening, weekend, party etc. version) or by season. But considering I find fashion to be an expression of one's personality and mood, I'd find it hard to pick just a dozen items to represent 'me' for a long duration of time.

P.S. You live in London, right? I'll be there in two weeks. Care to meet for a coffee or some shopping? ;-)

SabinePsynopsis said...

HW - Love to! I'll drop you an email to organize... x

LadyNoir said...

Interesting:):)

A PIECE OF PASSION said...

I have way to many things in my closet and I want everything, so, no cleaning out my closet for me :)

A PIECE OF PASSION

Lenka James said...

ahah I love this post it reminds me of my wardrobe...Every winter and spring I try to clean it, and only keep good basics that I could wear with everything but it seems that I am too attached to my clothes its difficult for me to get rid of these clothes, I just can't...But it was worth the try

stacey kelly said...

what a neat idea!! i want to do this.

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OneCraftyFox said...

Hilarious! I have a few staple pieces, the rest is a big mess, and the items I cherish the most are the ones I sew myself.

Raji said...

Haha
I neeeed to do that, Im a big mess person. Once I make space for the capsule kind of wardrobe, I end up just refilling it with more clothes that need to be matched with more more clothes etc etc leading to an endless cycle of buying and non capsuling the wardrobe :(
In short; fail.