My Capsule Wardrobe – Summer 2016

All my clothes in one pile. Who knew I had so much stuff!?

One of my goals is to say no to some things, so I can have the time and space to say yes to the things I love and want to do.

After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by  Marie Kondo in the summer of 2015, a friend and I tidied our homes.  We would text each other pictures as we gathered like items from all over our houses and sort them – keeping only what we needed and loved.

A year later I am using the things I love and not spending time shopping, cleaning, dusting and moving around things I don’t.

New new closet with 33 pieces of clothes

This summer I decided to take it a step further with Project 333 Challenge.  The rules were:

  1. Choose 33 pieces of clothes to wear for 3 months.
  2. This includes shoes, purses and coats.
  3. This does not include exercise clothes, underwear or pajamas.
  4. I didn’t include church/funeral clothes and the jewelry.
  5. Choose pieces that you can mix and match.  I choose blue and purple with pops of orange.

Here’s what my closet looked like:

  • 7 tank tops
  • 7 t-shirts
  • 2 sleeveless light sweaters
  • 3 sweaters  (light long sleeve, light short sleeve, heavy long sleeve)
  • 2 pair shorts
  • 2 sundresses
  • 1 long sundress
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 skort
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 1 capri pants
  • 1 purse
  • 4 shoes (1 dress sandal, 3 casual)

Positive Takeaways

  • Empty space in my brain -not having to think about what I was going to wear each day.
  • Feeling confident – everything in my closet fit me and I felt comfortable wearing it.
  • Not shopping – I actually felt like I had more clothes in my closet than when my walk-in closet was stuffed.
  • Compliments -I got more compliments than when I was choosing from a closet full of clothes
  • Lifestyle – I realized that even thought I prefer to dress up, my lifestyle is casual.
  • Laundry – I had less laundry to do.  I still don’t understand why-but I did.

Negative Takeaways

  • Choices –I felt like I had lots of choices the first two months, but by August I felt like I was wearing some of the same clothes over and over.
  • I didn’t wear all the clothes –  We had a hot summer so I didn’t wear the jeans, capris, heavy sweater or tee shirts. I didn’t wear the skort, light short-sleeve sweater or one of the casual sandals much at all. A little tweaking next summer should solve the negatives.
  • Long Tank Tops –  At 5’11” the one I have just aren’t long enough
I’ve realized that every item I own comes with two price tags.  The purchase price and the ongoing cost of cleaning, organizing, storing and thinking about it. I choose to keep things that I love and are useful to me so I can have more time to do the things I want to.


What do you think?  Does this sound like something you’d like to try or does it sound too crazy to you?



  1. I just went through my own clothes… nothing so radical as you, of course! I wonder if this post would be a good place to mention the fact that if you pare down on clothes, you can share your closet with your hubbie and use the free one for prayers! 😉

    I appreciate how you organize your thoughts. Your posts are so easy to follow.

    • That is a good point – the huge pile of clothes in the pic above? I weeded through them the week before I watched War Room and then begged my husband for his closet. No way would I have had room to fit all his clothes in mine if God hadn’t been clearing the path ahead of time. Isn’t it awesome how He does that?!

      I imagine your closet expedition wasn’t as daunting because you are already pretty minimalist by nature. I’m getting there 🙂

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