Once upon a time, our young family rented a vacation home.
Okay, it wasn’t this one, but your mind just took a vacation (didn’t it?) so you’re welcome!
As we initially inspected the house, I opened up cabinets and closets looking at what was available to us. And to my shock and delight, there was a lot of empty space. And the realization that we had just what we needed to get by.
To all of you who were born organized, you already know the truth of what came to dawn in my mind.
That the best way to live is living like you are on vacation!
With not a lot of things to hinder and clutter, but rather be freed up to do what we our real life priorities are.
I wanted to live like that 365, but in all these years have not made the progress that I hoped. So it was very helpful how Clutter Free Academy put a number – 500! – on it. And now I am off and running with a goal to get rid of 500 things and hearing a victory cheer when I toss something into the “Donate” pile or trash!
To declutter our life with “things” gives a clear mind to focus on what really matters in life. A big part of decluttering and streamlining our life is with our wardrobe.
Think about how much time we spend on our clothes!
Which is why a “capsule wardrobe”, a concept developed by Susie Faux and promoted by Project333 makes so much sense. Caroline Rector defines it as, “…a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.”.
It is so intuitive that I am wondering why I didn’t think of it before! I am hearing of women having their daily “uniform” to take a lot of time and stress off to not have the daily worry of what to wear. While a few woman may wear the same thing to work every day, most have their capsule be adaptable and geared to the few types of activities we have in our life.
Caroline makes some excellent points in theeverygirl.com :
As well as saying,
One of the components of living more focused is through living more purposefully. Rather than chasing after clothes, it is liberating to have clothes serve us, who we are and what we want to accomplish. I think when we experience living with less, we do find that we are able to be more grateful and have a better line of vision.
It is the often simple acts that get us started on a new path, as Caroline says,
As I am getting rid of 500 things, the biggest numbers are coming from my closet. And I can testify that I am feeling more confident by defining who I am and having less stress and more time. I am also loving feeling great about everything that I put on – and having goals that as I sell things to consignment, I will be saving for classic, key pieces that will serve me well over the years.
I will be sharing with you every week my progress on my “500” list and developing my capsule wardrobe. And sleeping better every night!
Please share if this has sparked inspiration with you or think it will for someone else!
(photos compiled from francescomugnai.com)