But let me back up to where this began. First, I've seen quite a few fellow bloggers and IG friends trying out the whole capsule wardrobe thing (if you haven't heard about it, you should read about it here because it's way cool!). There's a whole lot of reasons to try something like this, but what struck me as really cool about it is only needing less than 40 items for an entire season.
The second thing that happened was I was talking with a group of friends one night about the whole idea of being content with what you have and living in the moment. You know, that stuff we all remember to do 100% of the time. Not! At least not me. I sometimes do a terrible job of being content, taking time to be thankful and count my blessings, and allowing that attitude to infect my state of being and also propel me to help others. I'm all for improving your situation, don't get me wrong. I'm a goal oriented, future-dreaming kind of gal. But trying to find ways to be content with life as it is right now, in the present tense, is something I forget to make an effort to do sometimes. And I'd like to work on that in 2015.
Obviously, there's a million and one ways to try to involve this kind of thinking in your life. And I think that's what got me thinking about the whole capsule wardrobe thing. I thought, you know, keeping to a set amount of clothing is kind of a daily reminder to be content with what you have, to really appreciate the clothes on your back.
Then Elsie showed me this little trick for sorting/cleaning out your closet. You add a ribbon (or yarn) to one side of all your clothes, and when you wear something, you move that article of clothing to the other side of the ribbon. The goal is to wear everything in your closet. This can help you recognize items that you just don't wear, or it might force you to wear something you impulse bought or have had a long time that just doesn't fit you well. So I tried this during the last month and a half, and I loved it! It helped me wear more of the clothes I already had, and it sort of opened my eyes to all the clothes I already have and love but don't wear often enough.
So, I'm keeping with the ribbon method for now. I feel sort of silly sharing all that as I think this would be way more interesting if I was making some kind of more extreme resolution, like:
I'm not buying anything for a whole year!
I'm donating all my shoes except one pair and wearing only those all year!
I'm only wearing a burlap sack I got on sale at a thrift store… for a whole year!
Yeah, I'm boring because I'm really not doing a lot of strict rules. For example, my birthday is at the end of January, and every year my grandmother takes me to the mall to buy something new. She does this with all her grandkids (we usually get lunch too, so it's a great time to connect with my grandmother). I usually end up getting a new pair of jeans or shoes and I don't think that this hinders my ability to be thankful for what I already have. So I didn't really want to make any rules that were unnecessary to my overall goal—to appreciate what's already right in front of me.
For me, I just want a little reminder that I already have so much. I'm so lucky, and my daily attitude should reflect that. If I want to go to the mall with a friend one night to shop for fun, that's OK, but I'll know that I don't need another plaid shirt no matter what it costs (I already have three!). It might surprise you, but I'm not that big of a shopper anyway. My thing is I want to make sure that I really wear everything I own, or I should be donating it. If I do buy something new, it should be something I really need. And the big goal is to be thankful for what I already have. In all areas, but clothing is an easy, daily reminder since we have to get dressed everyday. So, that's why I'm doing the ribbon method this year (over and over as I go through my clothes) and now you know why.
If you've never tried the ribbon method before, I highly recommend it. Or if you have your own closet resolution that you're trying this year, feel free to share as I'd love to hear about it. Thanks for letting me babble about clothes for a while. 🙂 xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.