Packing and creating a de facto capsule collection

Right now, it feels like my life — at least on weekends and after work — is focused on packing and getting Stuff. Out. Of. The. House. We are packing in preparation for both (a) moving and (b) selling our house. And of course, this means getting things messy before they can get organized and packed up, as exhibited below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a mess while packing

Clothing and shoes and purses, oh my! But once I packed up everything and organized what was left in my closet, things felt more orderly. Whew! I tucked packed-up boxes into the closet for a few days until our pod arrived.

Tackling my wardrobe was one of the first things I did when we started packing, and it helped get me into the swing of packing and making decisions.

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing and creating a de facto capsule collection

What was left was, essentially, a de facto capsule collection. Not sure what a “capsule collection” is? It’s also known as a “capsule wardrobe,” and it’s been a trend amongst bloggers the last few years. (It’s also a fashion term that originated in the 1970s and was made popular in the 1980s by American fashion designer Donna Karan. You can read more about that here.) Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey also wrote a guest blog on this site last summer about adapting her own capsule wardrobe, and described the trend as this:  “basically a capsule wardrobe is when you narrow your closet to a certain number of pieces … and wear only those for a season.”

Let me get one thing out of the way:  capsule collections have never been my thing. I love remixing, but I also like to have choices. Thinking about limiting myself to a capsule collection makes my head hurt. (I like reading about them from other people, though!) So instead of setting out to keep X number of tops and X number of bottoms, etc., I just whittled down clothing items by packing up those items that were either out-of-season (sweaters, coats, tall boots, etc.) or things that didn’t seem to remix as easily as other items in my wardrobe (most of my dresses), until I got down to what felt like a manageable amount of clothing left.

I also had to keep some items out to wear for my remaining weeks of work, as well as more casual clothing items to anticipate wearing during summer. I tried to pare down to items that could serve double-duty, like denim jackets, but I didn’t force myself into a set number of items. I left most of my cardigans out and all of my scarves, because those are items that easily change up an outfit and add some color and/or pattern. (And hopefully help me still contribute to upcoming SIA challenges!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing and creating a de facto capsule collection

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing and creating a de facto capsule collection

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing and creating a de facto capsule collection

And below are my remaining shoes for the time being: a mixture of practical, comfy, and neutral options.

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing and creating a de facto capsule collection (shoes)

I also packed up almost all my jewelry, leaving out my wedding rings and these pairs of drop earrings (one crystal pair and one topaz pair) and studs (one silver pair and one black pair):

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing and creating a de facto capsule collection (jewelry)

As I promised in my most recent monthly budget post, I have been setting aside some clothing to donate, as you can see below. I have at least two bags of clothing items to donate, as well as this brown tote bag (which never made it to the blog). The clothing items I’m donating include a pink striped hi-lo skirt that I wore for New Year’s Eve 2014, seen here, as well as my ponte knit, leather-striped leggings (which were just a bit too small), seen here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Packing and donating clothes

And there you have it, my attempt at trying to balance packing up my wardrobe and leaving enough outfits for both the end of work and the upcoming summer months. What are your thoughts? Have you ever put together a capsule wardrobe — on purpose or by default like I had to? Please leave a comment and share your experiences. 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Packing and creating a de facto capsule collection

  1. The Vizsla Chronicles

    I am in the middle of a move so have put together a capsule wardrobe, too. Mine is for three radically different climates…North Carolina, Colorado and Chicago. I’m doing so-so with my choices, and am fighting the urge to shop for more t-shirts and shorts as the muggy NC summer has hit a tad early.

    Hope you enjoy Tacoma…I grew up in Seattle, and I love the Puget Sound region. And good luck/best wishes with selling your house!.

  2. happinessatmidlife

    I can’t do capsules, my other clothes start to scream wear me wear me 🙂 I have zero discipline and like to wear what ever I am in the mood for.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


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