If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know I have a fascination with capsule wardrobes (one of the posts even made it into the wikipedia entry for capsule wardrobe), but I have also said many times that I could never live with one – I’m not a minimalist and I love all my clothes and other things too much, even if I only wear them once a year.
But I’m sort of coming round to it after having minimalism more or less imposed on me. First i was in Brussels with a minimal wardrobe and now we’ve got loads of stuff in storage because of trying to sell the flat, and that includes about 70% of my clothes. And the stuff I kept out is ever shrinking as I get bigger and non-maternity clothes don’t fit me any more. This is what I currently have:
- Two trousers
- One pair of leggings
- Three skirts
- Four long sleeve tshirt tops
- Four shirts
- One vest top
- Four cardigans
- Nine dresses/tunics
I realise that’s not actually not much less than what most people will have in their wardrobes anyway, especially with the dresses, and I should point out that I do also have more non-mama vest tops and long sleeve tshirts that I wear under things, though I couldn’t wear them by themselves without freezing my bump off. But for me this is little indeed.
Probably because my mind is on other things, I haven’t got bored with my options yet and I think I’ll be able to keep going til the birth without getting too annoyed at wearing the same things. I think I can tolerate it better because I know it’s temporary.
The other thing that I thought would annoy me is the washing. When you’ve got loads of clothes, it’s perfectly fine to just let the laundry pile up, but when you only have two pairs of trousers and they are both dirty, then you can’t wear trousers. And we do have to do washing all the time, but we kind of need to do that anyway to keep things tidy for the flat viewings. Plus Dave and I have finally decided to fully merge our laundry, so we always have full loads. It’s taken us 11 years of cohabitation to get to this point because Dave always wanted to wash everything on the cotton setting and I preferred the synthetic one even for cotton. But we got there (compromise: my way. It’s cheaper and better for the environment).
I’m still not sold at all on having such a small wardrobe forever and ever, but I could actually see myself doing a version of this where I only have a small part of my wardrobe out at any one time and the rest in storage. And then swap them round every three months This would mean that the clothes get used more intensively and might get worn out, in which case they can be retired. This is another thing I’m quite into at the moment: using things up. All those noodles and tins of beans in our kitchen cupboard: they’re getting eaten!
Now what happens after the baby appears is a different story. Because I really don’t have many nursing appropriate clothes! But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it!
photo source: I looked for ages for pictures of organised wardrobes but nothing really worked, so you get this instead.