Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year's Resolutions

I'm not a huge fan of New Year's resolutions. In general I think that they are usually made in good faith, but most of us give up on them pretty soon after the New Year. It's because real change is hard to make. We are such creatures of habit. But I do usually take some time after the New Year to look at my life and think about where my priorities lie, and what kinds of things I would like to change to try to more closely live the life I'd like to live.

So in the spirit of re-evaluating, here are the things that I'd like to focus on this year.

First, I want to read more. I really do love to read. I always have, since I was a little girl. But I end up spending a lot of time in front of the TV on Facebook or something similar. It's not that I don't have time to read per se, but I take time that I could have to read and then waste it on other things. Like Facebook. There is nothing wrong with Facebook, and I'm not giving it up, but I don't need to be on it all. the. time.

Second - continue to simplify my life. We started cleaning things out, but got stalled after the clothes were done. Life just sort of got in the way. I don't think we've moved backwards, but we need to keep moving forwards. So I want to take some time to continue to purge things and simplify my daily life and reduce clutter. So much of the "crazy" the I feel is due to the unmanageability of my life. I come home and there is crap everywhere. Max is always going to make a huge mess. That seems to be his main goal in life. But I don't need to have my crap lying around for weeks on end to add to the clutter.

I think that's it. No need to overcomplicate things :)

And in regards to my last post. I haven't fallen off the capsule wardrobe bandwagon. But I had lost a bunch of weight and then got pregnant, so I think a true capsule wardrobe is on hold until after this second baby comes and I can get back in shape, which could be awhile, lol.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

All Year Long...

So, I think I'm going to revamp my capsule for a year-long capsule. I think I will decide on a number of sweaters/shirts/skirts/pants/jeans etc... that I need. Then I will go from there. There is not much I need now except new work pants, so I have a Stitch Fix coming next week for that ;)

I will start with what I have. Then fill in gaps as I find them. And keep my budget to $250 on clothes per quarter.

I'm sure there will be some adjusting as things go on. I'm trying to keep my central mantra of "Less is more" in mind. It's about making a mental switch to value things you have. Think about what you buy. And only buy what you truly need.

I will keep you updated :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Capsule So Far...

So, there have been a few hiccups. I realize what people are saying - when you live in a climate with 4 seasons, it can be difficult. The temps here have been anywhere from feeling like fall to 90+ degrees. Also, I started on a new diet and exercise regimen, and now none of my pants for work fit anymore. So I'm not sure I'll be able to make it to November before buying new ones. I also have been looking in my closet and thinking that I had some really great clothes, and was I ever going to get a chance to wear them again? Or would they "not make the cut"?

I was searching, searching for someone who lived in a climate more like mine (not Texas, no LA) that has done a capsule wardrobe. I found one lady. Her workaround was that she made a capsule wardrobe for the entire year. There was no switching out. Every few months she could change out some clothes if she felt necessary, but overall keep the same number of clothes. I thought that was an interesting idea.

The blog post here is from a woman who lives in Ohio. She had done a capsule wardrobe for spring and summer and done well, but was having difficulty when it got to fall. Because she just couldn't always do the temperature swings. And, truly, there are some things that just are good year round.

So, I'm trying to figure out how to better make this work for me. I've thought about just putting all of my current clothes into a capsule. One that includes work and play. And see how many items we are talking about. Then go from there. Keep a budget for how much money to spend on my clothes in a year, and make purchases as I go. If I buy something, something else has to go. There may be a few exceptions to that rule, but it will keep you from getting waaaay too many things. and it makes you look at your prospective purchase in a different light.

For now, I will continue on with my current capsule. But things may change a bit here in the next few months... we'll just have to see.