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Creating a Capsule Wardrobe for a More Streamlined Closet

Creating a capsule wardrobe is all about thoughtfully selecting a simple set of timeless, neutral clothing items that work well together. This allows you to create a slew of unique outfits with a limited number of high-quality pieces.

The purpose of a capsule wardrobe is to love every outfit you wear while conserving closet space and saving money. Do it right, and it won’t look as though you’re wearing the same thing every day. It takes time to create a capsule wardrobe, but once you’re finished, you may find it fits your budget and lifestyle perfectly. Here’s how to create a capsule wardrobe to give you a month’s worth of cute outfits with fewer than 20 pieces of clothing.

Clear out your closet.

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t love every piece of clothing in your closet. However, odds are you wear only 20 percent of your wardrobe 80 percent of the time. Why is this? It could be that you purchase items based on price. However, it doesn’t matter if a shirt is only $5—if you aren’t in love with it, don’t buy it. It will quickly migrate to the back of your closet and collect dust with your other “so-so” purchases from over the years.

Before you create your capsule wardrobe, clear out anything from your closet that you never wear. Be brutally honest during this process if you want a successful outcome.

Make a checklist of the clothing items you need.

Assess the clothes you have left to get a sense of your preferred aesthetic and practical needs. Then, determine what’s missing. Depending on your climate and lifestyle, your capsule wardrobe checklist might consist of the following:

  • Skinny jeans
  • Dark or colored jeans
  • Black leggings
  • Denim or khaki shorts
  • Maxi dress
  • Striped tee or tank top
  • Neutral or white tee
  • Button-down shirt
  • Neutral cardigan
  • Jean jacket
  • Neutral vest
  • Sandals
  • Low-heel boots
  • Casual sneakers
  • Heels
  • Colorful scarf

Feel free to modify your list to better suit your tastes and lifestyle. If you already have some of these items in your closet, check them off the list.

Set a budget.

Finding high-quality clothing doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank. In fact, the whole point of creating a capsule wardrobe is to avoid buying new clothes every season. If you pick timeless, quality-made items you absolutely love, your capsule wardrobe will serve you well for years. Inexpensive retailers like Target, Old Navy, Kohl’s, and JCPenney are good places to look if you’re shopping on a tight budget.

Go shopping!

Avoid the urge to impulse buy. Do you remember how you ended up with a closet full of clothes you don’t like? Prevent making this mistake again by sticking to the items on your list and only making a purchase if it fits your needs exactly. It may take a few weeks and several trips to different retailers to make it happen, but you’ll be so pleased when you find the most comfortable, durable, flattering items to add to your capsule wardrobe.

Clean up other parts of your house.

You’ll experience a deep sense of satisfaction once your closet is concise and organized. Bring this calm, peaceful feeling to the rest of your home with help from Molly Maid. Our professional housekeepers can clear away cobwebs, deep-clean your bathroom, and mop the floors, resulting in a fresh, tidy space you can truly relax in—without lifting a finger to do the work yourself!

To request a free in-home estimate for professional house cleaning services near you, please contact your local Molly Maid or call us at (888) 583-6490.

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