6 Steps to Creating A Capsule Wardrobe

For years I’ve admired the simplicity of a capsule wardrobe, but creating one of my own seemed so hard. How on earth was I supposed to get down to just 39 articles of clothing?  Here’s how I did it:
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1.I started by tossing everything that I hadn’t worn in the past 6 months in the donate pile. I did it super quick so that I didn’t have time to get all nostalgic and change my mind.

2.Everything that didn’t fit, or that I didn’t like was tossed next. NO exceptions. Don’t keep it because you might one day fit back into it. IF you lose weight in the future then treat yourself to new clothes. With shoes and accessories, I only kept what would work with any outfit. The sandals that only looked good with one shirt was tossed.  Every item in a capsule wardrobe needs to be interchangeable.

3. After I tossed the clothes that didn’t fit into the donate pile I took everything out of my closet and set it on my bed.

4.From there I put ONE favorite article of clothing in each category back in my closet. So, 1 shirt went back in, 1 pair of pants went back in, etc.

5. I set aside the rest of the clothes that were on my bed and tried to wear only what was in my closet for 1 week. It was challenging, but I realized that I didn’t need so many pairs of jeans and shorts, but I did need at least 3 shirts to rotate through. I then added the few extra shirts that I needed to my closet and moved on to step 6.

6. I watched Hoarders to gain some inspiration, then shoved all of the clothes that weren’t in my closet into garbage bags and drove them to the donation center before I could change my mind. It was so freeing! I haven’t regretted it like I thought I would. Getting ready for the day is a lot easier now and I only own what I look and feel good in.


I live in a 4-season climate and this is all that I need. You don’t need 12 long sleeved shirts and 3 sweaters to get through winter! Once 90% of my clothes were gone I noticed that I didn’t need a dresser anymore. I bought this organizer and used it to store the small things such as socks and underwear. The bottom cubby holds gloves and my hat, the middle cubby holds my socks/underwear, and the top cubby holds my personal items such as my journal and set of scriptures.

I was able to sell my dresser for extra cash and now I have so much space in my bedroom. Laundry and clothes organization is a breeze, and getting ready for the day is super quick and easy now that I’m not spending tons of time trying to figure out what to wear. I wish I started on my capsule wardrobe sooner!


What I have in my closet:

1 pair of jeans

1 pair of skinny jeans

1 pair of shorts

3 t-shirts

2 short-sleeved pajama shirt

2 long sleeved pajama shirt

1 long-sleeved shirt

1 short pajama bottom

1 long pajama bottom

2 dresses

1 skirt

1 formal dress

2 pairs of dress pants (1 black, 1 grey)

2 bras

6 pairs of underwear

1 workout jacket

1 pair of workout sweats

1 short-sleeved workout shirt

1 sweater

1 jacket

1 coat

1 swimsuit

5 pairs of socks

TOTAL: 39 articles of clothing

For shoes, I have:

1 pair of boots

1 pair of Toms

1 pair of heels

1 pair of flip-flops

1 pair of sandals

1 pair of slippers

1 pair of running shoes

TOTAL: 7 pairs of shoes

For Accessories, I have:

2 pairs of gloves

1 hat

1 pair of diamond earrings

1 pair of pearl earrings

1 purse

TOTAL: 6 accessories

One thought on “6 Steps to Creating A Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Heather

    May 20, 2017 at 3:15pm

    That is impressive! I definitely need to cut down on some of my skirts…I have a maxi skirt issue where I just love them! And I live in them…and probably flip flops as well…I think I have 4 or 5 pairs 🙂

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  2. Rebecca Swenor

    May 20, 2017 at 11:22am

    This is a great post for me because I moved again and realized how many clothes that I have but no space. These steps are an awesome way to create a capsule wardrobe. I love how you did the spreading fast for the cloth you didn’t wear for 6 month. That is an excellent idea. Thanks for sharing the tips.

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  3. Tiara

    May 19, 2017 at 9:02pm

    These are such amazing tips. I absolutely love my crazy wardrobe though. I do not think I could ever desize my massive closet space.

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  4. Amanda

    May 19, 2017 at 4:17pm

    I need to do some Spring cleaning and revamp my closet. I always have a hard time letting go of shoes even when I know they are worn out. Haha maybe I should watch an episode of Hoarders to give me some inspiration too!

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  5. Carol Cassara

    May 19, 2017 at 3:49am

    It’s really nice to be able to minimize the clothes that you have in your closet. I think this is a good move. I’ve been slowly decluttering my closet for some time now.

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  6. Elizabeth O.

    May 19, 2017 at 3:45am

    I love this. I grew tired of the clothes that I have in my closet and I also did the same thing that you did. We don’t need a bunch of clothes per season, we can get through with what we have.

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  7. Amy

    May 18, 2017 at 8:38pm

    I absolutely love this idea. There are so many clothes in my wardrobe that I haven’t worn in so long. I think this idea would really work for me.

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  8. Kim

    May 18, 2017 at 7:33am

    I’ve always had troubles with organizing my wardrobe! I’m planning to fix everything on the weekend, so your article comes in handy!

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  9. David Elliott

    May 18, 2017 at 6:33am

    That’s so great that you were able to pair down. I could use doing a bit of that myself. Although I am not sure i would need the seven pairs of shoes. 🙂

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  10. Molly

    May 18, 2017 at 4:37am

    Wow, what discipline you have. I need to have a little more discipline in my closet, its getting a bit out of control, lol.

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  11. Lavonnia

    May 18, 2017 at 2:12am

    I’m about to have a yard sale. Maybe I’ll get rid of enough stuff to be able to make my closet to look close to this one.

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  12. Claudia Krusch

    May 17, 2017 at 11:37pm

    I need to try a capsule wardrobe! I think I will have to plan a day next week to get it done. It is so simple.

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  13. Lisa

    May 17, 2017 at 9:21pm

    You sound extremely organised. I really need to do this as I have so many items that I never wear.

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  14. Amber

    May 17, 2017 at 7:59pm

    I really need to try this out! My closet really needs to be cleaned. I really need to go through it.

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  15. Terri

    May 17, 2017 at 4:39pm

    I absolutely need to do this. I live in a small apartment with one closet and I think this would help me get organized.

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  16. Jay Colby

    May 17, 2017 at 3:46pm

    This was a great idea. Makes getting ready for the day easier.

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  17. Anonsa

    May 17, 2017 at 3:00pm

    Wow, now this will be one of my inspiration to have this wardrobe too. Having the what to wear every day is a nice idea. Definitely save time.

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  18. Jessica Taylor

    May 17, 2017 at 1:49pm

    I really need to go through my closet and get rid of the things I no longer wear. These are great tips so I know what I should keep.

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  19. Jenn JG

    May 17, 2017 at 11:53am

    This is Genius! So clean and organized! I need to take the first step and start with a donation pile. So much stuff I haven’t even took off the hanger in years!

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  20. Leah

    May 17, 2017 at 10:58am

    This was the hardest part for me when we were selling everything to go travelling – choosing what to take! I really could have done with this post then haha. Pinning to help others x

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      May 17, 2017 at 11:01am

      Thanks Leah! De-cluttering can be a painful process, but sooo freeing in the end!

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  21. robin rue

    May 17, 2017 at 10:28am

    I have the 4 seasons here, too, but I LOVE clothes shopping so I have WAY more than I need. I should learn to cut back a little.

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      May 17, 2017 at 11:02am

      The struggle is real! I still get tempted to shop sometimes, but the desire to has really decreased since I created my capsule wardrobe.

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  22. Pam

    May 10, 2017 at 1:27pm

    What a brilliant idea. I know i waste a lot of time just rrying to decide what to wear each day when i could be doing something more fun and productive.

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      May 10, 2017 at 1:29pm

      That was one of my main motivations to create a capsule wardrobe! Getting ready for the day is so quick and easy now!

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