Goodness, it’s been a while. Life around here is pretty full! We’ve been very busy. Mostly the good kind of busy – the one that fills your days with joy and laughter. Of course there’s also a little bit of the overwhelming busy that results when I say yes to too many things. I do that a lot, do you?
I’m learning to slow down, though. I’ve said no to some big things. I’ve removed some other things that didn’t bring joy. And I’m considering paring down further and removing another big thing that used to bring joy but now it seems like that season is over. I need to pray on it more. I’m studying 1 Peter right now and I thought I had the answer when I read this scripture:
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)
However, something just doesn’t feel right. I need to get out of my own head about it – aka stop looking inward. More praying, less thinking. We’ll see!
Our son LT has joined our neighborhood summer league swim team. He’s never been more excited about a sport in his life. He’s eager to work on his skills and do better each day at practice. He’s so confident and I’m so proud of him! He told me the other day that he wants to swim year-round when the summer league is over, so I’m looking into programs for that now (let me know if you have ideas, local friends!).
Okay, so that’s a quick and vague update. You’re probably here for the capsule wardrobe talk, right? 😉
Earlier this year I decided to quit the seasonal capsule wardrobe and switch to a year round capsule wardrobe. It feels silly to call it a year round capsule wardrobe, because isn’t that just a fancy (pretentious?) way to say “these are all my clothes”? The capsule philosophy is the same: a limited amount of clothing pieces, chosen carefully, that can be mixed and matched to create a multitude of combinations. When I say “chosen carefully” I mean that I’m still only including pieces that I love, that make me feel confident, comfortable, and put together.
So far, having more than 40 items to choose from every day makes it easier to put an outfit together that will work with the crazy Houston weather. That’s the biggest positive takeaway from this experiment. I have around 110 pieces to choose from now. I lost count and wasn’t interested in starting over. Honestly, it doesn’t matter.
Sometimes I feel like I might have too many things, but that could be because I’m used to having less than half of what I have now. I’m eager to “tidy up” Marie Kondo style soon to see if there’s anything extra in there that I’m not loving as much as I thought.
Speaking of Marie Kondo, I started folding my clothes in her style so I could file them in my drawers instead of stacking. I really loved it at first. It looked so neat and tidy. But y’all. It is so not practical. At all. You need a decent sized surface in order to fold that way, which I don’t have at the dryer. I have to fold at the dryer, or the clothes will not get folded. They just won’t. So after a few weeks of wearing wrinkled up clothes out of the laundry basket I decided file folding is not for me.
I think the year round capsule wardrobe thing is working for this busy mom. It takes the guess work out of getting dressed because I know just about everything looks good when paired together, but I also have enough to choose from to get me through the crazy weather mood swings we have here in Houston. Many days, I leave the house in the morning and don’t come back for hours (or not until dinner time!) so I need clothing options that can keep up with that schedule and work no matter how many seasons we see in a day!
So that’s my update. I’ll continue on the year round capsule wardrobe thing. I predict that by this time next month, I’ll only be wearing like a third of my wardrobe anyways because of the heat and humidity. Can you do me a favor and leave comments with questions or suggestions for future posts? I can’t blog often, but when I do, I want to make sure I’m giving you something you want to read. We recently travelled to Europe and only took a backpack for each of us, so I hope to blog about that soon. What else do you want to hear about?!
Talk soon. xoxo