The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up And The Key To Capsule Wardrobes

The biggest myth of the capsule wardrobe is that the result of this lifestyle-change will look the same for everyone: 30 monochromatic items hung on a clothing rack in a white room near a succulent garden. But what if a 30 item wardrobe isn’t the goal? What if looking like the capsule wardrobe bloggers isn’t the objective? What of a capsule wardrobe isn’t simply having less? But instead, what if capsule wardrobing is about creating a closet you love?

This is where our friend Marie Kondo’s #1 New York Times Best Seller, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, comes in. As Kondo walks the reader through the journey of tidying up, she makes clear that the goal isn’t simply throwing things away. Instead, the goal is being surrounded by loved possessions. By possessions that “spark joy.”

She describes her own story of shifting perspective from what to throw away to what to keep:

I had been so focused on what to discard, on attacking the unwarned obstacles around me, that I had forgotten to cherish the things that I loved, the things I wanted to keep. Through this experience, I came to the conclusion that the best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.

This key insight to Kondo’s work can help radically dispel the myths around the capsule wardrobe lifestyle. At the end of the day, creating a "capsule wardrobe" is not simply about getting rid of clothing but about making sure that your closet is filled with clothing you love - because, simply, if you love it, then you’ll wear it. A new intentional life of shopping and dressing - that’s more personal than ever before - slowly emerges through this change of perspective, change of habits.

But this change doesn't simply come about through barreling through our closets and homes and discarding like crazy people. Because, if this is all we're doing, then we'll simply re-buy these things next season. Instead, this change comes from reminding ourselves of the goal:

After all, what is the point in tidying? If it’s not so that our space and the things in it can bring us happiness, then I think there is no point at all.

What’s the point of capsule wardrobing if it’s not to surround ourselves with loved items that we’ll wear again and again - with a closet that we can open every morning that makes us excited to get dressed? So, we're listening carefully to Kondo as a guide for how to tidy up and how to move forward and shop:

We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.

Find the items you love, that you wear again and again, and hold on to those. And don't add things to your wardrobe that don't spark joy. Creating a capsule wardrobe doesn't mean throwing away the clothing you love. Instead, it means waking up every morning to a closet that gives you joy. Now that is truly life-changing.

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