Simplify Your Closet in 9 Steps, Even When You Don’t Have Time to Declutter Your Clothes

Inside: Learn how to simplify your closet + see photos of my Fall Capsule Wardrobe.

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The other day I was standing in front of my closet trying to figure out what to wear. I tried on a few shirts and then changed my pants but nothing seemed right.  Before I knew it, I had a heap of clothes on the floor and I still wasn’t ready to leave the house.

Please tell me I am not alone in this! 

I recently read an article in the Huffington Post that discusses the idea that when given too many options people have a hard time making a decision at all. I think I was experiencing this problem because I had a closet full of clothes but I felt that I didn’t have anything to wear.  My problem was that I had way too many options.

This feeling is known as paralysis by analysis.  Maybe you have felt it too?

Although paralysis by analysis is a real thing and can cause us a lot of stress, there is another way.  A better way.  And I want to share that with you today!

ENTER >>> A Capsule Wardrobe

The idea of a capsule wardrobe is very popular today, even though it’s not a brand new concept.  The whole purpose behind a capsule wardrobe, whether you have 30 items, 10 items or 50 items, is to eliminate this feeling of overwhelm.

In other words, a capsule wardrobe is limiting our choices. In the same Huffington Post article the author explains that “limiting choice can improve our chances of actually making a decision and then staying committed to that decision.”

Having a capsule wardrobe limits the choices you have to get ready in the morning and will hopefully help you make the decision quicker.  And bonus, it saves you time getting ready in the morning and money on clothes you don’t need.

To develop my own capsule wardrobe I followed the advice of Courtney Carver and completed her Project 333 experiment.  I highly recommend you check our her site!

Pros of Project 333:

  • Simple rules to follow: Pick 33 items of clothes and accessories to wear for 3 months.
  • It’s flexible: You decide if you include shoes, jewelry, etc, or not!  It’s your challenge so you make the rules work for you.
  • There is an engaged community: Follow #project333 on social media for outfit ideas and encouragement.

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Simplify your closet and create your own capsule wardrobe by completing the steps that follow!

Simplify your closet in 9 Steps

1.  Pull out all of your clothes, even the clothes you have packed away in the basement and storage closets (I know they are there!)

If you don’t pull everything into one area then you don’t really know how much stuff you actually have.

2.  Try on everything.

I mean everything!  This will likely take a while, so set aside some time to go through your clothes.

3.  Sort your clothes into three piles: Yes in challenge, Not in challenge but keep (i.e. not the right season, needs altering, not ready to part with yet, etc), Do not keep (i.e. donate, trash, etc).

I know I said you don’t have to declutter anything to simplify your closet, and you don’t have to!  The beauty of the Project 333 challenge is that you pick 33 pieces to wear for one season and box up the rest.  After the season is through you can pull that box back out and decide if you want to swap out pieces for new pieces from your storage.  Or at that point you can decide to declutter some of your clothes.

However, I did want to mention that by reducing the clothes in your closet and storage in the first place you make it easier to decide which 33 pieces to use in your Project 333.  The first time I tried Project 333 I had a heck of a time deciding what to use for my 33 pieces.  After I decluttered some of my clothes I found it much easier to choose my favorites!

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4.  Look at your schedule for the next 3 months – do you have weddings or parties that require a more formal outfit?

Make sure to include something that will work for these events as well.

5. Decide on your 33 pieces: Think about what your absolute favorite pieces are from your “Yes in challenge” items.

Mix and match pieces and pick those that serve multiple purposes or fit with mutiple outfits.  Do not stress about picking the exact right 33 pieces.  Just pick them and start the challenge.  And remember – it’s only 3 months long!  You can get the rest of the clothes back after 3 months is up!

6.  Hang up your 33 pieces in your closet or put them away in your dresser.

Sit down and have a glass of wine because you are amazing. 😃

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7.  Box up the rest of your clothes and put them out of sight.

This is a key step because you don’t want to be tempted to pull something out of the box.  This is your challenge, so it only works if you challenge yourself!

8. With that being said, do not be afraid to swap pieces out along the way.

You are not a failure if you swap something out or realize that shirt you picked, you really don’t like how it fits after all.  Do not let the fear of indecision stop you from starting the project.  It’s way more important to start with something than not starting at all.

9.  Give yourself heaps of grace.

I just read an email from Courtney about her Tiny Wardrobe Tour.  In the email she mentions that people sometimes get overwhelmed with doing their first Project 333.  She recommends understanding your WHY first. Why are you wanting to do the Project 333 Challenge?  Yes, you want to own fewer clothes, but you will have many more additional benefits from doing Project 333.

“There are lessons to be learned in even the tiniest steps towards dressing with less.” -Courney Carver, Be More With Less

Thinking about this WHY and those benefits might help you to relax and not worry about failing or picking the exact right 33 items.

My Own Fall Capsule Wardrobe

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To give you an idea of what a capsule wardrobe looks like I wanted to share what I chose for this season.  Keep in mind everyone has different styles and tastes so everyone’s capsule will be a little different, maybe even a LOT different. 😃

If it helps you to see what I chose then great!  If it doesn’t, then no hard feelings.  You do you and I’ll do me. 😃

8 – shirts
4 – pants
1 – skirt
2 – dresses
3 – boots
1 – ballet flats
1 – dress shoes
3 – pieces of jewelry (necklace, bracelet, earrings)
2 – scarves
2 – jackets
1 – vest
2 – tanks
3 – sweaters
Total = 33

I hope you have been inspired to dress with less.  Are you ready to create your own capsule wardrobe??  Click the image below to join now!

Simplify your closet in 9 easy steps. Join the Project 333 Challenge today!

>>>For capsule wardrobe inspiration follow my Pinterest Board: Simple Wardrobes

Have you ever created a capsule wardrobe or completed a challenge like Project 333?

The challenge officially starts at the beginning of every January, April, July and October.  However, don’t let that stop you from starting wherever you are! It’s never too late to start dressing with less!  Are you ready to join in on the fun?  Share in the comments below!

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14 Responses to Simplify Your Closet in 9 Steps, Even When You Don’t Have Time to Declutter Your Clothes

  1. Vicky Pietz says:

    Great advice for how to sort through and declutter a closet. Wish my husband didn’t hold into things so much. He makes it hard to declutter. This might help though.

    • tara says:

      Hi Vicky! Everyone seems to have a different idea of what “enough” is. I try to focus on decluttering my own stuff first and hope that others will follow suit. I hope this post was helpful. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Tissy says:

    Going home tonight to do this…loved it. Never heard of capsule closet

  3. Christine says:

    I’m a minimalist, so the less clutter, the better. I like this approach to decluttering, I might just need to give it a try with hubby’s side of the closet! 😁

  4. Amy says:

    Good advice, I’m going to attempt this over the weekend, wish me luck, I may not quite make the 33 items

    • tara says:

      Hi Amy! I hope you are successful! It’s better to at least try to get to 33 than keep living with an overwhelming amount of clothes. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

  5. Heather says:

    This is awesome! I’ve been thinking seriously about doing some major trimming of my wardrobe but wasn’t sure where to start! This is the perfect idea! Thank you!

    • tara says:

      Hi Heather! I am glad this post was helpful! Hopefully you have some luck creating your own capsule wardrobe. Let me know how it goes!

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  7. Caroline says:

    Doing this tonight! I’ve wanted to declutter for so long and tap into the onderful world of capsule wardrobes!

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