It is technically “spring” and yesterday we got about 8 inches of heavy snow. It’s a beautiful fricken winter wonderland out there. But dammit I want to wear my sandals!!! I’ve been toying around with Project 333 for about 4 years now, and I’m learning that where I live the whole “3 months” season thing just doesn’t really work. Essentially where I live we have 2 months of spring, 3 months of summer, 1 month of fall, and 6 endless months of winter. *sigh* What’s a minimalist wanna-be to do???
Clean it Out
During “spring” and “fall” my closet essentially doubles in size because half of the upcoming season’s items start leaching their way in, but all of the previous season is still out. This is basically how I cope with the very short transitional seasons where I live. I start pulling out pieces that make me feel happy that change is coming (really… I believe that spring will come. Seriously Elsa…). When I start running out of hangers that’s when I know I need to start sorting and purging. (hint: only have a limited number of hangers and hang all your clothes so you can really see what you have to work with!)
Time to bring out the bins and bags: Donate/Consignment, Trash/Recycle, Tailor, and Store
Transitional seasons are the perfect time to start taking notes on what hasn’t been working during the current season. For example, I am realizing that I need way more turtleneck sweaters and boots in my life next winter. I think I’m gonna go all out “Scandi” because I’m so sick of feeling cold!
I also like to use this time to look for inspiration for the upcoming season, review my notes from last year, and plan my shopping list. Oh, and my favorite part: SHOPPING. I get my inspiration from Instagram, Pinterest, and magazines, but I really try not to focus on “trends” and “keeping up”, rather I look for style, cut, color, and texture that catches my eye.
Make a List
Here’s what is on my list this spring:
I’m excited about this list this year because I am investing in a few pieces that are going to last a LONG time. Other items on the list (most of the thrifted items) are ones that I can expect to replace in 1-2 years depending on how quickly they wear out. Even when I’m buying used items I look for good brands, like-new, and high quality items that will last. More trendy pieces (like the cold shoulder top) I won’t worry as much about because I know that trend is not likely to stick around more than a year or two more.
My most important shopping tip? Become that girl. You know what I’m talking about. The one that can shop all day and come home with ONE thing. This is a lesson I’ve learned the hard way. Especially when you purchase a lot of thrifted items or off clearance racks, its tempting to buy things that are “almost right”. I usually catch myself saying “If only it were a different color!” or “If only it didn’t have that thing” or “It almost fits! Maybe I’ll alter it? Maybe I’ll lose a few pounds?”
Yeah. No. Stop it.
I’m drawing a line nowadays. If I don’t like something 100% I’m not getting it. Or I’m going to return it if I ordered it online. With one exception: I will get pants hemmed. (I’m rather tall, so the idea that I could find pants that actually fit me off the rack is like… a miracle). The deal is though – I have to actually take them to get hemmed before I start wearing them!
Finally, I’m putting this out there in public: After I get this list done, I am putting myself on a shopping freeze until Fall rolls around (which since we seem to be in an eternal winter may never happen! 😉
Hold me to it!
I would love to hear from you! What are some of your strategies for dealing with transitional seasons and a capsule wardrobe? Leave a comment below!