Minimalist shake-up

2017-09-24b Autumn capsule complete

Some months ago, I heard an ominous grinding noise coming from the wardrobe. The central rail which I had noticed was coming loose but cheerfully ignored, had slipped down on one side.

This was the final nail in the coffin. The wood in the wardrobe had become warped, the doors no longer closed properly, one of the hinges was loose and now the rail had slipped. Time to replace it.

I loved this wardrobe and my friend Laurel at Little Black Domicile is always kind enough to compliment me on it whenever I include a photo of it. But it was time to let it go.

So last week the replacement finally arrived. To get ready for it, I removed every item of clothing I had, as well as the contents of the room. (We thought we’d take the opportunity of refreshing the paintwork as well – it seemed like such a good idea at the time!).  It was so annoying being in the midst of clutter for a week!

2018-01-21 Messy room

Even the cat felt he had to hide from the mess!

2018-01-21 Cody

The resulting heap of clothes looked like the beginning of a KonMari clear-out. Even though I’ve streamlined quite a lot, there is nothing like putting all your clothes together in the one place to see exactly how much you have.

As the new wardrobe has a different configuration to the old one, I needed to put clothes in differently – which made me think differently about them! I think swapping over capsules from one season to the other has limited my vision a bit, as it’s become familiar.

So this process has led to some reflections:

  • Marie Kondo’s method really is genius – it’s only when you see the entirety of your wardrobe in the one place that you can see what you have.
  • This removes the fear of not being left with enough!
  • Contrary to any expectations, Mr. Minimal-Lol seemed to get inspired. I was always careful not to eulogise, evangelise, or (heaven forbid!) nag about the convenience of a capsule wardrobe. He too seemed a bit overcome when all his clothes were piled up together on the bed – and later on, I noticed him de-cluttering armfuls, no sackfuls of clothes!
  • I thought I had my capsule mindset fairly well managed. But moving the clothes around gave me a bit of a shake-up. Having done the major de-clutter a couple of years ago, I don’t think it would have occurred to me to do it again, on this scale. But moving the clothes to a different wardrobe compelled me to think differently.

 

Next week, I’ll dive a little deeper into what changes I’ve made. Until then, have a great week 😊

  9 comments for “Minimalist shake-up

  1. February 19, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Aww sad, I loved that wardrobe! Looking forward to seeing the new set-up though.

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    • February 19, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      HI there, I know! I did too! I think that’s the reason I ignored the warning signals for so long, I just didn’t want to face up to the fact that it was on its way out!! Lxx

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  2. January 24, 2018 at 6:03 am

    What a great opportunity for reflection that was! It’s so true that it’s only when you see the entirety of your wardrobe in the one place that you can see what you really have. I had that feeling when we moved to a smaller apartment in October last year. What I learnt from that experience was that I had more clothes than I thought I did or wanted to admit – seeing them all packed up into boxes made that uncomfortable realisation unavoidable – and it gave me the momentum to do another closet clear-out. It wasn’t pleasant to have to decide what was in and what was out, but I feel so much better for it! Now when I open the wardrobe here in our new place, I feel calm knowing that what I can see in front of me is all that I own – no clothes hiding in storage anymore! Hope you are enjoying the replacement wardrobe 🙂

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    • January 24, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Hi Lisa, thanks so much for the insightful comments! I think you used an interesting word there, ‘momentum’. I had lost some momentum as I had got into the swing of switching over capsules and this was a very timely shake-up. I’m really pleased with the new wardrobes and the new outlook! Lxx

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  3. January 21, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Hello Blogger Friend! Thanks for the mention in your post today. Ironically, as we speak, we are doing a follow up to a virtual online closet design we had the pleasure of aiding a client with last fall. HER closet rod had broken as well! Sometimes it really take a “nudge” to get us all in motion. Loving the new black frames on your photos too…I know how much extra time that takes. – Laurel

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    • January 21, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Hi Laurel, thanks so much for the comment. I had begun to think my lovely wardrobe was invincible but not so! A bit like your client with the broken closet rod! Thanks for noticing the frames – your eagle-eyed interior design faculties!!! Lxxx

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  4. January 21, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    A shake-up is sometimes exactly what we need to adjust our vision! Glad you turned a potentially stressful situation into a great one. 🙂

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    • January 21, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Hiya Steph, thanks a million for the comment. I think I did my fair share of stressing throughout the process! It was only when I stood back at the end that I saw it had also been a positive thing!!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Lxxx

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      • January 21, 2018 at 9:21 pm

        Oh I hear that! I usually stress first in the moment. Enjoy your weekend too!

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