New wardrobe, new perspective!

After the disruption inevitably brought about by the replacement of our wardrobes, peace has once again broken out in the Minimal-Lol household!

The new wardrobe and chest of drawers are now in place. Living in the midst of clutter has become a dim and distant memory.  Whew!

(The photos below are to just give you an indication of what I’m talking about – just let me say – there’s a reason I’m not on Instagram, folks!!)

2018-01-28 Wardrobe 1

I set aside an afternoon to place all the clothes back. This wardrobe has a different configuration, so I needed to think more carefully as to what went where. It’s funny when you see different clothes side by side – you get a different perspective. I got a surge of creativity seeing different tops and skirts/trousers together and got some ideas for different combinations – and I thought I had exhausted all reasonable choices.

2018-01-28 Wardrobe 3

I didn’t put all my clothes back, though. I wouldn’t have chosen to do such an all-encompassing closet clear-out, as I thought I had my capsule pretty well sorted. But having to take everything out and then put them back a week later made me see them in a different light. Lovely Lisa over at Simple Life Experiment (check out her blog – it’s brilliant!), commented that this was a ‘great opportunity for reflection’ and she’s absolutely right. Momentum and a freshness of approach had been lacking but this reinvigorated me and the process.

My pride and joy is the chest of drawers. We opted for a wardrobe and chest of drawers, rather than two wardrobes. This decision was strongly influenced by my new-found love of folding clothes (thanks KonMari 😊).   I know this is such a nerdy confession, but I love the neatness of folding and the ease of seeing what’s there. Gone are the days of searching through piles of clothes and re-emerging triumphantly with the top I was seeking, but hopelessly creased and unfit to wear!

2018-01-28 Drawers 1


2018-01-28 Shoe Racks 1This style of wardrobe came with shoe racks, a previously unimagined luxury. Again, the neatness and ease of viewing makes getting dressed so simple.

I’m so pleased and thankful for the new wardrobes. The process was a bit stressful from time to time but I know it would have been so much worse a few years ago, when my wardrobe was easily 2 if not 3 times bigger – and I still had nothing to wear!

Have a great week 😊

  9 comments for “New wardrobe, new perspective!

  1. February 9, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Your house is so organized, I love it! I only started with the capsule wardrobe about 6 months ago and even though I’ve improved drastically I still feel like there’s a long way to go! I struggle with having a work wardrobe and my non-work wardrobe which has become increasingly casual, so figuring out how to dress up my casual pieces has been a fun challenge. Thank you for sharing your progress, it’s always fun to read about how others manage their capsules!

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    • February 9, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Hi Kasey, thanks for stopping by. I still feel my approach to a capsule wardrobe is evolving all the time. I also struggled with having a work and a non-work wardrobe and I found some of Courtney Carver’s articles at Project 333 very helpful for this. I think the secret lies is dressing one up a little and dressing one down a little – exactly as you seem to be doing 🙂 You can get far more creative than you ever thought possible!! Good luck with experimenting with your wardrobe, Lxxx


  2. January 29, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Oh gosh, this is a timely reminder that I really need to tidy up my wardrobe. I just love your neatness and KonMari folding, Lorraine! I’ve been getting better and better at keeping the quantity of clothes I own to a minimum, but I have a huge problem with actually keeping them tidy. I’ll neatly stack and fold everything every six months or so when I get a burst of inspiration (or just can’t stand the mess, more like it), but the next day I just start tossing clean laundry on top of it all and it turns into a mess 😛 . So glad to hear that the new wardrobe space and layout are going well! It must be lovely to be out of that transitional clutter and refreshing to see everything laid out in a new way. And how great that you got a fresh surge of inspiration for different outfit combinations, too. This year I really want to shop my own closet as much as I can, so I’m trying to mix and match pieces I already own that I’ve never thought to wear together. Sometimes the combinations are a little disastrous, but at other times I’ll put together a great new outfit and wonder why I didn’t think to try it out before. PS. Huge thanks for your very kind words about my blog, too! x

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    • January 29, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Hi Lisa, it’s amazing how looking at something even slightly differently, can alter our perspectives! Keeping things tidy used to be more of a challenge for me too, but there’s something about folding that I love – and once folded, clothes seem to be easier to keep that way. Someone said to me that they wouldn’t have the time or the patience for folding but I find it quite therapeutic!! Have a great day, Lxxx


  3. January 28, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I’m so glad everything worked out and you’re finally in your new wardrobe space! I think about how an average person would have used that wardrobe, probably the way you mentioned, stacking things on top of themselves only to make getting ready even harder! Your clothes look happy and ready to wear, such an inspiration to fix up my other drawers too!

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    • January 28, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Hiya Steph, I thought I’d never get there, when I was surrounded by all the clutter last week! But things worked out and we’re very happy and appreciative of what we have. Good luck with your drawers!! Lxx

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  4. littleblackdomicile
    January 28, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Great post! It’s refreshing to learn you’ve discovered new combinations for outfits while storing your wardrobe in a way that works just for you. I love days of “playing house” and looking at things we already own in different ways.

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    • January 28, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Laurel, what a cure phrase – ‘playing house’ – that’s exactly what I was doing!! It’s a bit like shopping your existing wardrobe – all the fun and none of the expense! Thanks for reading, as always xxxxx


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