A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a wardrobe guideline that I found very useful when curating my clothes – one in, one out. When you’re doing a capsule, it’s so helpful to have recommendations that can be added into your own framework.
There was another recommendation that initially I was very excited about. When you first set up your capsule or whole wardrobe, turn all the hangers the ‘wrong’ way around. Every time you wear a piece, replace it and turn the hanger the ‘right’ way around. You can then see how many hangers are facing which direction and that tells you which clothes you wear and – all importantly – which you don’t. Genius! I loved the simplicity of it.
At the beginning of one of my capsules, I turned all my hangers around and eagerly awaited the wisdom that would follow.
But it didn’t work for me, not the way I thought it would. You see, when you limit the number of pieces you own, it’s rare that you don’t try every piece at least once. And when I had done that and turned the hanger around, it appeared as though the rule was working.
But, in my wardrobe, it’s not enough that I wear a piece once. I want to wear it multiple times, in different combinations. And, this way, I couldn’t tell the difference between the pieces I wore once and those I wore frequently.
I toyed with the idea of putting a tag on each hanger and marking each time I wore a piece. Then I pictured Mr. Minimal-Lol’s face, concluding I had finally lost it! I thought about keeping a record of the number of wears per item. I thought of using one of those clever phone apps.
But in the end, I did none of those things. I went back to the original KonMari rule – pick up a piece and see if it sparks joy. When I first started to do this, I thought the picking up part was a piece of whimsy. But I think it works. Because I know immediately which pieces I connect with and which leave me lukewarm. And the reason I connect with a piece is because I have worn it multiple times and loved it.
I wanted to use logic over emotion. But in the end, emotion won out. My wardrobe is not just a collection of clothes to me. It symbolises a very real step I took to simplifying my life. And now I welcome that time at the end of a season when I hold my clothes and see if the bond has strengthened or weakened over a season. That moment is coming soon for my spring capsule review and, for me, it will bring more value than counting hangers.
Have a great week 😊