Author: minimallol

Minimalism and capsule wardrobe blogger - yoga lover - I'm Irish, living in a small village in the UK

Capsule Combinations

My first foray into the world of Project 333 was in autumn 2015.   I felt quite anxious about attempting it but thought I’d give it a go. I selected clothes for my workwear capsule and then some for my casual wear capsule. So 2 capsules, each of 33 pieces. 66 pieces felt quite limited (!)…

Letting go

This is a picture of a candle, with a burnt wick. Nothing to see here, right? But sometimes it’s the little things that can make a difference. I feel I’m an old hand at de-cluttering now. Clearing out clothes was fine – in fact, very liberating. I thought books would be hard and they were…

Small steps to simplicity

When I started my journey to simplicity, I found minimalism to be the greatest tool at my disposal. At that stage, I hadn’t read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying – indeed I don’t think it was even available in English at that point. But I agree with her that starting with clothes is…

Autumn capsule: curating

  I’ve transitioned from my summer to my autumn capsule. It feels great – like I have a whole, new wardrobe! It’s one of the things I love about Project 333. While the number is limited, it’s not restrictive and each capsule lasts for only three months – not long enough to get tired of…

Autumn capsule: preparation

  There’s a chill in the air, a diminishing of leaves on the trees and my summer clothes are beginning to feel inadequate – autumn is coming! Personally, I love autumn – or fall for my US readers :-). I like the excuse to snuggle into warmer clothes, dust off my boots and start lighting…

Autumn capsule: planning

When I’m planning a new capsule, I have a simple technique to figure out the proportions of what type of clothes I need: Calculate the hours in a week Figure out how many hours I’m in sleepwear (not just asleep!) Count how many hours are spent at work (including commuting) What’s left is down-time, so…

Sale shopping and the striped tee

Minimalism has made me a far fussier shopper. I shop a lot less but more intentionally than I used to. Shopping for me now looks like this: I go shopping with a list It’s usually to fill a specific gap in my capsule wardrobe I have fewer things to shop for My goal of quality…

Minimalism and perfection

Sometimes I get side-tracked by the pursuit of perfection. Here’s my dilemma …. I love reducing the number of items I have – living with less – clearing the clutter. It helps my outlook, my contentment levels and my appreciation for what I have. But I can get locked into a mindset that looks like…

Neutral cardigan and the absence of joy

I love Marie Kondo’s phrase of ‘does this spark joy?’ when reviewing an item, but sometimes think it’s overstating how I feel.  My raincoat doesn’t exactly spark joy but I wouldn’t be without it.  So, I’ve tended to use The Minimalists’ phrase of ‘does this add value to my life?’.  This suits me better and…

Fear and clothing in Hartley Wintney

You know when you’re so enthusiastic about something that you actually put someone off?! I was talking to a friend last week – she complimented me on my dress and I thanked her. ‘Of course, you do that capsule wardrobe thing, don’t you?’ she said. ‘Yes’, I replied.  ‘I love it – I’d never go…