As a notorious over-packer, the thought of trying to pack for Japan is a daunting one. This was one of my first concerns in thinking about living abroad for a year: what should/can I bring, and more importantly, how much can I bring? A quick google search and skimming through some pages and my heart sank. It’s recommended to bring 2-3 suitcases. That’s it. For a whole year. How on earth am I supposed to fit a year’s worth of clothes, shoes, trinkets from home that will comfort me when I’m home sick, into 2-3 suitcases?! I’m the girl who jams her carry on suitcase to the point of being too big to carry on. Not to mention I have a double closet that is basically full. Thinking about planning a year’s worth of clothes into such a small space makes my head hurt.
Somewhere between panic and denial I stumbled upon an article about capsule wardrobes. Which sounds slightly futuristic if you ask me. But as I have tried to be better at minimizing the amount of stuff I have (which after moving 10 times in 10 years you’d think I’d have down by now) I figured it was worth exploring. Basically the idea behind the capsule wardrobe is you only have 30 something items of clothing that you can mix and match into a bunch of different outfits to last you an entire season. It doesn’t sound too hard or scary, at least I didn’t think so, until you realize just how many clothes you actually own. But it seems like a great idea for spending a year as an expat…right?
So I did some research and am willing to give the idea a try. After some reading I was more sold on the idea. After all, I spend way too much time in the morning picking an outfit and usually only wear a handful of what I own. The capsule wardrobe converts swear it’s a great way to simply your fashion life, with the added bonus of saving money not buying stuff all season long just because it’s cute but rather buying a piece because it’s practical, can be used for a bunch of different outfits, and is cute! I can get on board for all those things. I cannot say if this is actually the case, but I am working my way towards converting (though slowly).
My first step is that I’ve turned all my clothes hangers backwards to see what I’m actually wearing. I’ve been doing this for about 2 weeks and have already done an initial donation sweep. But I have a ways to go. But I’m at least mentally bought into the idea, now to just apply it…