My {Non} Capsule Wardrobe

my non capsule wardrobe

Let me preface this post by saying, I like to shop.

I’ve always liked to shop.

I like clothes, love accessories and have a {somewhat} serious bag and shoe problem. My love for shopping has calmed down a bit, because my life is completely different as a SAHM.

Let me also take the time to say that I am about to give birth to another little one. My boys will be 19 months apart and I will have been pregnant for 18+ months of the past three years. So I think it goes without saying that in the past three years, two pregnancies and nursing for 13 months, I’ve been all over the place in terms of sizing – on top and on bottom.

I also can’t say for certain that this is my last pregnancy. Baby bump #2 has been much harder than bump #1 – I think the whole summer vs winter pregnancy thing has something to do with it, but until we see what life is like with two little ones running around, I can’t rule out the possibility of more kids, even though it’s all up to the man upstairs & not me.

BUT I’ve been seeing so much love for the capsule wardrobe lately, I had to share with you my little version of it!


I feel like I’ve been talking for weeks about my urge to nest and purge and our necessity to make room for baby #2. We live in a 3 bedroom row home in the city {of Philly!} and for the past two years, we’ve been using our third bedroom a guest room – mainly for my parents when they visit. But the timing is perfect to turn the guest room into Brooks’ big boy room as we make room in the nursery for a newborn, because my parents just moved up to Pennsylvania, now only a short car ride away! Win!

So since both our families are 25 minutes or so away, we don’t really have a need for a guest room – plus, who’s going to come visit us with two under 2?!

The bad thing was that I was using the guest room as my own personal closet/storage space up until last week. So I went from having a large area to keep whatever I wanted, to having to condense everything into our master bedroom space {which is an awesome size} but I have to share with the hubs, wah wah.

My mom came up last week and we spent 3 days going through EVERYTHING. It literally took forever, but it was such an amazing feeling of organization once we were done. 

This organization/purge was long overdo, and while I didn’t scale down to the 36 items of a capsule wardrobe – or come even close! I got rid of so much stuff and it felt amazing. I donated bags and bags and dropped of so much stuff at my local consignment store {and I’ve been consigning online which is awesome too!} where I can make a few bucks. It feels amazing.

I think being almost 9 months pregnant is sort of a crazy time to go through your closet, but also the perfect time because you can’t try anything on so you are basing it all on emotion.

I asked myself if I loved it and if the answer was yes, I kept it.


The other main thing I did was to take everything out of the storage boxes they were in. All my sweaters and bags and shoes were hidden in boxes and you know what? If I can’t see it, I don’t wear it!

So I got rid of all the boxes and utilized this crazy built in part of our closet, folded everything neatly and now I can see everything. It feels so good to be able to see all my stuff and see what my options are when I go to get dressed. 

In the main closet we got rid of all the wire hangers {hate those!} and we literally only have enough hangers for pieces of clothes that need to be hung. So if I buy something, I have to get rid of something – that goes for shoes & bags too because I am maxed out on space and can’t fit anything else in there!

After spending days organizing, I know exactly what I have and can see it all. It feels great.

When I am not pregnant and can actually try things on, I plan to always have a little donation pile going for when I realize I don’t like the way something fits or the style isn’t me anymore. I know I have so many clothes and I want to scale down a bit, but again, there are a few different sizes mixed in – pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, post-pregnancy + nursing – over the course of a few years, so it makes things a little more challenging. 

Going through my closet feels so good. I am on a mission to go through every room in the house before little man #2 arrives and I am in the crazy pregnancy mood where I want to get rid of everything! Yesterday we went through the kitchen and got rid of 6 more bags! I’m on a mission!


What’s your best tip for closet organization?

Please share! 



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  • Reply Ani August 3, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I like those shoe cubbies! While we only have one little one, our guest room closet has become Christmas decoration/luggage/infant toy storage. Outdooor furniture cushions live under the beds during winter months. You’ve definitely put me in the mindset to purge!! Great post!

  • Reply Kiersten T August 3, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I always try to get rid of something when I buy something new (easier said than done!) but I think you need a blog sale!! I’ll take all your bags!! 🙂

  • Reply Katie D. August 3, 2015 at 9:21 am

    At 13 months post partum and still nursing, I’m not sure what fits or doesn’t fit anymore! Most of my pre-pregnancy clothes fit ok, some are great, others are terrible. BUT I have NO idea what/where my body shape will end up when I’m done nursing! (will my chest get smaller, will I lose some of the fat my body is hanging on to, will I gain a few lbs from not burning calories nursing???) so I have piles of clothes that are in a huge variety of sizes!

  • Reply DoubleM August 3, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Great post, Leslie. It looks amazing!

  • Reply Patty O August 4, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    You did a great job – I know it’s hard to go through your things and toss stuff out, but in the end you feel great and that is what counts!

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