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Intentional Closet


I think every girl has walked into their closet and said, “I have nothing to wear.” Even though your closet is literally busting at the seams. I know, I see you. And I’ve been there, done that.

Last year, I was done feeling that way and had been reading all about capsule wardrobes and I wanted that so badly. And now a year later I don’t have a “capsule” wardrobe per say BUT I def have a closet that I love and that is very intentional. By that I mean, most of my items mix and match. I don’t have a certain amount of articles so that’s kind of why I say it’s not a capsule. But I haven’t walked into my closet in a long time and thought I have nothing to wear. So, Yay! And if you’re tired of your current clothing situation I think this will help.

Step 1: Make a list of items you love.

I had no idea where to start, but I found that starting in my dirty laundry was really helpful. It was the items I was wearing over and over and that’s what I wanted more of. Things that I absolutely love and didn’t want to take off. I started by making of list of those items (haha dorky I know but so helpful!) I would write down why I loved them, the material, fit, color, etc. And that really helped me find my personal style. And when I say personal style I don’t think mine has a title but it’s mine and that is what makes it personal. LOL

Step 2: The purge

I found a really helpful closet detox on pinterest and started working on purging my closet. Working towards having a closet that was minimal but also functional and having items that I 100% absolutely loved wearing was my end goal . It was super hard because I even got rid of items that I really liked. I did that because it didn’t go with the closet I was working toward (example, a shirt that I might have loved but didn’t match a lot of the items that I really reallyyyyy loved even more.) And I know it sounds weird, you’d think having more clothes equals more outfits but when things don’t go together they just hang in your closet. Another thing was looking at was what stage of life I am in right now. I’m a stay at home mom, and having multiple pair of slacks and business attire just wasn’t needed anymore. Its hard at first to purge but it got easier and easier as the year went on.

Also, knowing what articles of clothing I loved helped minimize my shopping soooooo much too. If you know me I love to shop. But now if I don’t 150% love something then it doesn’t come home with me. And if I do buy a new piece I ask myself do I have at least 3 outfits this will go with. And if I’m in the fitting room, and I’m altering it or wishing it was a little bit different here or there, same rules apply. It goes back on the shelf.

Step 3: Knowing your color palette

Having a color palette was really helpful too, but since my late 20’s I’ve always just kind of lean toward neutral colors anyhow so I didn’t have to put a lot of thought into this. But I know I wear more browns than blacks, so I try to think of that when I’m shopping too. If something doesn’t really go into my range of colors then I hold off. I keep these things in the back of my mind just so I can be intentional on what I’m buying and not stuffing my closet full of trendy things. Trends come and go but investing in pieces that aren’t trendy is really what’s going to keep you in line with your closet.

I wish I could say my closet is complete and I will never have to buy another item. (Ryan wishes that too, haha sorry babe.) But let’s face it fashion is always changing and I have always loved it. I love shopping, putting together outfits, coming up with ideas, really…any and all things style. (Ask my best friends mom who repeatedly had to clean up her closet after I left, Patty, as a mom now I apologize that I didn’t clean up after myself. I am ashamed lol.)

Step 4: Having really great basics and staple pieces

This is a little harder to explain because everyones lifestyle and personal style is…well, it’s different! But I feel like for me, having great denim and a denim jacket is probably my top essential pieces. Those are the things I tend to spend more money on. (Oh lord, and shoes! Gotta have great shoes!!) But then my tees and tops I try to save instead of splurge. That’s just me though, it’s really based on knowing your personal style, lifestyle, colors you love to wear, materials that are flattering on you. It’s all trial and error and starting with these basic steps will help!

Honestly, having a small wardrobe might not be for everyone. And that’s fine if it’s not for you, but I know I needed the change. I’m personally working towards being more minimal and humble. A lot of my 20’s I will admit I was probably a shopaholic. LOL not kidding. And I’m realizing I just want to have less, simplify my life, and to be content and humble. If you follow me on instagram, you know my word for 2019 is humility. I started this blog 2 years ago with “Humbling bee” because I know the Lord has been speaking this word over me and changing me to become a more humble woman.

I really truly love my wardrobe now, and I really think if y’all want a smaller more intentional closet this will help. . Here’s some of my favorite essentials. I have more outfits I want to share with y’all but these are just a couple that I love because of how simple they are.

In a world where we are asked to buy more, spend more, and having more is “better”. I’m loving the process of learning to live with less, and being intentional in so many aspects of life. #thisis30 I’d love to hear from y’all. Any feedback would be amazing! Is an intentional closet something you wish you could do? Or are you in the process of purging? If so I really really hope the closet detox guide helped. Lemme know y’all. I love when you comment, it makes my day!

Leopard is always a neutral and adds a little fun to outfits!

10 responses to “Intentional Closet”

  1. Bina says:

    Lol, Looking back, I’m sure Mama would look into my closet and die a little after you and Leanne left!! 😂

  2. Denise says:

    Um, I know she did. And I have all girls, so it’s going to come back to me when their friends come over lol. Actually, Penland already changes a million times a day, so it’s started LOL

  3. Kim King says:

    Thanks for this Denise! I, too, am called to a more simple, humble, life. I haven’t tackled my closet yet, except to consistently weed stuff out. Your tips are very useful! Love to you & your beautiful family 😘

  4. Holly says:

    I love this! I’ve been trying to size my closet down, but it has been so hard because I keep thinking, “I might use that later.” You have inspired and motivated me ❤️

    • Denise says:

      Yay! Thank you for reading! Another thing I did, if I was having a hard time getting rid of it. I’d put it in a tote in my closet, and if I didn’t pull it out or think of it once after 4 months I’d sell it or donate! buh byeeeee.

  5. Lala says:

    I tired to be like you and I purged and filled back up and now I’m in the same boat but with nicer, newer clothes that still just hang there while I wear the same pair of leggings and Dunder Mifflin tee shirt. 😂😂

  6. Bekah says:

    I absolutely love this! I love that you are trying to be more intentional because you know you are thirsting for it in your spiritual life. I know a ladies closet is an intimate place because it’s a reflection of ourselves. It’s also a place of prayer or insecurities. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!!

    • Denise says:

      ♥️ Thank you so much, and yesss to all that. It’s taken a while to get to where I don’t just want to shop and buy all the time. I still struggle occasionally but I’m thankful God is guiding me!

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