Create a Capsule Wardrobe that Sparks Joy

Create a Capsule Wardrobe that Sparks Joy

When I created my first capsule wardrobe in 2010, my aim wasn’t to spark joy, look good, or even to have plenty of outfits to wear. I only wanted to experiment with dressing with less and define what “enough” meant to me.

Sparks of joy were simply a byproduct of the experiment. I didn’t need to rely on shopping or fashion to create joy because by simplifying my closet, I made room for joy in every other area of my life.

4 1/2 years later, I’m giving more thought to not only the joy that happens as a result of my capsule wardrobe, but the joy in it as well.

After reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I realized that I’ve been holding onto items that don’t bring me joy. Implementing the KonMari Method, I recently overhauled my capsule collection and plan to do the same for each season.

I Kondoed my Capsule Wardrobe

I took everything out. Everything. The clothes, the outerwear, the accessories, the jewelry and the shoes.

I held each piece in my hand and asked, “Does it spark joy?” If I wasn’t sure, I held it close to my heart and asked again. Because I am not that attached to my clothes, I had to ask other questions like,

  • Does this serve me well?
  • Do I feel good when I’m wearing it?
  • Does it fit well within the small collection of 33 pieces?
  • Am I holding onto this because I am afraid I might need it or because it serves the past or future and not the right now?

I discovered that while most of my stuff was in good condition and a good fit, it is time to replace a few things. I don’t need them all right away though, and will be adding them joyfully.

Try Project 333 and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up combined and you’ll immediately discover the joys of living and dressing with less.


  • Please check out my new live video course series to help you simplify every area of your life. The first session is March 31st. You can read about the topic and other details here: Be More with Less: the live sessions.