Over the past year or so,  I have made it my personal mission statement to “minimize the crap”. This journey started with my closet at home, implementing wardrobe concepts like creating a capsule wardrobe into my life. The goal was simple, get rid of the extra stuff and leave standing a well-curated wardrobe. I stuck with the basics and added in the pieces i had always coveted. I will also show you how I translated the same concept into my personal capsule planning style.



I made sure to stick with colors I felt most like myself in: black, white, gray, and nude.


I emptied out the entire closet and only added back the items that fit in the above color palette and that fit properly.


I tossed the items that weren’t in the best condition, and donated or sold the items that were still in great condition, but hadn’t been worn in the past year, fit properly, and/or didn’t fit in my capsule color palette.


With the money I made from purging and after I determined what my wardrobe budget would be I added a few items to my closet:

a basic leather tote

a leather cross body bag

a basic pair of leather booties

a pair of leather flats

a basic black pump

a pair of athletic shoes

card holder,

3 pairs of jeans (black, darkwash, and cropped darkwash)

6 basic t-shirts (nude, 2 black, 2 white, gray)

a pencil skirt

an lbd  (little black dress)

RESULTS:  eliminated decision fatigue whilst getting ready, allowed me to have a closet that fit my personality and body type, and allowed me to focus on quality pieces rather than quantity.




I chose a palette that allowed me to read all my plans and doodles clearly (black, gray, and the occasional blush orchid pink). I chose a minimal layout: black or gray words on primarily white paper. I know I appreciated nice writing tools and leaned more toward fineliners and gel pens with muted ink colors.


I tossed out flimsy Target One Spot items and traded them in for notepads like this, and got rid of, or gifted, brightly colored planning supplies that no longer fit my aesthetic. GOODBYE WASHI TAPE.


I discovered that I loved spiral-bound planners, but wanted something more customizable. I also wanted the durability of a binder like system, but wanted to make sure it was something that could stand getting lugged around to meetings, taken out of town, and shoved in my handbag.

Louis Vuitton Desk Agenda

Lavender Discs in Gold



I chose tools that fit within my color palette and chose the following inserts: a Day on One page Layout (DO1P) and a Week on One Page (WO1P) layout in a basic black a white. I realized in my old planning layouts I primary used sticky notes and hand lettering to “decorate my pages”. So here are the supplies I chose.

CLOTH & PAPER INSERTS-I needed black or gray words on predominately white paper

Monami Essenti Soft highlighter in Gray

Monami Aqua Plus Ultra fineliner in Black

White metal Gel Pen with .38mm tip (nice weight and refillable)

One care-free gel pen with a .38mm tip (easily replaceable)

Marvy Le Pen in Orchid and Gray

Ruler (one here and here)

Leather Pen Loop since the LV DA does not come with a slot for a pen

Sticky Notes (here , here, here, and here)

RESULTS:  More streamlined planning process, less cluttered pages, sticking to a single color palette could alleviate regrettable purchases, more ticks off my to-do list.

I hope you find this information helpful. Perhaps you are a first time planner or stuck in a planning rut. Try Capsule planning out and let us know how it worked for you! #capsuleplanner







  • This is so great. I too tend to pair down when I’m in a planner rut and I go back to simple productivity driven planning. It definitely makes more sense and it always takes the pressure off.

  • clothandpaper (Author) Aug 1, 2016, at 22:47

    Im glad i’m not alone!! thanks for stopping by C|P

  • So do you use only one planner?

  • clothandpaper (Author) Aug 2, 2016, at 2:39

    I have one actual planner my Desk Agenda (DA), and one 6 ring binder that I use more so as a notebook for quick thoughts and sketches/scribbles. I use the DA for my day to day and month to month planning, to do lists, finances, meal planning, etc.

  • I would love to see how your spreads look like! How do you use the gray highlighter? 🙂 I love everything you sell btw! xx

  • clothandpaper (Author) Aug 2, 2016, at 17:06

    Absolutely, I will start posting the spreads on our Instagram @cloth_and_paper :). Thanks for the kind words!

  • I really admire what you have done. I also have tried to pare down. It is really difficult. I enjoy a neutral palette as well as anyone. But I love love love color and prints. My problem is that I need seasonal change. I have tried to incorporate my need for color by limiting color and print explosions to accessory items and a few standout knits. BTW – I can’t wait to see your new planner. You truly have impeccable taste.

  • clothandpaper (Author) Aug 25, 2016, at 14:43

    Thank you so much! That means the world to me!!!!

    Color limiting was the only way that I could get away from all the unnecessary supplies. I found that the ones that I was scared to use, fit my styles and aesthetic the most.

    As far as needing seasonal change….You can do like me…I keep my foundation colors black, white, nude, gray, and interchange a fifth color every now and again…lets say around fall you want to introduced a burgundy. You won’t have to purchase all new supplies just maybe get a new burgundy pen, some sticky notes with a burgundy accent, or maybe a burgundy paper clip. Making this subtle changes could solve your problem, but give you just the change you need while keeping your foundation the same.

  • Ashley this is perfect, it’s exactly what I’m trying to accomplish, I’m not even done decluttering but already feel so at peace and driven to move on to my real goals! Thanks for sharing!

  • clothandpaper (Author) Sep 6, 2016, at 15:32

    Nora, Im so happy that you found this blog post helpful!! We have some tools that will be releasing very soon to help with streamlining your capsule planning.

  • Love this – it’s such a tried and true method to actually get things done. I love planning and organization but I find myself so uninspired by the masses of plan with me videos that include more decorating than planning. I see those kinds of colorful spreads and it just gives me anxiety because I can’t separate out what I’m trying to accomplish from all the fluff! We need more planner inspo out there that’s clean, classic and functional. Keep up the beautiful work and sign me up for your capsule planner, can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  • clothandpaper (Author) Sep 8, 2016, at 16:53

    It’s so validating to hear that so many of you was in the same headspace I was in a year ago. It was all so overwhelming, Ive definitely learned to scale back and streamline my aesthetic using this technique. This can apply to so many different facets of your life, decorating your home, planner, wardrobe, etc.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read our post! I hope that others continue to find the luxury in simplicity!:) X Ashley

  • This is a great post. I love for my planners to be classic, simple, and functional. I just got back into the planner world and it was definitely overwhelming with the washis, stickers, target flags/tabs, etc.. I tried it and it didn’t work for me. I went back to what I like. Clean, classic, simple, and functional planning. By no means am I downing the wonderful ladies with the colorful agendas because they are beautiful and it works for them but not for me. I am a natural purger and in the process of cleaning out my closet so this post was inspiring. Keep them coming!

  • clothandpaper (Author) Oct 3, 2016, at 21:06

    Keyonna, thank you for so much for reading our pos and welcome back to the planner world!

  • I carefully read your strategy on how to build a capsule wardrobe, then transitioned it to your planner. You broke down so well I think I’ll finally be able to successfully build my capsules in 2017! Thanks for sharing

  • clothandpaper (Author) Dec 22, 2016, at 19:48

    That’s awesome!! I am so happy that you found this post so helpful!!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2017. Cheers!

  • I love your suggestions and am currently working on a streamlined planning process. And I’m coveting an LV Desk Agenda! I’m going to go Instagram stalk you so I can see your planning spreads.

  • clothandpaper (Author) Jan 12, 2017, at 21:35

    I happy to hear that you found these suggestions useful. Tag us on Instagram @cloth_and_paper if you decide to use this method, we would love to see what you do!

  • Felecia Powell-Williams Mar 20, 2017, at 1:28

    Ashley thank you for posting such clarity in organization. I am a psychologist in private practice. I have to manage my practice, our home, finances and personal. I have attempted to plan on paper, my smart phone, computer, and all three. Of course it wasn’t possible to keep up with all, so paper planning has been my saving grace with my personal size filofax. I find using a week on two page is more practical for me, but I can’t find one with 15 minute intervals per hour (1:00, 1:15, 1:30, 1:45). I would love to hear your ideas of how to make such a task do able.

  • clothandpaper (Author) Mar 20, 2017, at 17:56

    YOU ARE BUSY! How do you plan all that an keep it contained in a personal sized planner? I really need to do a planner walk through to show how I use our appointment section of out Capsule Planning pages to block out time in my day.
    In Brief:

    I use my weekly layout for just a quick overview of activities/events/payments due/etc that are confirmed! I use my daily pages to do an a more in depth planning for each day. I kind of include bullet journaling and traditional planning to keep track of my day to day.

  • Felecia Powell-Williams Mar 20, 2017, at 20:19

    I would love a walk through. Please let me know the process and your availability.

  • clothandpaper (Author) Mar 22, 2017, at 19:53

    We may actually do a YouTube video on this topic. We have been receiving a ton of questions for a walk through.

  • Wow, this post was unbelievably helpful. I am moderately new to the planner world. I dove headfirst into an Erin Condren with weekly kits, Happy Planner stickers, washi tape, the works! I quickly found the planning took too long this way and I would use my planner at most 2 days out the week. I am now in the process of blocking out the YouTube videos and finding what truly works for me in this world and keeping it simple in an A5 planner is what is working best for me now.

    I just have to thank you for such a helpful and well written guide to the capsule approach in planning. Also, I will be using your tip on how to integrate the changing seasons in your planner by adding one other color to the color pallete!

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